The Chicago Bears are on the outside looking in of the playoff picture in the NFC, as they enter Week 16 eighth overall in the conference. The good thing for the Bears is that they will be facing a free-falling Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday. But having seen the New York Jets win last week, anything is possible. Check out our preview of this game below.
Betting Preview for the Chicago Bears vs Jacksonville Jaguars Regular Season Week 16 Game on December 27, 2020
Where: TIAA Bank Field, Jacksonville
When: Sunday, December 27, 2020, 1:00 PM ET
TV Broadcast: FOX
Betting on the Chicago Bears (-7.5)
Regular Season Record: 7-7
The Bears are clinging to their playoff hopes, and they helped themselves with a 33-27 road win over the Minnesota Vikings last Sunday. That’s Chicago’s second win in a row. The Bears’ offense looked good again in Week 15, thanks in large part to running back David Montgomery who ripped off 146 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 32 carries. Mitchell Trubisky finished with 202 passing yards and a touchdown with an interception on 15-of-21 completions. With the Bears enjoying improved results in their offense, they should be high on their chances to do even better in Week 16, since they will be up against the Jaguars’ lousy defense. The Jags are 30th and 32nd in the league in scoring defense and total defense, respectively. Defensively, the Bears may not face the biggest threat on the Jags’ roster, as it appears running back James Robinson is getting rested for the rest of the season.
The Bears are 4-3 against the spread in their last seven road games.
Betting on the Jacksonville Jaguars (+7.5)
Regular Season Record: 1-13
The Jaguars just keep on losing. They only have two games left to stop the bleeding that started right after they scored their first and, so far, only win of the season back in Week 1 against the Indianapolis Colts. In their last game, Jacksonville got destroyed by the Baltimore Ravens on the road, 40-14. The Jags were only able to put points on the board when the game was already practically out of reach. Gardner Minshew threw for 226 yards and two touchdowns with zero interceptions on 22-of-29 completions, while Robinson had just 35 rushing yards on 16 carries. With Robinson probably not playing anymore this season, the Jags could give the primary job on the ground to Dare Ogunbowale, though that likely wouldn’t matter. Chicago is on the rise of late, but with Mitchell Trubisky under center, it’s always an adventure for the Bears. That means the Jags could get a break with a bad Trubisky game, opening a door for an upset win at home for Jacksonville.
The Jaguars are 4-3 against the spread in their last seven games overall.
The Bears win, 29-17.
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