NFL Preseason Odds – Bears Laying 3.5 to Cardinals

December 1, 2010 NFL Football

Two teams that have not looked very good meet on Saturday with the Chicago Bears a 3.5 point favorite in NFL preseason odds vs. the Arizona Cardinals.

The Cardinals are 1-1 but their first string has been terrible in two games while the Bears are 0-2 and haven’t looked much better.  It is a very important game for both teams in NFL preseason betting as they want to head into the regular season with some confidence.

NFL preseason odds at Sbg favor the Bears by just over a field goal in this game with the total at 36.5 in NFL preseason betting.  Neither offense has played well in the first two games so points could be tough to come by on Saturday.

Bears Offense – Chicago is supposed to be improved on offense this season with new coordinator Mike Martz but you wouldn’t know it by their performance so far in the preseason.

The Bears are really putting an emphasis on this game as they are treating it about as close as possible to a regular season game. Quarterback Jay Cutler said the offense has had its moments but has not put everything together. Saturday’s game is a huge test. Running back Matt Forte has also said this game is critical.

Revenge for Chicago:  The Bears have a little added motivation for this game as they were routed last season 41-21 by Arizona. Head coach Lovie Smith has mentioned that game this week.

Arizona Looks Bad:  The Cardinals have shown no indications that they are going to be very good without Kurt Warner. Matt Leinart has really done nothing in the preseason.  The problem for Arizona is that his backup Derek Anderson has been just as bad.

The pressure is building on Leinart to do something to show he is capable of leading this team.  He won’t even be getting the start in this game as Anderson will play the first quarter and Leinart the second.

Injuries: The Cardinals have been without Larry Fitzgerald in the preseason and he is not expected to play on Saturday. The Bears will be without linebacker Brian Urlacher who is injured.

Lay the Points:  There is not much to like with Arizona right now. Leinart looks lost, backup Derek Anderson is no better and it could be a long year in the desert. The Bears have a lot to prove on Saturday night plus they are playing with revenge.  Look for Chicago to win and cover.

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