It’s time to preview the much anticipated NFL Preseason game between the Broncos and the Bears.
The Denver Broncos (0-0) will hit the road for their week 1 NFL Preseason game against the Chicago Bears (0-0), and this 8:30 PM ET clash will likely be the most watched matchup scheduled for Thursday, August 9th. The Broncos are going to give us our first look at newly acquired quarterback Peyton Manning getting some in-game action with his new squad, while the Bears will try to show that reuning wide receiver Brandon Marshall with former Denver quarterback Jay Cutler will have their offense rejuvenated as many expect it to be.
The NFL betting odds currently available at Bovada Sportsbook have the home-team Bears as a 2.5-point favorite, while the total sits at 35 after debuting at 34 a few days ago. Make sure to signup for an account with these guys for your NFL betting needs since they are giving readers who click our link to get started a 100% cash bonus that is good for up to $125 in free money to use during the upcoming season!
Deciding on a preseason game involves looking past the starters since the mainstays will play a quarter at the very most. Backup quarterbacks for the Broncos are Caleb Hanie, Brock Osweiler, and Adam Weber. Hanie has some experience as a starter for the Bears last season, but Denver really doesn’t have much in the way of established backup quarterbacks when Manning leaves. Spelling Jay Cutler will be Jason Campbell, Josh McCown, and Matt Blanchard. The Bears have a big edge in experience here and should be the better offense as the game wears on.
Another thing to factor in to your betting predictions in the Broncos vs. Bears game is whether or not their starting coaches care about winning in the preseason. Denver coach John Fox has a 21-19 record in preseason games and is 6-4 during week 1, while Chicago coach Love Smith sits at 16-17 for his career and 4-5 in week 1. This might result in a small edge for the Broncos, but it’s probably nothing to base your predictions on.
Ultimately our Broncos vs. Bears predictions will be made on Chicago winning comfortably and easily covering the betting odds. The Bears are at home with a more established group of starters and more talent in their 2nd and 3rd squads. Manning might lead the Broncos on an early scoring drive but he’s still not used to his new teammates, whereas Cutler gets Marshall and an already productive offense to play around with. Chicago should win here and they make for a great bet.
Broncos vs. Bears Predictions:
Denver Broncos – 6
Chicago Bears – 23