The Denver Broncos will have completely different agendas when they square off in their Week 1 NFL preseason opener on Thursday night at Soldier Field. The Broncos are looking to get back in the playoffs after going 9-7 and missing out on a berth just one year after winning Super Bowl 50 while the Bears will look to rebuild back to respectability after their pitiful 3-13 campaign in 2016.If you’re looking to cash in on this Week 1 scrimmage opener, whether it’s with a winning ATS or Over/Under Total pick, then I’ve got the expert insight you’ll need in order to nail both wagers. Now, let’s get down to business with the current betting odds for Week 1 of the preseason match.
In Depth Analysis on Denver at Chicago NFL Preseason Odds & Prediction – August 10thWhen: Thursday, August 10 at 8:00 PM ETWhere: Soldier Field, Chicago, IllinoisTV: NFLNRadio: Sirius XM RadioLive Stream: NFL Game PassNFL Preseason Odds: Pick ‘Em / Total: 36.5
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Why Bet the Denver Broncos?The Broncos went 9-7 last season but missed out on a playoff berth, mostly because they play in the powerful AFC West where both, Oakland and Kansas City won a dozen games in 2016. Following the health-related retirement of former head coach Gary Kubiak, the Broncos hired former Miami Dolphins defensive coordinator Vance Joseph.
What Can We Expect from Denver This Week?For this Week 1 opener, the Broncos will start Trevor Siemian under center with Paxton Lynch, Chad Kelly and Kyle Sloter following. Denver was phenomenal defensively last season in ranking third in points allowed (18.6 ppg), but they’re looking to improve their offensive attack this season after finishing an uninspiring 21st in scoring a year ago (20.8 ppg).To that end, the Broncos drafted tackle Garrett Bolles in the first round and signed veteran guard Ronald Leary, tackle Menelik Watson and running back Jamaal Charles in free agency while parting ways with veteran tackle Russell Okung, linebacker DeMarcus Ware and most importantly, defensive coordinator Wade Phillips.
Denver Broncos Team StatisticsOffensive total yards 323.06Average Score For 20.81Offensive rush yards 92.75Defensive total yards 316.06Offensive passing yards 230.31Defensive rush yards 130.31Average Score Against 18.56Defensive passing yards 185.75
Why Bet the Chicago Bears?The Bears were a complete mess a year ago and suffered through a league-high 19 players going on the injured reserve list. Chicago went 0-8 on the road for the first time in franchise history and parted ways with longtime quarterback Jay ‘Cry-Baby’ Cutler, forcing him into retirement after no one else wanted to pick up the strong-armed but polarizing signal-caller (until Miami recently signed him).At any rate, Chicago then got fleeced in the NFL Draft by giving up a couple of picks to San Francisco to move up one spot to take inexperienced North Carolina signal-caller Mitch Trubisky with the second overall pick although the Niners were never going to take him.
How Well Did the Bears Do Last Season?Chicago ranked a pitiful 29th in scoring last season (17.4 ppg) and equally discouraging 23rd in points allowed (24.9 ppg). Trubisky will see action in this opener after starter Mike Glennon departs with veteran backup Mark Sanchez following.The Bears parted ways with veteran quarterback Matt Barkley and Brian Hoyer and lost elite wide receiver Alshon Jeffery in free agency this year. Chicago does have a pair of gifted running backs in Jordan Howard and Jeremy Langford but they’re looking for improvements at the wide receiver position, most notably from first round draft pick Kevin White.
Chicago Bears Team StatisticsOffensive total yards 356.50Average Score For 17.44Offensive rush yards 108.12Defensive total yards 346.88Offensive passing yards 248.38Defensive rush yards 122.00Average Score Against 24.94Defensive passing yards 224.88
Chicago vs Denver Game History
- Total Meetings: 15
- First Meeting: December 5th, 1971. Mile High Stadium. Denver, Colorado.
- Last Meeting: November 22nd, 2015. Soldier Field. Chicago, Illinois.
- All-Time Series: Denver 8-7-0
- Largest Margin of Victory: Denver 27-0 (1984)
- Longest Win Streak: Denver 3 (1981 – 1984)
- Current Win Streak: Chicago 2 (2011 – 2015)