The Baltimore Ravens will be NFL wagering favourites against the Chicago Bears, despite the fact that seven players, including cornerback Jimmy Smith, wide receiver Breshad Perriman, defensive tackle Brandon Williams and offensive lineman Matt Skura, missed practice on Wednesday. Tight end Maxx Williams, on the other hand, who has missed the last three games with an ankle injury, returned to practice as a full participant. And the aforementioned Brandon Williams hinted at his own return in the coolest possible way.
— Brandon Williams (@BrandonW_66) October 11, 2017
- Date: Sunday, 15th October
- Time: 1:05 PM
- Venue: M&T Bank Stadium
- Sportsbook NFL betting site odds:
Bears +6 (-105) 39 (-105) +231
Ravens -6 (-115) 39 (-115) -282
Sometimes, less is Baltimore
The Ravens are slowly getting back on track after losing, SU and ATS, back-to-back divisional games, against the Jaguars and the Steelers, by a combined score of 70-16. Baltimore defeated the Raiders as road dogs 30-17 and covered the spread on Sunday (though Oakland was without starting QB Derek Carr), improving their recent road record to 2-7. Flacco did not, against the Raiders, throw a TD pass but at least he didn’t, after six interceptions in four games, throw a pick either. The Ravens are, this weekend, favoured to improve their lousy non-conference record, which currently stands at 2-6 SU and 1-6-1 ATS versus the NFC since 2015. In addition to that, the Ravens are 1-5 ATS in their last six games in October. Finally, they have won their last 15 games as six-point or more faves and have covered the NFL wagering spread in five of the last seven of those 15 games, and are 5-2 ATS in their last seven home games but 1-4 ATS in their last five games in Week 6, and 1-5 ATS in their last six games in October.
Trubisky will not be truant
Rookie QB Mitch Trubisky didn’t pull a Deshaun Watson-in-Houston for the Bears on Monday’s 17-20 loss to the Vikings. But he was, especially when compared to Mike Glennon, good enough to warrant a second start, against the Ravens on Sunday. Trubisky completed 12 of 25 passes for 128 yards with one TD, one pick and a 60.1 passer rating, and rushed for 22 yards on three carries. While the UNC product didn’t get the SU win, he did pick up his first-ever professional ATS win, which improved the Bears to 5-4 against the spread in the last nine games. Chicago is 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games in the early afternoon but 2-5 ATS in their last seven games on Sunday after a Monday night game and 5-15 ATS in their last 20 games in Week 6. Moreover, the Bears have lost their last 10 road games and covered in only two of them. All things considered, both Chicago and Baltimore have terrible offenses (27th and 28th respectively) and good-to-mediocre defenses (6th and 16th) so all sign points to the NFL wagering total going under, as it has gone in four of the Bears’ last five games against the Ravens.