The Bears have a serious problem at backup quarterback with Caleb Hanie injured.
Your NFL bet could be determined by the play of rookie Dan LeFevour and considering he threw six interceptions in Monday’s practice that is cause for concern.
NFL wagering online odds still favors the Bears on Saturday but odds makers are not really paying attention to the quarterback situation. In fact, odds makers really don’t care much about the preseason as they make generic lines without doing much research. The Bears are at home on Saturday and still have Jay Cutler as their starting quarterback but it could be LeFevour that plays some of the second quarter and the entire second half. The Bears were so desperate for a body that they tried to bring Todd Collins out of retirement to fill in.
Backups: Chicago is only worried about the preseason as Cutler’s normal backup Caleb Hanie should be fine for the regular season. Then they can put the rookie LeFevour into the third string spot. That is not the case on Saturday though and that is what matters to gamblers who are betting on the game. Hanie is not going to play. He suffered a sprained throwing shoulder in last week’s game against San Diego. The Bears tried to get Collins to come in but they wouldn’t give him any guaranteed money so he said no. The Bears have also been rebuffed by Trent Green and Damon Huard.
Take the Points: The Bears are probably going to struggle on Saturday in the second half with LeFevour. You might want to make an NFL bet with the Raiders in the second half or you could just take them plus the points for the game. LeFevour threw six picks in Monday’s practice and he is being overwhelmed as a rookie. Learning Mike Martz’s offense is not easy for a veteran and a rookie has a very tough chore. LeFevour was 2-of-10 in the game at San Diego and while he might be better against the Raiders he is still going to make mistakes. And you get the Raiders plus the points on Saturday vs. the NFL wagering online odds at the SBG sportsbook.