NFL Betting Lines: Bears vs Dolphins Thursday Night Football

November 18th, 2010 by

bears vs dolphinsThe Chicago Bears are perhaps the most enigmatic team in the 2011 NFL gambling action. On paper this team has some terrific stats, especially on defense, and has very impressive 6-3 record. It’s also tied with the Green Bay Packers for the best record in the NFC North.

Yet no one believes that this team is a legitimate contender and even some of its stats seem inflated because of the relatively weak schedule this team has played so far.

On Thursday this team will get good road test against the 5-4 Miami Dolphins.

Kickoff for this Thursday match up is set for 8:25 Eastern Time and SBG Global opened with the Dolphins as a 1.5-point favorite with an over/under total at 39.5.

Even though the NFL betting odds are in favor of the home team the Bears should win this game for one simple reason: Defense.

The Bears have excelled this season on this side of ball, rekindling memories of the dominating unit that led this team to a Super Bowl berth in 2006. MLB Brian Urlacher is finally healthy again stuffing the middle. Chicago is giving up just 82.3 yards rushing per game (2nd in the NFL) and just 3.5 yards per carry (3rd best in NFL).

Miami has to be able to run the ball for their offense to function and if the Bears and Urlacher can take that element away from them this will be a long night for the home team.

The Dolphins 3rd string QB Tyler Thigpen will be starting on Thursday due to injuries and will have a very difficult time against a secondary that’s 2nd in the league in INTs (14).

The Bears will try and force Thigpen to beat them with his arm and that’s an awfully favorable match up if you’re a Bears fan.

On offense the Bears have hardly been a juggernaut averaging just 19.4 ppg (24th in the league). The run game has been minimal (just 95 ypg) and there’s been a lot pressure on QB Jay Cutler to win with his arm. For the most part he’s been successful and cut down on this picks (12 TDs, 9 INTs). However, he’s also been sacked a league high 29 times and his line must protect him if the Bears are going to win.

As always Devin Hester and the Bears special teams will play a decisive roll in this sports betting match up and if the teams play to a draw in the other facets of the game Hester the ability to tip balance in the Bears’ favor.

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