NFL in London Betting Preview: Bears vs Raiders Odds and Free Pick
On Sunday, October 6th, the NFL will kick off their annual London series of games with a matchup between the Chicago Bears and the Oakland Raiders. Both teams are coming off impressive Week 4 victories and look to add another mark in the win column.
The Raiders will be considered the home team for this London game, which isn’t a surprise considering their public spats with Oakland and pending move to Las Vegas. Kickoff inside Tottenham Hotspur Stadium is at 1 PM ET.
Chicago vs Oakland Betting History
|Betting Data||Chicago Bears||Oakland Raiders|
|2019 ATS Home||1-1||1-1|
|2019 ATS Away||1-1||1-1|
|2019 O/U Home||0-2||0-2|
|2019 O/U Away||1-1||2-0|
Chicago vs Oakland Week 5 London Game Preview
The Bears and the Raiders have played against each other a total of 14 times. Each team has seven wins, but it’s the Bears who won the last encounter back in 2015. Chicago has also won four of the last six head to head meetings. As the home team, Oakland has gone 3-1 in their last previous meetings.
Chicago (3-1) is coming off a solid divisional win over the Minnesota Vikings. Once again, the Bears defense made an opposing team look silly on offense. Unfortunately, Chicago lost starting QB Mitch Trubisky due to a shoulder injury. Backup QB Chase Daniel came in and led the team to a 16-6 win.
The Raiders (2-2) went out on the road and defeated a decent Colts team by the score of 31-24. Oakland played their best football of the season and improved their record to .500. Now, they will look to pull off a second upset in a row as they face the Bears across the pond.
The Raiders opened as a 6-point underdog with most NFL online sportsbooks. However, that line has quickly come down to 4.5 points. The Over/Under opened at 41.5 points with many online betting sites. Since then, it’s dropped a full point down to 40.5 total points.
The moneylines have also dropped significantly as the Bears opened at -270 and the Raiders at +200 with most sports betting sites. Currently, the Bears are -220 and the Raiders are +170.
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Free NFL Sports Bet and Game Prediction: Chicago Bears -4.5 (-110)
Chicago has shown that they have one of the best defenses in all of football. They’re holding teams to just 11.5 points per game and 61.5 rushing yards per game. Both stats are near the top of the NFL. It’s going to be an uphill battle for Raiders offense that can best be described as “average.”
Despite their ferocious defense, Chicago has rolled out one of the worst offenses in the league. It’s quite the surprise considering how hyped up their offense was this preseason and how well they performed as a unit last year.
With that said, backup QB Chase Daniel will lead the way for this offense after starting QB Mitch Trubisky was injured. He might perform better than Trubisky, and we could see a QB controversy.
Last weekend, Daniel went 22 of 30 for 195 yards and one passing TD. He came in after Trubisky was hurt and calmly led the offense against a very stout Vikings defense. His showing was better than anything Trubisky has done this season other than his game against a terrible Washington defense.
The Raiders give up 25.5 ppg, 392 total ypg, 287.5 passing ypg, and 104.5 rushing ypg. These numbers are very appealing to a Bears offense that’s looking to step up their output, especially on the ground as they only average 90.3 ypg.
The Raiders offense started off the season looking good but regressed in their losses to the Chiefs and the Vikings when they averaged just 12 ppg. That all changed last weekend when they put up 31 points on the Colts and looked like a respectable team.
They will have a tough challenge against the vaunted Bears defense this weekend. Not to mention, Khalil Mack will get to play against his former team after the Raiders traded him to Chicago last year.
Chicago is 11-4 ATS in their last 15 overall games, 4-1 ATS in their previous five games on the road against the Raiders, 6-2 ATS in their last eight October games, 7-4 ATS following a divisional game, 20-7 ATS versus the AFC West, and 11-5 ATS when the total is between 35.5 ppg and 42 ppg.
The Raiders are 0-5 ATS in their last five games against the NFC North, 1-7 ATS in their previous eight October games, 5-10 ATS as an underdog of 3.5 to 9.5 points, 2-6 ATS in their last eight games against the NFC, 1-7 ATS in games from Week 5 through Week 9, and 10-16 ATS as an underdog.
Unless the Bears all suffer from jetlag, I don’t see the Raiders winning this game. Chicago’s defense is an elite unit, and a fired-up Khalil Mack will lead them as he looks to get revenge on his former team. I see the Bears wreaking havoc on the Raiders offense all game long.
Chase Daniel will play solid football and manage the game. He won’t force any throws or make any turnovers. I expect him to outplay Carr in this contest mainly due to the Raiders defense being subpar and the Bears defense being one of the best.
I’m taking the Bears to cover the spread of 4.5 points. I believe they will win this game by more than a touchdown. So, I’m not concerned if the spread goes up between now and Sunday.
Chicago vs Oakland Betting Recap
- Oddsmaker: 5Dimes
- Moneylines: Chicago (-220) and Oakland (+180)
- Spread: Bears -4.5 (-110)
- Over/Under: 40.5 total points (-110)
- Prediction: Chicago 23 – Oakland 13
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