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Through the first two weeks of the preseason, the Indianapolis Colts and Chicago Bears have yet to scratch in the win column. It has been a tough couple of contests for both teams along the way. However, that will change with both teams set to matchup on Saturday night.
Offensive woes plaguing Bears in preseason
Heading into the 2019 season, the Bears are looking to build off the promising momentum that they put forth this past year. Chicago looks to be a potential contender in the NFC due to having one of the top defenses in the league. At the same time, it has seen them go through some struggles in the preseason dropping their first two contests in exhibition play. Although there isn’t much weight with how a team performs during this time, there are still some significant things that can be taken away from their play. What has been notable has been their lack of offensive production with their backups that have struggled to put points on the board through the first two games, scoring 13 points in each contest. The Bears haven’t been able to get much production from backup quarterback Chase Daniels, who hasn’t had much success throwing the ball in the preseason.
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— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) August 17, 2019
This was certainly the case against the New York Giants in Week 2 of the preseason as he completed 12-of-18 passes for 103 yards, which was 5.7 yards per attempt, while he was sacked three times. Their running game was a complete non-factor against the Giants gathering just 34 yards on 21 attempts in the contest. Running back Ryan Nall was their most effective rusher with 23 yards on seven carries, but there wasn’t any other significant production aside from that. The Bears had just 10 first downs, were 4-of-13 on third-down conversions, averaged 3.0 yards per play, and finished with 165 total yards. This will certainly need to pick up against the Colts this week if there is any hope of them coming out on top to grab their first win of the preseason. It has simply been their lackluster production from their offense that has been the difference through this point that has prevented them from being able to come away victorious in the preseason.
Colts eyeing first win in the preseason
Throughout much of the preseason and training camp, the focus around the Colts has remained on the health of star quarterback Andrew Luck, and rightfully so, given his importance to the franchise’s overall success on the field. Luck has been hindered for much of the summer by a calf injury that has been revealed to be a high-ankle sprain and that has brought forth questions about his availability for the start of the 2019 season. At this point, it has only been clarified that he will not be on the field for any preseason action due to precautionary reasons, while the focus has remained on him being ready to go for Week 1 action in less than three weeks. Meanwhile, the Colts have struggled a bit in the preseason failing to grab a win through their first two contests like the Bears heading into Week 3 action. Granted, Indianapolis is also taking the safe approach by not playing their starters, it has hampered them a bit on the field, especially offensively.
— Indianapolis Colts (@Colts) August 17, 2019
The Colts have struggled to gather any sort of consistent production from that unit as they have scored 18 points or fewer through the first two contests. Although it was more of a defensive battle in the 21-18 loss to the Cleveland Browns last week, it continued to highlight the team’s struggles offensively to put points on the board. Indianapolis was able to record 382 total yards with 23 first downs but struggled in the red zone on converting one of their three trips in the red zone. The Colts had all three of their backups at the quarterback position throw for at least 100 yards but struggled to get things going on the ground, compiling 73 yards on 21 carries. Their most effective option was rookie running back Aca’cedric Ware, who had 24 yards on seven rush attempts. The Colts have a tough challenge ahead against the Bears defense, but it appears that maybe the difference in their ability to convert in the red zone as that should determine the outcome of this contest.
- Colts are 5-2-1 ATS in their last eight games on fieldturf.
- Under is 5-0 in Bears last five games overall.
- Under is 6-1 in Bears last seven games on fieldturf.
Updated on Aug 24 at 8:05am EDT
Update prepared by our editoral staff
Public Money / Line Movements
The Colts have gone from -3.5 down to -2.5, despite getting 56% of the bets. The Sharps are liking the Bears in this one.
Injury / Weather Report
Chicago’s Impact Injury Report
Questionable: WR Anthony Miller and TE Trey Burton
Indianapolis’ Impact Injury Report
Questionable: WR Parris Campbell and RB Jordan Wilkins
Out: QB Andrew Luck, RB Jonathan Williams, DE Jabaal Sheard, and RB Spencer Ware
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
It is simply hard to overlook the struggles offensively that the Bears have had this preseason. Daniels has had difficulty finding his way throwing the ball and that is simply too hard to ignore. It will be a lower-scoring affair dictated by the play of their respective defenses, but the Colts will hold the upper hand.
Full-Game Total Pick
Through the first two games of the preseason, both the Colts and the Bears have struggled to get anything significant going offensively. That will remain the case on Saturday night as Indianapolis will have the task of going up against Chicago’s stout defense. It may just be the preseason, but defense will have a major impact on this game.