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NFL Betting Game Preview for November 7, 2010: Chicago Bears (-1 ½) vs. Buffalo Bills

Written by Matt Stevens   
Monday, 01 November 2010 21:00

Chicago Bears vs. Buffalo Bills Free PicksBetting Overview:

The Chicago Bears (4-3) are having problems on offense and that includes running the ball as well as throwing it. When quarterback Jay Cutler arrived from Denver, Chicago fans thought that they had a Super Bowl contender finally. But Cutler has not proven to be the franchise quarterback everyone thought he would be, and a weak offensive line has prevented Chicago running back Matt Forte from being able to run the ball like he has the past couple of years.

The Buffalo Bills (0-7) are starting to get the attention of the football betting world. Even though the Bills is the only remaining winless team in the league, Buffalo has taken the Baltimore Ravens and the Kansas City Chiefs to overtime in consecutive weeks. The biggest change for the Bills has been going to Ryan Fitzpatrick as the starting quarterback. It seems that Fitzpatrick is finding ways to play around the Bills awful offensive line and unreliable defense.

Offense:

The NFL predictions surrounding this game are looking hard at the offense for each team. The Bears have the 29th ranked offense in the league putting up an average of 290 yards per game. It looks like the Bears running game has not given the passing game the breathing room it needs. The running game ranks 26th in the league with an average of 89 yards per game, but that may not stop Bears head coach Lovie Smith from trying to run the ball at the Bills.

The Bills offense is a slow starter. The first half of any game this season has not been favorable to the Bills running backs or receivers. It was especially evident in the week eight loss to the Chiefs that the Bills have a problem getting their offense cranked up. Once Fitzpatrick and the offense get the ball moving, they seem to be pretty adept at scoring. But that slow start may be something that the Bears defense can exploit.

Defense:

The Chicago defense is, well, the Chicago defense. The Bears have the sixth ranked defense in the league holding teams to a total of 306 yards per game. The weakest part of the Chicago defense is their pass defense. The young and inexperience secondary in Chicago makes a lot of mistakes. If the front seven is unable to establish a pass rush early in the game, then the opposing offense can start to spread the field out which makes for a long game.

The Bills defense is terrible, but they are also extremely inconsistent. Because the Bills have a decent secondary, they have the sixth ranked pass defense in the league. Most of the pressure on the opposing quarterback comes from the coverage of the secondary. But the Bills are dead last against the run, and that may be something the Bears try to use early.

The Bottom Line:

The Bills are getting better each week and the Bears seem to be getting worse. Is this the game where the Bills finally get that goose egg out of the W column? It could be.

BSN Sports Pick: Buffalo Bills 21-17

 
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