Cardinals at Bears Betting Preview

Published on 12/06/2021
By Scott Gramling
Arizona quarterback Kyler Murray
Arizona quarterback Kyler Murray appears to be ready to return against Chicago.
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12/05 1:00 PM ET

Three things you need to know before betting on Cardinals-Bears:

1. This marks the fourth straight meeting between the Cardinals and Bears in which the road team has been favored. The visiting squad has gotten the best of this head-to-head series in recent years, with home teams having gone 0-5 straight-up and 2-3 against the spread in Cardinals-Bears matchups since the start of the 2006 season. That includes a pair of Arizona blowouts of the Bears in Chicago, 48-23 as a 2-point road favorite in 2015 and 41-21 as a 2.5-point road underdog in 2009. The Bears are 0-5 straight-up and 1-4 against the spread as a home underdog of 4 points or more since the start of the 2019 season, and they’re 7-14 straight-up and 8-13 against the spread in December home games since the start of 2009.

2. After forcing 95 turnovers in 64 regular-season games over a four-year stretch from 2017 through 2020, Chicago’s 2021 defense hasn’t been nearly as opportunistic with 11 takeaways through 11 games. Arizona is 7-0 straight-up and 6-1 against the spread under head coach Kliff Kingsbury when facing an opponent that’s forcing an average of 1 or fewer turnovers per game. The Cardinals have outscored such opponents by an average margin of 12.8 points over those seven games.

3. Not only is Arizona 6-0 both straight-up and against the spread in road games this season, but the Cardinals have won all six games by a double-digit margin despite having been favored in only one of the six. They’ve scored more than 30 points in five of the six games while allowing 20 points or fewer in all six, outscoring home teams by an average margin of 16.8 points. The Under is 10-3-1 in Arizona road games since the start of the 2020 season.

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