Neither of these clubs will be considered seriously for Super Bowl futures in 2019, but the Chicago Bears have one of the most exciting defenses in the NFL after trading for Khalil Mack and signing him to a massive contract. The Bears nearly started 2018 with a 2-0 record, losing to an Aaron Rodgers miracle in week one before trouncing the Seahawks on Monday.
Arizona’s competing with the Buffalo Bills for the title of worst team in the NFL. The Cardinals looked utterly helpless against the division rival Los Angeles Rams, embarrassed in a 34-point shutout. They weren’t much better in week one against Washington, losing by a 24-6 margin.
Chicago’s beginning to recapture the type of defense which defines the history of the franchise, relentlessly hunting quarterbacks while deploying a suffocating secondary. Arizona doesn’t seem to do anything well, giving up 400 yards or more in two straight games and averaging three PPG.
Defense travels well, so expect Chicago to beat a 5.5 spread, which doesn’t carry too much risk. However, if the spread rises to 6.0 or above, you may wish to consider the moneyline instead. The Bears are listed as -245 favorites for a straight up win, while the Cardinals have a +200 line as underdogs at home. Since Arizona’s playing so poorly, a return of +200 isn’t worth the risk, making Chicago’s moneyline more desirable.