2018 Season NFL Football Past Picks
August 02, 2018
This pick was released to clients on August 02, 2018 at 12:44PM ET.
Chicago at Baltimore
Thursday 08/02 08:00 PM Eastern
1 unit on Game Total OVER 33.5 -105 (risk 1 to return 1.95) RESULT: LOSS
Chicago has a new coach in Matt Nagy, who brings an energetic personality to the Bears, who are anxious to erase the memory of four straight last-place finishes in the NFC North. The Bears added some more weapons for starting quarterback Mitch Trubisky by signing wide receivers Allen Robinson and Taylor Gabriel along with tight end Trey Burton. Trubisky was adequate in 2017, considering he didn't have much help on offense, but the Bears hope to change that with the new players and Nagy's experience as offensive coordinator of the Kansas City Chiefs. Also, Nagy played six seasons in the Arena Football League, which could bring a new perspective in Trubisky's learning experience. Chase Daniel and Tyler Bray are the backups at quarterback and both should get some playing time. Daniel is in his eighth season but has played sparingly the last three years with the Saints, Eagles and Chiefs. Bray made one brief appearance with the Chiefs in 2017. Baltimore's QB rotation is Joe Flacco, Robert Griffin III, Lamar Jackson and Josh Woodrum. The rookie Jackson has beaten out by Griffin III on the depth chart and Woodrum has been signed by six different teams, but hasn't played in the regular season. Woodrum was 25-of-36 for 321 yards and four touchdowns in the 2017 preseason and then was waived. The oddsmakers always posts a very low total for the Hall of Fame game, however, last year's contest between the Cowboys and Cardinals went OVER. Nagy and the Bears want to make a good first impression, especially on offense. The Bears are also 15-3 to the OVER in their last 18 preseason games with a total set at 35 or less. Play the OVER to get the season started.
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