With half of the season close to being in the books, we are still at a point where we have a bunch of teams all hovering just above or below the .500 mark, which suggests that we are in for an exciting playoff race in the second half of the season. We are still at the stage where a team can get hot and go on a run that leads to a playoff spot and a decent seeding in the postseason, but that window is beginning to close for some. The Bears come into this weekend sitting a game below .500, while the Cowboys are rolling and well within reach of the unbeaten Philadelphia Eagles at the top of the NFC East. Both teams need the win for very different reasons, so this should be a fun one to watch. The Cowboys have home field advantage, which is enough for the bookies to have them in as a 9 ½ point favorite, with the point total set at 42 ½. Let’s take a closer look at the upcoming match between Bears and Cowboys, so you can bet against their NFL Lines.
NFL Week 8 Betting Preview: Chicago Bears at Dallas Analysis
Bears v Cowboys Match Info
- When: Sunday, Oct 30 at 1 PM EST
- Where: AT&T Stadium, Arlington
- TV: FOX
Why bet on the Chicago Bears
After going on a 3-game losing skid, the Bears went into Week 7 of the season desperate for a win. They delivered the goods in a big way, taking out the New England Patriots in an impressive 33-14 win. As good as it was to get that victory, the Bears are still a couple of wins off the pace being set by the Minnesota Vikings, who have played a game less, atop the AFC North. The playoff line is still very much in sight, though, and a win here would definitely help the cause. The Bears, though, have struggled in conference games of late, winning just 1 of their last 6 against teams in the NFC. While they are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games played in the month of October, they have covered in 4 of their last 6 against the Cowboys. 4 of the last 6 meetings between these two in Dallas have gone OVER the point total.
Why bet on the Dallas Cowboys
While the Bears were able to go 4-1 in the 5 games they played with Cooper Rush starting in relief of the injured Dak Prescott, it was still a relief to get their starting QB back in the fold last weekend. Prescott, not unsurprisingly, took a minute to shake the rust off, but steadily improved throughout the game to lead his team to a 24-6 win over the Detroit Lions. With a full game under his belt, there is every reason to believe that he will be even more comfortable this weekend, which could be bad news for the Bears. October has been a good month for the Cowboys, who have won 7 of their last 8 games played in that month. They are also a good bet against the spread, covering in 5 of their last 6 overall. Each of their last 7 meetings with Chicago have gone OVER the point total.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
Looking at the trends for both teams, it seems fair to suggest that the OVER might be the way to go here. I’m not a huge fan of the spread in this one, although I do believe that Dallas might do just enough to cover.
NFL Betting Pick: Chicago Bears 20 Dallas Cowboys 30