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NFL bettiNg: bears uNderdogs to rams iN matchup oF struggLiNg quarterbacks By Mike Roselli and Joe Rodgers, BetIndiana News T he Bears are about touchdown underdogs against the Rams ahead of Sunday night’s visit to Los Angeles (8:20 p.m. ET/7:20 CT, NBC) for a matchup Chicagoans thought they would be getting in last year’s playoffs, before Cody Parkey’s infamous missed field goal put an abrupt end to their Super Bowl dreams. Bettors can find a strong correlation on the shortcomings, have left Goff and McVay searching Bears with the UNDER. A lower scoring game for answers. increases the chances that QB Mitch Trubisky and The Rams are now 5-5 SU since their loss to the Chicago offense aren’t forced into predictable the Patriots in Super Bowl 53, where New England passing situations, ensuring that the Bears are coach Bill Belichick provided the league’s more likely to cover the touchdown spread. other coaches a blueprint on how to attack the Rams’ quarterback. The book is out on Goff. Teams are making him play faster, understanding they can afford to be more aggressive in getting after him. McVay can no longer mask his team’s offensive line issues via the play-action pass. Making matters worse Despite the fact that Chicago held on for a is the ineffectiveness of star running back Todd 20-13 win over a Matthew Stafford-less Detroit Gurley, who lacks the burst he flashed in previous Lions last week, the arrow is pointing down seasons. The 2015 first round pick is averaging on both the Bears and the Rams entering the just 13 carries per game and has seen opposing winter months. The reason? Astonishingly poor defenses continually run him down once he turns quarterback play from their franchise gun-slingers. the corner. The Rams (5-4 straight up, 6-3 against the It likely won’t get much better for Goff when he spread) head back to Los Angeles after a 17-12 faces a ferocious Chicago pass defense Sunday defeat to the Steelers as 4-point road favorites night. The Monsters of the Midway stymied in Pittsburgh — a disappointing result, especially the former Cal Bear at Soldier Field last year, considering that coach Sean McVay’s team was holding him to 180 passing yards and forcing four coming off a bye week. They were just one of 14 interceptions in the Bears’ 15-6 victory. on third downs against the Steelers. But Chicago (4-5 SU, 3-6 ATS) has also been Fourth-year QB Jared Goff continued to one of the NFL’s most disappointing teams struggle, as it appears that regression has reared compared to market expectations this season. The its ugly head on the former No. 1 overall pick. Bears are 1-4 ATS in their last five contests and feature a sputtering offense that has shown limited In Goff’s last 16 games, he has posted 17 signs of life throughout the season. passing TDs, 16 interceptions and 16 fumbles with a 79 passer rating. The word is out on the All of this points to a play on the UNDER in Los 25-year-old, who falters when feeling the pressure Angeles on Sunday night, but oddsmakers were from the opposing pass rush. The Rams’ offensive wise in setting the total at 41.5. line woes are compounding the problem. The total has gone UNDER in 11 of the Bears’ Hailing from sunny California, Goff is a last 14 games, with an average combined score prototypical 7-on-7 quarterback who looks of 33.5. UNDER bettors have cashed in four of the terrific with less pressure and extra time to throw. Rams’ last five games and in six of their last eight. But when defenses are able pressure him, he The UNDER has also prevailed in four of the Rams’ looks like a deer in headlights. Up until this year, last five games against NFC North opponents. McVay was able to play to his QB’s strengths, Those looking to get into play on Chicago and as a result Goff was the talisman of one of should shop around for the best number, as there the most potent offenses the league has ever are plenty of Bears +7 offerings in the marketplace seen. But a decimated offensive line, paired with midweek, with Rams -6.5s also available. opposing defenses that have wisened up to his Oddsmakers expect Brissett back for Colts Colts starting quarterback Jacoby Brissett (knee) is expected to return to the field on Sunday against the Jaguars, and oddsmakers have priced the Week 11 game accordingly. The Colts opened -3 in Las Vegas, a number posted based on Brissett, not backup Brian Hoyer, starting, oddsmaker Jeff Sherman told BetIndiana News. Early action showed on Jacksonville, shortening the line to between -3 (even) and -2.5 on various oddsboards. Hoyer threw three interceptions, and the offense struggled mightily in Sunday’s 16-12 loss to Miami. The loss dropped the Colts to 5-4 straight up and 4-4-1 against the spread on the season. The Jaguars are 7-0-1 ATS in their last eight meetings with the Colts and will have Nick Foles back under center following a bye week. Since 2016, in games Foles attempted at least one pass, his teams are 15-4 SU and 12-6-1 ATS, covering by 6.8 points per game. The total for Jaguars-Colts is 44, and going low has been profitable for both teams recently. Jacksonville is 6-0 to the UNDER against teams with a winning record, while UNDER is 13-3 in the Colts’ last 16 games following a straight-up loss. For more sports betting coverage, head over to BetIndianaNews.com.

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