The NFL season is back and filled with another great Sunday of action on September 19. Fourteen games are up on the board throughout Sunday. One of these matchups will be between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Chicago Bears. These two teams will look for a big win here in Week 2 of the young season. This game will kick off at around 1:00 PM Eastern time.
Cincinnati is coming off a big win in Week 1 against the Minnesota Vikings. The Bengals jumped out to a 21-7 lead in the third quarter as Joe Burrow tossed two touchdowns in his return. Adam Thielen had two touchdown catches of his own though as the Vikings came back to force overtime. Evan McPherson ended it as overtime expired to give Cincinnati a 27-24 win in Week 1.
The Bears are coming off a tough performance on Sunday Night Football against the Los Angeles Rams. David Montgomery and Justin Fields both had rushing touchdowns on the night, but it was not nearly enough. Matthew Stafford tossed three touchdown passes on the night. Los Angeles was able to dominate for a 34-14 win at home.
These two teams had opposite starts to the season, but will look for a big win in Week 2. The Bengals are at 1-0 early in this campaign, while Chicago dropped their Week 1 matchup. The Bears return home though in hopes of pulling back to .500 early. If either team can jump out to a big lead in this one, I think it will be enough for the win.
Bengals vs. Bears Live Odds and Betting History
The following odds are courtesy of BetOnline:
|Cincinnati Bengals||+1 (+108)||+115||Over 45 (-110)|
|Chicago Bears||-1 (-128)||-135||Under 45 (-110)|
|Betting Data||Cincinnati Bengals||Chicago Bears|
|2021 ATS Home||1-0||0-0|
|2021 ATS Away||0-0||0-1|
|2021 O/U Home||1-0||0-0|
|2021 O/U Away||0-0||1-0|
Bengals vs. Bears NFL Game Preview
The last time the Bengals and Bears met up was in Cincinnati in 2017. Andy Dalton was the Quarterback for the Bengals at the time, while Mitchell Trubisky led Chicago’s offense. Jordan Howard had two rushing touchdowns on the day and Trubisky had a rushing and passing touchdown. The Bears dominated Cincinnati for a 33-7 win.
These two teams have met up eleven times throughout their history. Cincinnati leads the all-time series 6-5 entering play in this one. The Bears have won their last two games against the Bengals though. These two teams have changed quite a bit since their last meeting, which should make this an interesting game.
Cincinnati has young Quarterback Joe Burrow starting in this one, which is much different than last time. The Bears now have ex Bengals QB Andy Dalton starting. Chicago also had a few play packages for Justin Fields, their rookie Quarterback, in Week 1. Both QB’s will look to get the offense going early in this one.
Opening Odds and Line Movement
Bears open as 3-point favories next week vs the #Bengals
— Jay Morrison (@JayMorrisonATH) September 13, 2021
The line for this matchup opened up at -3 in favor of the Bears. That line got up to as big as -3 ½ and has since dropped down to -1.
The Over/ Under for this game started at 46 points and is now sitting at 45 points. This is a classic battle of offense vs defense, so this line is set at an interesting spot. It is a bit on the lower side, which favors Chicago.
I do not quite understand the movement in the spread for this game. Chicago being favored makes sense as they are coming off a loss and are at home. It has dropped as low as -1 though with kick off only a couple of days away.
Head to Head Betting Trends
- Both teams are 5-5 SU in last ten games
- Cincinnati is 6-3-1 ATS in last ten games
- Under is 5-4-1 in last ten games
- Under is 3-2 in last five games in Chicago
Cincinnati Bengals Betting Trends
- 7-25-1 SU in last 33 games
- 16-16-1 ATS in last 33 games
- 6-23 SU in last 29 games as underdog
- 15-14 ATS in last 29 games as underdog
- 1-14 SU in last 15 road games
- 8-7 ATS in last 15 road games
- 1-6-1 SU in last eight September games
- 5-3 ATS in last eight September games
- 1-7-1 SU in last nine non-Conference games
- 4-5 ATS in last nine non-Conference games
Chicago Bears Betting Trends
- 16-18 SU in last three seasons
- 12-22 ATS in last three seasons
- 8-5 SU in last 13 games as favorite
- 3-10 ATS in last 13 games as favorite
- 7-9 SU in last 16 home games
- 6-10 ATS in last 16 home games
- 6-2 SU in last eight September games
- 4-4 ATS in last eight September games
- 3-5 SU in last eight non-Conference games
- 2-6 ATS in last eight non-Conference games
Free Bet and Game Prediction: Chicago Bears -1 (-128)
The Bears are coming off a tough loss in Week 1 and will look to bounce back at home. Cincinnati had a big win in Week 1, but I think they will have a tougher time against Chicago’s defense in Week 2. The Bears could not stop a hot Los Angeles Rams team, but I think they can bounce back as they shift home this weekend.
Andy Dalton will likely start for Chicago in this one. Dalton went 27-38 for 206 yards and an interception in Week 1. Joe Burrow went 20-27 for 261 yards and two touchdowns in his first week performance. Dalton will meet up against his former team in this one and will look to get some revenge. Burrow will look to continue his strong start to his sophomore season.
The Bengals have the stronger offense entering this matchup, but Chicago’s defense has the edge over Cincinnati. I think that the Bears defense will bounce back after a rough Sunday Night Football performance. If Chicago’s offense can put up a solid performance against the Bengals defense, I think they can earn a big win in this one.
Bengals vs. Bears Betting Recap:
- Oddmaker: BetOnline
- Money Lines: Cincinnati Bengals (+115) vs. Chicago Bears (-135)
- Spread: Bears -1 (-128)
- Over/Under: 45 Points
- Prediction: Bengals 20 – Bears 23