Definitely one of the more interesting matchups this weekend, the Indianapolis Colts are coming off an absolute thrashing of the Jets while the Bears try to continue their undefeated streak. Most analysts are pointing their finger at the Bears when talking about which team is the “fake” 3-0.
The Bears are full of question marks right now. Nick Foles is going to be getting the start this game after dominating off the bench in Week 2 against the Falcons, throwing three touchdowns in the final quarter to rally a 20-point comeback. Can Nick Foles perform as the starter against a Colts defense that ranks first in the NFL in passer rating allowed and passing yards per game allowed? Can David Montgomery do it all now that Tarik Cohen is yet another player on the IR with a torn ACL?
Indianapolis Colts at Chicago Bears Betting Preview Info
Who: Indianapolis Colts (2-1) vs. Chicago Bears (3-0)
When: Sunday, Oct 4. at 1:00 p.m. EST
Where: Soldier Field in Chicago
Indianapolis Colts at Chicago Bears Betting Preview Odds
The moneyline favors the Indianapolis Colts (-135) with the Bears at (+115). The spread is at +/- 3.0 points with the odds swapped this time as the Colts are +110 while the Bears are -130. The over/under is at 43.5 points with -110 odds both ways.
Indianapolis Colts at Chicago Bears Betting Preview Prediction
This is a very curious game and it’s very early in the season. It is always hard to tell which teams are the real deal and which are just good in the sprint, but won’t be able to handle the marathon NFL season.
The Colts defense is nothing to mess with and have shut down the passing game better than any other team, and is another top defense when it comes to stopping the run. With the Bears all purpose back in Tarik Cohen out, we have to worry about if David Montgomery will really be able to carry the load. He had an underwhelming rookie season; did okay against the Lions Week 1; crushed the Giants as he should in Week 2; and disappointed against the Falcons Week 3. Will he be able to get through a staunch Colts defensive line? I don’t think so.
The Bears defense isn’t nearly as strong with the run. Todd Gurley II ran through them in Week 3. Gurley had 5.7 yards per carry and ran for 80 yards and a touchdown. Now, Jonathan Taylor and the rest of the Colts running back committee are no Todd Gurley, but this is a Bears defense that has given up 5 yards per carry over their first three games. Philip Rivers is not throwing the ball very much, passing it less than 25 times in the last two games, and the Colts like this style. I don’t see the Colts changing their reliance on the run and the Bears need to find a way to stop it.
I think this one really comes down to whether or not Nick Foles can beat the Colts secondary and pass defense. Nick Foles is no doubt a good quarterback. I mean, he is a Super Bowl MVP. He reads the defense well, he makes accurate passes, and he comes up clutch. We saw it just last week.
Philip Rivers is without Michael Pittman Jr. this week who saw his fair share of Rivers’ targets, but with T.Y. Hilton still available and the rising stud Mo Alie-Cox at tight end, Rivers will have plenty of options.
I like the Colts through and through in this matchup, taking them on the moneyline and the spread. I don’t see this as being as close a game as people have been saying. The over/under is tough, as it could really go either way. I’m taking the over, though. Someone is going to run up points and I think it’s the Colts.