2018 Season NFL Football Past Picks
August 09, 2018
This pick was released to clients on August 12, 2021 at 12:03PM ET.
Chicago at Cincinnati
Thursday 08/09 07:00 PM Eastern
1 unit on Cincinnati -135 (moneyline) (risk 1 to return 1.74) RESULT: WIN
The Bears are rebuilding under new coach Matt Nagy. The team played in the Hall of Fame game, losing 17-16 to the Ravens. The offense was unimpressive, with two interceptions while the ground game had just 65 yards rushing on 19 carries. Nagy said his new offense is in the early stages of development and it looked that way. The QB rotation has young Mitch Trubisky, along with journeymen Chase Daniel and Tyler Bray. They have a ton of work to do on on offense that last season was #30 in total yards, last in passing, #29 in points (16.5 pg). Cincinnati is home with plenty to prove after a disappointing 2017 campaign. The Bengals have far more talent, depth and continuity, with 16-year head coach Marvin Lews. The team brings back almost all of their receivers from 2017, as well as Pro Bowl tight end Tyler Eifert, who played in just two games last year. The five players in Cincinnati's secondary (Dre Kirkpatrick, William Jackson, Darqueze Dennard, George Iloka and Shawn Williams) were all drafted and developed by the Bengals. The unit has been one of the most stable in the league and looks like one of the best pass defenses in the NFL. Cincinnati dominated Tampa Bay at home in last August's preseason opener (23-12) with 140 yards rushing, even using starting QB Andy Dalton. They hold all the cards in this one and the wagering value is for home team to win the game. Play Cincinnati on the moneyline.
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