Houston Texans (4-8) at Chicago Bears (5-7)
Texans Bears Bet Tips
Texans Bears Odds and Betting Lines
- Against The Spread: Texans -1 (-110)/Bears +1 (-110)
- Moneyline: Texans (-114)/Bears (+100)
- Total: 45 — Over 45 (-108)/Under 45 (-113)
- Implied Team Totals: Texans 23, Bears 22
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Texans Bears Key Injuries
TexansTexans WR Brandin Cooks was evaluated for a concussion in last week’s loss to the Colts but is reportedly in the clear. However, although Cooks may not be dealing with a head injury, he has popped up on the injury report with foot and neck issues, which limited him at Wednesday’s practice. Barring any setbacks, Cooks should be fine for Sunday’s tilt with the Bears. The Texans can ill afford to lose Cooks following the PED ban that ended Will Fuller‘s season.
BearsThe Bears are not dealing with any new significant injuries entering Week 14.
Texans Bears Players to WatchTexans RB David Johnson returned last week from a three-game stint on the injured reserve list due to a concussion. Facing a stout Colts run defense, Johnson could not get going. While Johnson did score, he only managed 44 total yards on 10 touches, all rushing attempts, failing to haul in either of his targets. It won’t get any easier for the once-prominent rusher this week. Johnson will get another stingy defense in the form of the Bears in Chicago, where they thrive. Although the Bears are yielding the 17th-most rushing yards per game (116.1), they are a team that bends but not breaks more times than not. They are also a tougher-out at home. Johnson may need more volume to put together a respectable stat line and give the Texans a shot at the road victory in Week 14. Bears RB David Montgomery has really come alive in recent weeks. In the past two games, Montgomery put together his best back-to-back stretch of the year, totaling at least 111 yards and a touchdown on 16+ touches in both matchups. Montgomery scored twice last week and three times total in his past two games. He’s also gone for 100+ total yards in three of his past four outings. Montgomery will look to keep his strong (for him) second half going on Sunday facing a Texans defense that has been sliced and diced by enemy backs all season long. Houston’s defense is surrendering the second-most rushing yards per game (150.9) in 2020 as well as the second most touchdowns allowed on the ground to opposing backs, 17 total including receiving scores.
Texans Bears Weather ReportThe weather at Soldier Field calls for an overcast afternoon at the time of kickoff with a 4% chance of precipitation. The temperature is forecast at 30 degrees Fahrenheit with 12 mph winds blowing NorthWest.
Texans Bears Bet Tips
BEST BET: Over 45 (-108)As good as the Chicago defense can be, they have shown that they have some holes, especially during their six-game losing streak. They allowed at least 34 points in each of their past two games, one of which, at Soldier Field against a beat-up Lions offense. The Texans’ offense is also banged up, especially at wide receiver, but the elite Deshaun Watson can make plays throwing to paper bags if it came down to it. The Texans also have a pair of big-bodied tight ends, Jordan Akins and Darren Fells, who can exploit Chicago’s biggest weakness on their defense, which is containing enemy tight ends. There are even reports that the Texans will employ Akins in the slot as a result of their wide receiver troubles. The Bears are allowing the second-most receptions (70), the fourth most yards (727), and the second-most touchdowns (9) to enemy tight ends in 2020. Chicago’s offense has also been playing well since Mitchell Trubisky’s return. In each of the past two games with Trubisky starting, the Bears have scored at least 25 points, topping out at a season-high point total of 30 in last week’s loss to the Lions — they also scored 30 with Trubisky back in Week 3. In fact, the Bears have scored 25+ points in four of five games that Trubisky started — he did not finish Week 3’s win over Atlanta, however. The Bears scored fewer than 23 points in all seven games Nick Foles has started. Four of those seven games were in the teens. The Over wont be smashed in this one, but it will slightly cover. The Over is 3-2 in the Bears’ past five games. The Over is 4-1 in games Trubisky started. The Over is 5-5 in the Texans’ past 10 games, but 1-3 in their past four.
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CONSIDER: Bears (+100)While the Bears are amidst a six-game slide, this Texans matchup is not only a winnable one, but it is also a must-win to remain in the NFC playoff picture. It is also a favorable matchup for the Bears’ offense to exploit while the Texans’ offense is knicked-up enough to be contained for Chicago to pick up a much-needed victory. While the Bears are 0-6 in straight-up their past six games, the Texans are 3-2 SU in their past five, losing last week to the Colts.
PASS: Bears +1 (-110)This is another one of those situations in which it makes more sense to take the Chicago Moneyline at (+100) odds versus the one-point spread in which the odds are (-110). This might as well be a pick-em. The Bears have failed to cover the spread in each of their past four games. The Texans are 3-1 against the spread in their past four, failing to cover last week. Anthony Cervino is 41-35-1 on his NFL Best Bets in 2020.
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