San Francisco 49ers vs. Chicago Bears NFL Week 8 Pick – October 31

Two teams desperately seeking some victories will square off against one another during the early window of Sunday’s Week 8 NFL action.

It’ll be the San Francisco 49ers heading to Chicago to take on the Bears. These NFC rivals have had inconsistent seasons to date, but a third of the way through this NFL regular season, the playoffs do remain in sight.

For the Niners, they enter coming off a very tough loss at home to the Colts last Sunday evening. This was a game they were in complete control for most of, before their defense sputtered down the stretch. At 2-4 in a tough NFC West division, this contest on Sunday has to be seen as a must-win match for Jimmy Garoppolo and the Niners.

Chicago has hung tough in recent weeks, and though Justin Fields hasn’t been all that great in his rookie season, the Bears are hanging around at 3-4. He’s looked confused and indecisive thus far in the pocket, and doesn’t seem to be playing a style that suits his skillset. They were routed by an experienced Buccaneers squad their last time out, with Fields committing five give-aways in the process. Chicago has good talent, but they’ll need to protect the ball better if they want to be competitive going forward.

With both teams entering with huge question marks, and both desperately needing a victory to generate some momentum, this could be considered the marquee matchup of the early slate. It’s one that certainly will be worth watching, and we’ve got your betting needs covered right here at The Sports Geek.. For added insight, live odds, trends, and the latest data – keep reading below for our betting analysis on the Niners vs. Bears as we look to open up the Sunday slate of Week 8 with another winner.

San Francisco 49ers vs. Chicago Bears Live Odds & Betting History

*These odds are provided by BetOnline.ag

Spread:

  • San Francisco 49ers -4 (-110)
  • Chicago Bears +4 (-110)
Moneyline:

  • San Francisco 49ers (-200)
  • Chicago Bears (+170)
Total Points:

  • Over 39.5 (-110)
  • Under 39.5 (-110)
TEAM DATA 49ERS BEARS
Overall Record 2-4-0 3-4-0
ATS Record 1-5-0 3-4-0
Home/Away Record 2-1-0 2-1-0
Points Per Game 22.2 14.8
Points Against Per Game 24.6 23.3
Passing Yards Per Game 233.3 124.6
Rushing Yards Per Game 120.1 130.6

San Francisco 49ers vs. Chicago Bears Prediction

It will once again be Niners’ QB Jimmy Garoppolo taking snaps on Sunday instead of promising rookie Trey Lance. Jimmy G hasn’t fared all that well in 2021, boasting more turnovers than touchdowns on the season.

In a big spot, he will need a big outing to prove his doubters wrong. But it won’t be easy for him as Akiem Hicks is slated to be fully cleared and healthy for Chicago. The big Bears lineman is prolific at generating pressure and stuffing opposing run games. Elijah Mitchell has had success for the Niners in 2021, but this Chicago run defense is beastly.

That will only add to the pressure Garoppolo will face. Without a consistent run game, he’s going to need to make throws downfield. He’s prone to errors, and this Chicago secondary should be able to keep the Niners’ wideouts in check. There aren’t clear paths to success for this San Francisco offense with Hicks back in the fold.

Justin Fields will be keen on never seeing that Bucs’ defensive front again. He was abysmal last week against Tampa Bay, but should fare better here in Week 8. Dee Ford isn’t healthy for the Niners, and as a result the Bears should be able to do a much better job with protecting their young quarterback.

Fields could also find some success through the air, as this is where San Francisco’s defense is most vulnerable. Four of their top five corners are injured right now, and with that – opportunity does arise for Darnell Mooney and Allen Robinson. Fields has a strong arm, and with time should be able to prove that he can hit his targets.

All that said, this spread is confusing. Too much is being made about Fields’ struggles against elite units. He remains a better QB option than anything the Niners will trot out there, and given San Francisco’s injuries – the Bears are the better team, at home. Dare I suggest, this line is massively off, and the wrong team is favoured here in Week 8? Does Matt Nagy not being on the sidelines affect the game that much?

49ers vs. Bears Trends To Know:

  • 49ers are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games following a straight up loss.
  • 49ers are 0-4 ATS vs. a team with a losing record.
  • 49ers are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall.
  • Bears are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 home games vs. a team with a losing road record.
  • Bears are 4-0 ATS vs. a team with a losing record.

 

The Niners are fading, while there is at least some optimism in Chicago given their playoff prospects and Justin Fields.  Though Khalil Mack is likely to be out for the Bears, Akiem Hicks is the bigger piece on that defensive unit.  San Francisco is likely to be down seven starters on defense, as well as Trent Williams and George Kittle.  Somehow they’re favoured on the road in a line I’m just not comprehending.  Matt Nagy will not be on the sidelines, but if you’re familiar with Nagy, that can’t be considered a big loss.  Roll with the Bears here to pull off the upset.

My Pick
Bears +4
Will S. / Author

Will has been working with The Sports Geek since its early days back in 2010. He began as a soccer specialist, focusing on detailed reports for major international competitions, including the World Cup and European Championships. Since then, he has produced weekly pick articles on both the NFL and English Premier League, while also contributing blog posts on the NHL, MLB, and even WWE wrestling. Will is also an avid sports bettor and daily fantasy player, always eager to share his thoughts and insight on anything going on in the world of sports.

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