NFL betting lines moved by 2.5 points as gamblers pounded the Raiders.
Football odds on the Raiders-Bears game are now a pick after the Bears were favored by 2.5 points. The Bears have no quality backup quarterback behind starter Jay Cutler and bettors realized that after reading the information we put out.
Raiders: The Raiders beat the Dallas Cowboys last week 17-9 in preseason action and their backups outperformed the starters. Kyle Boller looked good in relief of Jason Campbell. He is definitely a better backup quarterback than anyone on Chicago. Boller threw for 148 yards and a TD last week against the Cowboys. The Raiders also got a nice game from backup running back Michael Bennett as he had 68 yards rushing and 33 yards receiving. Games in NFL preseason action usually come down to the backups in the second half and the Raiders have the edge at quarterback.
Bears: The Bears looked a lot like they did last year in a pitiful 25-10 loss to San Diego a week ago. Quarterback Jay Cutler didn’t throw an interception and that is about the only positive for Chicago. The running game is still terrible as they had just 48 yards on 21 carries. Backup quarterback Caleb Hanie was decent but he got hurt in that game and will not play this week. Rookie quarterback Dan LeFevour was awful as he went 2-for-10 for 21 yards and was sacked three times. The Bears signed former Kansas City and New England backup Matt Gutierrez on Wednesday just so they have a warm body to use on Saturday after LeFevour. The defense for Chicago was also terrible last week as they gave up 335 yards to the Chargers.
Line Move: The bettors are really taking the Raiders in this game even though they are on the road. The NFL betting lines have already moved 2.5 points and it would not be a surprise to see Oakland favored when the game starts. You may also want to consider a halftime bet in this game based on the backup quarterback situation for Chicago.