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Week two of NFL football continues as the Chicago Bears travel to Empower Field at Mile High to take on the Denver Broncos on Sunday, Sep. 15 at 4:25 P.M. These two teams have not met since 2015 when the Broncos won by a score of 17-15. Historically, Denver has the slight edge in this series as it has an 8-7 record in 15 meetings.
Bears Look To Use Extra Time To Get Back To .500
The Chicago Bears entered the 2019 season with hopes of returning to the playoffs after losing to the Eagles in the Wild Card Round last season. However, the Bears bring a lot of key pieces back from that team and will look to get over the hump by making a deeper run in the playoffs. However, in week one, the Bears embarrassed themselves on Thursday night as they only scored three points and lost to the Packers at home. However, that means that the Bears had an extra few days to regroup for week two so perhaps the offense can show a lot more firepower which will help the team get back to a .500 record.
Mitchell Trubisky, the starting quarterback for the Bears, was expected to take a massive step forward after a rocky campaign last season. However, he was very underwhelming in week one as he was the main reason why the Bears lost in the season opener. Specifically, he threw for just 228 yards along with zero passing touchdowns and one interception as the Bears lost to the Packers by a score of 10-3. However, the Broncos are a much worse team than the Packers so perhaps Trubisky can bounce back and lead his team to a victory in week two.
— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) September 6, 2019
Chicago’s biggest weapon on offense is wide receiver Allen Robinson who had a great performance last week. Specifically, he had seven catches and was able to rack up 102 receiving yards. Throughout the game, Robinson was the only constant contributor in the passing game as no other Bears player had more than 49 receiving yards. If Trubisky continued to trust Robinson as he did in week one, expect another big game by Robinson on Sunday.
Matt Nagy likes the leadership of LB Danny Trevathan.
“I really enjoy who he is as a person,” said coach Matt Nagy. “He’s a really good leader. Some people aren’t made to be leaders. They don’t want to be leaders. That’s OK. Or they lead by their example, how they do things or actions. He’s not one of those guys. He’s not afraid to rally the troops, get them in, tell everybody where we went wrong. And the best part about Danny is he’s very positive. He’s a good role model for the young guys.”
Fangio Gets To Coach Against His Former Team
The Denver Broncos entered the 2019 season with hopes of improving after some underwhelming results last season. Specifically, the Broncos went 6-10 and lost each of the last four regular season games. As a result, Denver decided to clear house and hired Vic Fangio as the new head coach. Fangio was the mastermind behind Chicago’s elite defense last season and he now gets to face off against it on Sunday. However, as a defensive mind, people wondered how effective his team’s offense would be after a vanilla offense doomed the Broncos last season. Sadly, the offense still looks broken as it only scored 16 points in week one. However, the Broncos now get to return home so maybe the offense will look a lot better in front of the home fans.
Joe Flacco, the starting quarterback for the Broncos, was acquired during the offseason from Baltimore to potentially lead the team back to the playoffs. However, he was very underwhelming in week one as he had minimal success throughout the entire game. Specifically, he threw for 268 yards along with one passing touchdown in garbage time as the Broncos lost to the Raiders by a score of 24-16 on the road. Now, Flacco has to face off against arguably the best defense in the NFL so it is fair to assume that he will struggle once again on Sunday.
— NFL (@NFL) September 10, 2019
Denver’s biggest weapon on offense is wide receiver Courtland Sutton who had a great performance last week. Specifically, he had seven catches along with 120 receiving yards. Throughout the game, Flacco targeted Sutton in big moments and Sutton made the necessary plays that helped prolong numerous drives. However, Chicago’s secondary is significantly better than Oakland’s so one has to wonder just how effective he will be in week two.
- Broncos are 0-4-1 ATS in their last 5 games in September.
- Broncos are 2-8-1 ATS in their last 11 games after allowing more than 250 yards passing in their previous game.
- Bears are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games after scoring less than 15 points in their previous game.
- Bears are 6-1 ATS vs. a team with a losing record.
- Bears are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games.
Updated on Sep 15 at 10:55am EDT
Update prepared by our editoral staff
Public Money / Line Movements
The Bears have gone from -1.5 up to -2 while grabbing 67% of the bets. The Sharps are on the side of the Broncos in this one or the line would be a bit higher.
Injury / Weather Report
Chicago’s Impact Injury Report
Questionable: TE Trey Burton, DT Eddie Goldman, LB Nick Kwiatkoski, and DT Bilal Nichols
Denver’s Impact Injury Report
Questionable: LB Todd Davis and DB Bryce Callahan
Out: LB Joe Jones, FB Andy Janovich, and OT Ja’Wuan James
Gametime Weather: Mostly sunny with temps in the mid-80s.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
Simply put, the Bears are a much better team than the Broncos and I expect it to show on Sunday. Even though both teams lost in week one, the Bears still had to face a much harder opponent in the Packers and almost came out victorious. Meanwhile, the Broncos looked awful on both sides of the ball and lost to the Raiders who are projected to finish well out of the playoff picture. I expect Trubisky to make enough plays in this game to give the Bears defense a big enough lead to maintain. Give me the road team as a result.
Prediction: Chicago Bears -2.5
Full-Game Total Pick
Simply put, both offenses were relatively useless in week one and I expect that to continue in week two. Despite losing, Chicago’s defense completely shutdown one of the best quarterbacks in NFL history and now gets to feast on Joe Flacco. As a result, I expect Denver to score roughly 10 points in this game. At the same time, Chicago’s offense is below average and has to deal with the altitude in Colorado so I expect this unit to struggle as well. This game should end somewhere in the realm of 17-10 so I will take the under.
Prediction: Under 40.5