Chicago Bears vs. Carolina Panthers Betting – NFL Week 6, 2020
The Chicago Bears suffered the first defeat of the season at home to the Indianapolis Colts, but they bounced back with a narrow win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and improved to a 4-1 record. It’s an encouraging start of the season for the Bears, but they will be slight favorites on Sunday when they visit Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte.
The Carolina Panthers had a lot of defensive problems in the opening two games of the season and suffered a couple of defeats. However, they improved in the past three weeks and secured three wins over the Los Angeles Chargers, Arizona Cardinals, and most importantly, over the divisional rivals Atlanta Falcons. Check out my Bears vs. Panthers betting preview.
Bears vs. Panthers Odds
Cairo Santos Was the Bears’ Hero in a Tight Win Over the Bucs
The Chicago Bears were on the verge of the second straight loss in a home game against Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but kicker Cairo Santos nailed the game-winning field goal in the final two minutes of play to secure a narrow 20-19 victory. The Bears collected nearly 100 yards fewer than the visitors (243-339), but Santos’ fourth-quarter accuracy proved to be vital in this encounter. He scored both of his field goals in the fourth quarter.
Nick Foles completed 30 of his 42 passes for 243 yards, one touchdown, and one interception. Chicago’s running game was pretty much non-existent as they had just 35 yards on 14 carries. David Montgomery did record one rushing touchdown, while tight end Jimmy Graham caught one pass from Foles in the end zone. Allen Robinson led all the receivers with 90 yards on ten catches. Linebacker Danny Trevathan displayed the best performance of the campaign with eight total tackles (seven solos), while Khalil Mack added a pair of sacks.
The Bears are the 26th team in the NFL when it comes to the offense with 21.0 points per game, 23rd in passing yards (227.8), 27th in rushing yards (95.4), while they have the 4th best defense that allows 20.0 points per contest.
A Great First-Half Was Enough for the CAR to Beat ATL
The Carolina Panthers played very well in the opening 30 minutes in a road game against the divisional rivals Atlanta Falcons and scored 20 of 23 points in that period. The hosts limited the Panthers to only three points in the second half, but that was enough for Carolina to secure a 23-16 victory and improve to a 3-2 record.
Teddy Bridgewater was impressive as he completed 27 of 37 passes for 313 yards and a couple of touchdowns. He connected with DJ Moore and Mike Davis for those TDs, but Robby Anderson led Carolina’s receivers with 112 yards on eight receptions. Mike Davis had 89 yards on 16 carries and added 60 more yards through the air. Linebacker Shaq Thompson got to ten total tackles (three solos).
The Panthers are the 20th team in the NFL when it comes to the offense with 24.4 points per game, 5th in passing yards (281.8), 15th in rushing yards (117.8), while they have the 12th defense that allows 23.6 points per contest.
Prediction and Pick
Carolina showed a lot of improvement on the defensive end in the last few weeks after the disastrous opening two games of the season. The Panthers didn’t allow more than 21 points in that span, and we all know the qualities of the Bears’ defense, so I expect to see a tight, low-scoring affair here. Chicago scored just 31 points in the last two games, and I don’t think they will suddenly become more efficient in this one. I am going with Under.