2016 Season NFL Football Past Picks
September 11, 2016
This pick was released to clients on September 10, 2021 at 2:02PM ET.
Chicago at Houston
Sunday 09/11 01:00 PM Eastern
1 unit on Chicago +6.5 (-115) (risk 1 to return 1.87) RESULT: loss
1 unit on Game Total UNDER 44 -110 (risk 1 to return 1.91) RESULT: win
John Fox begins his second year as coach of Chicago, and Dowell Loggains, former quarterbacks coach, replaces Adam Gase as offensive coordinator. Jay Cutler actually had a decent season in 2015 as he threw 11 interceptions, which are the fewest in any of his full seasons, and 21 touchdowns. He also recorded his highest passer rating (92.3), and he had three games of 300+ yards. Matt Forte was lost to free agency, so the Bears will rely on inexperienced running backs Jeremy Langford, Ka'Deem Carey, and Jordan Howard. Defensively, the Bears ranked 14th in yards allowed and fourth in passing yards allowed. The defensive line will be stronger this year with the addition of draft pick Jonathan Bullard and free agent Akiem Hicks. Chicago covered the spread six of its last seven road games last season. Houston ranked third in the league in total yards allowed, and the defense will be formidable again, led by J.J. Watt and Whitney Mercilus. Brock Osweiler will make his first regular season start with the Texans, who ranked 19th in total yards per game in 2015 and 21st in points scored with 21.2 per game. The offensive line was a problem last year and still is a question mark this year as injuries already have taken a toll with rookie Nick Martin out due to ankle surgery, and tackles Duane Brown and Derek Newton also are out. It will take awhile before Osweiler can feel confident with his new and ever-changing offensive linemen. The Texans went UNDER their last four home games and four of their last five overall, including a 30-0 loss to Kansas City in the playoffs. Play the Bears and the UNDER.
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