The Chicago Bears (3-1) take on the Oakland Raiders (2-2) at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, England on Sunday evening (local time).
The Bears are on a three-game winning streak following last week’s 16-6 win at home against division rival the Minnesota Vikings. To date this season, the Chicago defense has allowed only 11.3 points a game.
The Raiders pulled off a surprise 31-24 victory at the Indianapolis Colts last weekend. That was something of a one-off game for the offense this season though, with the Raiders only scoring at an average of 19.8 points a game overall.
The big question mark with regards to NFL betting predictions going into this game is the injury to Chicago’s starting quarterback Mitchell Trubisky in last Sunday’s game. The official line is that Trubisky has a dislocated shoulder and a slight labrum tear which makes him doubtful to face Oakland.
Should Trubisky be unavailable, then backup quarterback Chase Daniel would start after coming on for him as a replacement in last week’s game. Although Daniel did well against the Vikings, the absence of the regular QB could impact negatively on the offense for the Bears.
Chicago Bears vs Oakland Raiders Betting Lines & Prediction
The Chicago Bears are the bookies favourites on the Money Line at odds of -240 (1.41) at Betway Sports, with the Oakland Raiders at +200 (3.00) with bet365. The Point Spread market sees Chicago -5.5 at -110 (1.90) with bet365, with Oakland +5.5 at -110 (1.90) also with bet365.
However, given the doubts surrounding the availability of Trubisky for Chicago from an offensive viewpoint, coupled with their formidable defensive record, we’ll look to the Total Points betting market for the tip in this game.
The bet365 Sportsbook offers +425 (5.25) on 21-30 points, which looks like potentially good betting value under the circumstances.
NFL Predictions: Total Points – 21-30 Points @ +425 (5.25) with bet365