In NFL online betting news, Chicago Bears rookie quarterback Mitchell Trubisky moved up to the backup spot on Wednesday, ahead of Mark Sanchez and behind Mike Glennon. That’s not a sandwich you want to be the meat of. “He earned that spot,” head coach John Fox said. Fox would do well to name the UNC product the starter against the Atlanta Falcons and cross his fingers that Trubisky will do for the Bears what Jameis Winston did for the Bucs a year prior.
Fox: "He's earned it."
— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) September 6, 2017
- Date: Sunday, September 10th
- Time: 1:00 PM
- Venue: Soldier Field, Chicago, Illinois
- Sportsbook Odds for Fans Betting on NFL:
Falcons -7 (EV) 49 (-110) -295
Bears +7 (-120) 49 (-110) +241
The Josh McCown of Chicago
Mike Glennon is, as of this writing, set to start under center against the Falcons. Glennon started 13 games for the Bucs in 2013 and shared duties there with, of all people, Josh McCown before the Jameis Winston era began in Tampa Bay in 2015. The following year, Winston threw for 281 yards and four touchdown passes to lead the Bucs to a 31-24 win over none other than the Falcons in their 2016 season opener. Now, to be completely fair, Glennon has completed 71.6% of his passes for 683 yards with six touchdowns, no picks, and a 109.2 passer rating in four career games against the Falcons. the Bears ranked 15th in offense in 2016, but adding Markus Wheaton to the likes of Jordan Howard and Kevin White could breathe new life into the offense and help this game go over the total, as has been the case in four of the Bears’ last four games – though the NFL online betting total has gone under in 8 of Chicago’s last nine meetings with Atlanta. Additionally, the Bears have lost 15 of their last 19 home games but are 5-0 in their last five times hosting the Falcons.
Sha-Na-Na-Han (Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye)
This Sunday will see the debut of Steve Sarkisian as Falcons offensive coach, and while ‘Cutty Sark’ is no Kyle Shanahan, making Atlanta a favorite by only one touchdown seems like selling the Falcons short.
‘Tis true, the choke in the Super Bowl. They choked so bad it was like Stephen Curry and CM Punk had a lovechild and called it the Atlanta Falcons. And whereas this season’s team is the same they blew the biggest lead in championship history, they’re also the same team that pushed the New England Patriots right to the very limit. The Falcons are 2-8 against the spread in their last 10 games against the Bears, and 1-5 ATS in their last five visits to Chicago, but the last of those visits took place in 2011. Needless to say, that’s an eternity in professional football. The Matt Ryan-Julio Jones connection plus Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman, who are as adept at catching as they are running, are more arguments supporting this game possibly going over the total as well as the Falcons totally crushing the NFL online betting point spread – Super Bowl hangover be damned.