The Chicago Bears opened as -10 favorites for their week 8 clash with the Carolina Panthers. Depending on the sportsbook the current line is anywhere from Chicago -7 Carolina +7 up to Bears -9 Panthers +9. The money line odds market sees Chicago priced between -400 ($1.25) up to -345 ($1.29) and if you think Carolina can cause an upset you can get them at odds up to +305 ($4.05). In the NFL Over Under market the line opened at O/U44 but has since come in a point and a half to sit at O/U 42.5.
The current wager counts at a leading sportsbook show that Carolina +7.5 is attracting around 60% of the point spread wagers while they are getting around 51% of money line bets. 65% of wagers placed in the over under market have been on the Under.
The Bears are coming off a tight 6 point win over Detroit (13-7) on Monday night. Now sitting at 5-1 they are averaging 27 points per game while allowing a league best 13 points for a differential of +14. Chicago has a 4-2 (+$180) record against the closing point spread, 3-3 over under record and they are +$217 against the opening odds and +$178 against the close.
Carolina had a shakeup in the front office this week which saw Marty Hurney fired and if they aren't able to get their disappointing season turned around quickly he will not be the last person shown the door. The job of improving on their 1-5 record this week won't be easy going up against one of the best defenses in the league right now. Averaging 17.67 points per game while allowing 24 the Panthers have a point’s per game differential of -6.33. Wagering results include a 2-4 (-$210) spread record, -$363 against the money line and 2-4 over under record.
|09/14/08||-3||-167 (1.6)||Panthers||20||17||Bears||157 (2.57)||3||37.5|
|10/10/10||-3||-140 (1.71)||Panthers||6||23||Bears||127 (2.27)||3||33|
|10/02/11||-7||-300 (1.33)||Bears||34||29||Panthers||264 (3.64)||7||41.5|
Our Historical NFL Point Spreads and odds data shows that there has been 3 regular season games played between Chicago and Carolina since 2008. The Bears hold the advantage 2-1 having covered the spread once. The last time they played was last season when Chicago managed a 5 point win as -300 ($1.33) home favorites with Carolina covering the +7 spread. Over under results are 1-2 with an average game total of 43 points