- Chicago (2-5) is a 9-point road underdog to the Chargers (2-4) in Week 8 of the NFL season
- Justin Herbert has thrown four interceptions in his past three starts with a 57.1% completion percentage
- Sunday Night Football on NBC kicks off from SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, CA at 8:20pm ET
Somehow, someway, NBC did not flex out of Sunday night’s Chargers vs Bears game, leaving us with a dreadful matchup between a pair of disappointing 2-win teams. Justin Herbert’s club is coming off a couple of losses to the Cowboys and Chiefs while rookie Tyson Bagent led Chicago to a 30-12 victory over the Raiders in week 7.
Chargers vs Bears
|Spread||Money Line||Total Points|
|Chicago Bears||+9.0 (-115)||+345||Ov 46.0 (-110)|
|Los Angeles Chargers||-9.0 (-105)||-425||Un 46.0 (-110)|
Bagent’s impressive debut
Tyson Bagent passed for 162 yards and a touchdown in a 30-12 win over fellow backup Brian Hoyer and the Raiders on Sunday. While the undrafted rookie wasn’t asked to do much, he avoided the sacks and interceptions that have plagued Justin Fields throughout the year. Otherwise, D’Onta Foreman did most of the heavy lifting, with 89 yards and 2 TDs on the ground and and another 31 yards and a score through the air.
Jaylon Johnson intercepted Hoyer twice, including a pick six, and Chicago limited Las Vegas to 39 rushing yards. But, don’t expect too much from a Bears defense that’s allowing the fifth-most points (26.9) in the NFL per week.
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Brandon Staley’s last days?
Los Angeles has only scored a combined 10 points in the second halves of its last three games. While he’s dealing with a finger injury, Justin Herbert was picked off twice in Sunday’s 31-17 loss to Kansas City. He also completed only 7-of-16 passes for 100 yards and a 25.0 passer rating in the second half.
With Mike Williams out for the season and Austin Ekeler stuck in mud with 28 carries for 72 yards (2.57 ypc) over the past two weeks, the Chargers have sunk to 2-4 in the AFC West. To have any hope of saving his job, Brandon Staley must rally his troops to wins against the Bears and Jets.
Los Angeles vs Chicago
Los Angeles is a 9-point home favorite at SoFi Stadium on Sunday night with the over/under set at 46 points. The Chargers still rank just outside the top ten in points scored per game (24) with the eighth-ranked passing offense (252.3 ypg) and a middling running attack (111.8 ypg).
Meanwhile, Matt Eberflus’ talent poor defense hasn’t stopped anyone (well, except the Raiders last week) since he arrived in Chicago. The Bears rank 29th against the pass, allowing 257.1 yards per game.
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The Foreman factor
The Chargers’ 11th-ranked run defense is holding opponents to under 100 yards per game. But that won’t stop the Bears from feeding D’Onta Foreman, who is averaging 4.7 yards per carry with 3 total touchdowns this season. “Defensive head coach” Brandon Staley is also permitting the most passing yards per game (310) to opponents in the NFL.
Chicago is a bad team – but they’re way better off with rookie Tyson Bagent than sack-prone Justin Fields. While we’re not predicting an outright upset, we like the Bears to cover +9 points on Sunday night with the OVER 46 points.
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