The Bears and Chargers will meet in Week 8 NFL action, and though there is a ton of hope that the 3-3 Chicago Bears can snap out of their funk, it doesn’t appear to be ending anytime soon. The team is in turmoil, struggling mightily on offense, and it has become clear that Mitchell Trubisky really cannot be the answer at the quarterback position. Chicago was brutal last week against a depleted New Orleans squad, and the playoffs will now be a lofty aspiration for them.
Their opponents this week have also disappointed thus far in 2019, but at least there isn’t an overwhelming sense of negativity with the 2-4 Los Angeles Chargers. Philip Rivers is probably past his best football, but he’s given them a shot to win in their last few weeks. While many pegged the Chargers as a sleeper team within the AFC, those hopes are long gone – but as two struggling teams square off, somehow Los Angeles seems more primed to right the ship.
Whenever two teams mired in turmoil face off it can be an intriguing viewing opportunity. This week’s clash between the Bears and Chargers is no different. Read on below the odds for a game breakdown, and betting prediction for Chicago vs. Los Angeles to kick-off the Sunday slate of Week 8 NFL action.
Chargers vs. Bears Betting Odds:
Los Angeles Chargers +4 (-116)
@ Chicago Bears -4 (-104)
Over 40.5 (-115)
Under 40.5 (-105)
Chargers vs. Bears Pick:
I am not sure what the Bears plan on doing with Mitch Trubisky, but he’s not going to turn around and suddenly get better. The franchise has waited for some time now, and have seen zero improvements. If anything, he is regressing and the mistakes are becoming more and more prominent.
Last week he was atrocious against the Saints, was inaccurate downfield, and settled constantly for ineffective dump-off passes without any real purpose.
Expect the former North Carolina Tar Heel to struggle again here in Week 8 against a solid Chargers’ stop unit. L.A. has Casey Hayward in their secondary who should definitely put the clamps down on Allen Robinson. Beyond this, the pressure the Chargers will generate will put Trubisky into all kinds of troubled and rushed situations, leading to those miscues. The Bears’ blocking has been bad this year, and the Chargers have to know this can be exploited.
On the other side of the ball, look for Los Angeles to finally start to limit Melvin Gordon’s reps. He has been brutal and lacking explosiveness since his holdout ended, and expect the Chargers to revert back to relying on Austin Ekeler in the run game. This won’t be good news for a depleted Bears’ defensive line missing Akiem Hicks in the middle. His presence as a run-stuffer is often huge for Chicago, though without him expect holes to be created for the talented and elusive Ekeler.
In the passing game, the Bears’ secondary was supposed to solid – but really has been quite mediocre thus far in 2019. Losing Bryce Callahan certainly hurts, though nobody has stepped up to fill the void. Buster Skrine is the top guy in the secondary, but he’s struggled all season long. This week Skrine has a very tough matchup going against the long and rangy Chargers’ wideout, Keenan Allen. That’s a big mismatch, and Allen should be in line for an impressive day in the Windy City.
The Bears are being valued in name only right now, and based off of what they have done in previous seasons. They’re a mess of a team, that cannot pass the ball or defend to the level many expect them to. Even though this is an early start for a Los Angeles-based team, the Chargers still have enough veteran leadership and talent to get the job done. At 2-4, this is a group that knows they’re better than their record shows, and expect them to prove that on Sunday.