The Cincinnati Bengals and Chicago Bears will engage in a cross-conference clash when they meet in this Week 2 NFL betting contest. After surprising many with an overtime win as betting underdogs last week, the Bengals ride a wave of momentum into the Windy City. Meanwhile, the Bears opened their season by getting blown out on Sunday Night Football. They’ll aim for a better showing in this Bengals vs Bears NFL betting matchup.
The following Bengals vs Bears NFL betting preview will give you the current odds, betting trends, stream and picks for the Week 2 matchup.
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Bengals vs Bears Week 2 NFL Betting Preview
NFL Regular Season — Week 2 Game
Cincinnati Bengals (1-0, 0-0 Away) vs. Chicago Bears (0-1, 0-0 Home)
Date: Sunday, Sep. 19, 2021
Time: 1 p.m. EST
Venue: Soldier Field — Chicago, IL
Coverage: Click here for the stream
Cincinnati Bengals Preview
It was a spirited effort by the Bengals in their season-opener. Concerns regarding quarterback Joe Burrow in his return from a nasty knee injury were answered in a big way. The second-year pro threw for 261 yards and a pair of scores as Cincinnati upset the Minnesota Vikings in overtime. If not for a fourth-quarter collapse, the Bengals would have won this game in regulation.
It was a tremendous NFL debut for rookie wideout Ja’Marr Chase. Reunited with Burrow after their days at LSU, Chase overcame a preseason full of drops to top 100 yards receiving and find the end zone in Week 1. Running back Joe Mixon also had a huge game, turning 29 carries into 127 yards and a score. With second-year receiver Tee Higgins also finding the end zone, Bengals fans were no doubt salivating over the dynamic young talent that now litters their team’s offense.
Chicago Bears Preview
Given that their Week 1 matchup saw them take on the vaunted Los Angeles Rams defense, expectations had to be kept in check for the Bears’ offense. It was far from an inspiring performance. Veteran QB Andy Dalton drew the start, but the clamorings from Chicago faithful for rookie first-round pick Justin Fields began quickly. Perhaps such cries only grew louder when Fields came on in the red zone and ran for the Bears’ first touchdown of the game. Dalton still completed 27-of-38 passing attempts, but a lack of offensive creativity combined with the talented L.A. defense worked to limit the damage.
Tailback David Montgomery was a key bright spot for the Bears in their season-opening defeat. He totaled 108 yards on just 16 carries and also found the end zone. Perhaps of greater concern for the Bears is the defensive side of the ball. A once-feared unit is no longer such. The secondary in particular got lit up by the Rams’ passing attack in Week 1. Despite being NFL betting favorites, Chicago could have a hard time containing the Bengals’ aerial arsenal on Sunday.
Bengals vs Bears Odds and Spread
NFL betting odds for Bengals vs Bears are taken from FanDuel Sportsbook.
Moneyline: CIN: (+128) | CHI: (-152)
Spread: CIN: +3 (-120) | CHI: -3 (+100)
Total: 45.5 — Over: (-106) | Under: (-114)
Public (Spread) Betting Percentages via oddsFire: CIN: (70%) | CHI: (30%)
Bengals vs Bears NFL Betting Trends
- The Bengals are 1-0 ATS and 1-0 to the over this season.
- The Bears are 0-1 ATS and 1-0 to the over this season.
- Bengals are just 2-4 ATS in their last six road games.
- The total has gone over in four of the Bears’ last five games.
- The total has gone under in 14 of the Bears’ last 19 home games.
Bengals vs Bears Stats
- Cincinnati is averaging 27.0 points per game (PPG) this season (Tied for No. 14 in the NFL).
- Cincinnati is surrendering 24.0 PPG this season (No. 16 in the NFL).
- Chicago is averaging 14.0 PPG this season (Tied for No. 27 in the NFL).
- Chicago is surrendering 34.0 PPG this season (No. 28 in the NFL).
Bengals vs Bears Prediction
The Bengals vs Bears NFL betting prediction uses the NumberFire Picks tool.
Bengals +3: 35%
Bears -3: 56.6%