Sunday from Soldier Field the Chicago Bears will host Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts at 1 PM ET. The Colts vs Bears Odds are listed with Chicago at -9.5 on the spread with 51% of the action on Chicago. The Bears have Super Bowl expectations after an injury riddled 2011. The Colts are rebuilding with the Andrew Luck era underway with encouraging results in the preseason drawing high hopes among the Indy faithful. Below is a closer look at this game from our NFL picks week 1 staff. The Colts vs Bears Odds have Indy at -9.5
NFL Picks Analysis: Andrew Luck has looked sharp with his rocket arm and poise for a rookie bur he draws a tough assignment for his first pro bout. The Bears defense has looked less than spectacular in preseason but will have their way with a Colts offense that has a punchless run game. Luck’s own health could also be in jeopardy with Bears DE Julius Peppers flying off the edge against a thin line. Despite the Colts inability to run the football Andrew Luck should put some points on the board with All-Pro WR Reggie Wayne likely able to find soft spots against the Bears coverage. Bears All-Pro LB Brian Urlacher is banged up but he should be on the field. The Colts vs Bears Odds Over/Under is at 43.0 points.
The Colts transition to a 4-3 defense has been rough and Chicago’s aerial attack is dangerous with the Jay Cutler to Brandon Marshall connection. The Bears run game should also beat up on the Colts shoddy front that has had trouble stopping the run. The Colts will be able to put some heat against Chicago’s poor pass protection but Cutler’s ability to scramble will help him make big plays.
The Bears have great special teams and the Colts will be introducing a rookie Head Coach and Quarterback to the NFL. Another hidden x-factor is Soldier Field, a place where the grass is cut thick to help slow a Colts team built for turf. Play the Bears for 1 UNIT ATS and 1 UNIT on the OVER.
NFL Picks Play: Chicago -9.5 (1 UNIT $1000 to win $900) + Over 43.0 Points (1 UNIT)
Vegas Sharps Spread: Bears -11
Colts vs Bears Tale-Of-The-Tape
Pass Offense: 6/8
Run Offense: 5/8
Pass Defense: 7/7
Run Defense: 5/7
Special Teams: 7/9
Home Field Edge: Bears +3.5