Chicago Bears and San Francisco 49ers are going to meet in the NFL 2021 season Week 8 on Sunday afternoon. The home side wants to break its losing streak and celebrate a victory in front of its fans. The visitors have been one of the biggest underachievers so far in the season, and they are searching for improvement.
Chicago lost its last two games, and they will try to bounce back with a win. The hosts faced two tough opponents in the previous two rounds, and they might break their losing streak here. On the other hand, the away side suffered four defeats in a row, and they are one of the biggest disappointments so far. A playoffs spot is pretty far, and San Francisco doesn’t have space for more mistakes.
Chicago Bears – Can they improve their offense?
The Bears faced the Packers and the Bucs in the past two rounds, and expectedly, lost both matches. They are currently 3rd in the NFC North with a 3-4 record, and their chances for a post-season spot are not too bright. Chicago struggles in the offense a lot, and they scored only a field goal against Tampa Bay. The Bears gained only 311 yards and turned the ball over five times. Khalil Herbert rushed for 100 yards in that match and was the biggest contributor to Chicago’s offense.
The Bears quarterback Justin Fields has thrown for 816 yards with a pair of TDs and three interceptions so far in the season. Khalil Herbert collected 279 rushing yards with a score, while Darnell Mooney leads the receiving corps with 345 yards and a touchdown. On the other hand, Roquan Smith logged 75 tackles so far, while Khalil Mack sacked the opponent’s quarterbacks six times.
Expected Line-Up (Offense): Khalil Herbert, Allen Robinson II, Darnell Mooney, Marquise Goodwin, Cole Kmet, Jason Peters, Cody Whitehair, Sam Mustipher, James Daniels, Lachavious Simmons
Expected Line-Up (Defense): Angelo Blackson, Eddie Goldman, Bilal Nichols, Khalil Mack, Roquan Smith, Alec Ogletree, Sam Kamara, Jaylon Johnson, DeAndre Houston-Carson, Eddie Jackson, Kindle Vildor
Quarter Back: Justin Fields
Kicker: Cairo Santos
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San Francisco 49ers – Will their losing streak end in Chicago?
The 49ers entered a terrible run, as they lost four times in a row. San Francisco suffered three of those defeats at the home field, and they jeopardized the playoffs spot campaign early in the season. The Niners are third in the NFC West, but their chances of improving their position in the division are slim. They go to this game after a 30-18 defeat against the Colts last Monday, where they gained only 280 yards in the offense. The Niners also turned the ball four times in that losing effort.
Jimmy Garoppolo has passed for 1,106 yards so far, with six TDs and four interceptions, while he was sacked eight times. Elijah Mitchell is San Francisco’s leading rusher with 296 yards and a pair of scores, while Deebo Samuel gained 648 yards with four touchdowns in the receiving corps. On the other hand, Nick Bosa has five quarterback sacks, while Fred Warner has been the leading tackler with 45.
Expected Line-Up (Offense): Elijah Mitchell, Deebo Samuel, Brandon Aiyuk, Mohamed Sanu Sr., Charlie Woerner, Kyle Juszczyk, Jaylon Moore, Laken Tomlinson, Alex Mack, Daniel Brunskill, Mike McGlinchey
Expected Line-Up (Defense): Arik Armstead, Kentavius Street, D.J. Jones, Nick Bosa, Marcell Harris, Fred Warner, K’Waun Williams, Josh Norman, Tavon Wilson, Jimmie Ward, Emmanuel Moseley
Quarter Back: Jimmy Garoppolo
Kicker: Joey Slye
Expert Pick #1 – Chicago Bears +4 @-110
Both sides are in bad momentum, but one losing streak will end on Sunday. Although the Bears have been terrible against the Bucs, the Niners also have their problems. Chicago plays at home, and their defense has been pretty solid so far. I’m taking the Bears ATS as my first pick.
Expert Pick #2 – Under 39.5 @-110
Chicago has been struggling in the offense, and they have produced only 14.42 points per contest on average. The visitors have been better in the front with 22.5 points per game, but they are struggling with many turnovers. I’ll stick to the Under, and it will be my second bet.
Expert Pick #3 – 49ers Under 20.5 @+105
I’ll jump into an alternative totals market for my third pick, and the Niners to score less than 21 points provide good odds. I believe it would be tough for the visitors against Chicago’s solid defense, and the Bears might hold the opponents under a 20.5 margin