The Chicago Bears (1-1) will take on the Cleveland Browns this Sunday as road underdogs at FirstEnergy Stadium.
The consensus line opened at Browns -9, throughout the week, it has moved at most Illinois sportsbooks. That would usually mean there is sharp action on the Bears.
Chicago earned its first win of the season this past Sunday, beating the Bengals 20-17. The defense returned to form, and Justin Fields saw extended playing time for the first time in his NFL career.
Here are the best Chicago Bears odds at Illinois sportsbooks heading into Week 3:
Bears at Browns odds at Illinois sportsbooks
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As of now, we still don’t know who will start as quarterback for the Bears.
Andy Dalton looked sharp early on vs. the Bengals but had to leave the game due to a knee injury. Now, we know that Fields will start, as Dalton will be sidelines for a few weeks.
The rookie had an up-and-down performance vs. Cincinnati, though it was certainly better than the final stats indicated.
Allen Robinson dropped what would have been a long touchdown pass, and Darnell Mooney dropped what would have been another nice chunk. Referees also called back a big Cole Kmet gain on a questionable offensive pass interference call.
But Fields also had bad moments, such as a late interception that clinched a backdoor cover for certain Bengals bettors and a few false start penalties. The talent and the inexperience were both on display.
He’ll get a chance to sink or swim on Sunday. When Fields was definitively announced the starter on Wednesday, the line moved half a point in the Bears’ favor.
Browns are a very tough opponent for the Bears
The Browns are one of the best teams in the AFC, and through two games, they are averaging 30 points per game.
They are fresh off a 31-21 win over the Texans, which followed a heartbreaking 33-29 loss to the Chiefs. The Bears’ defense balled out on Sunday, picking off Joe Burrow three times and allowing just 248 total yards.
But they will have their hands full with Baker Mayfield, an elite offensive line and two outstanding running backs in Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt. The Bengals were talented, but one-dimensional. The Browns have a complete offense and will be playing at home.
It won’t be as big of news as the quarterback decision, but keep an eye on Bears nose tackle Eddie Goldman’s status this week. He’s one of the best run-stuffers in the league, but hasn’t played this season. There’s a chance he makes his debut in Week 3.
The Browns are third in the league in rushing at 154.5 yards per game. Chicago has fared decently against the run this season, but whether or not Goldman plays on Sunday is quite important.
And as always, the Bears’ defense is as good as their pass rush. They registered four sacks on Sunday, and Khalil Mack and Eddie Jackson looked more like their 2018 selves than they did in Week 1 vs. the Rams. Jaylon Johnson and Roquan Smith appear to be emerging impact players, but the Bears need their big money defenders to make splash plays as they did on Sunday.
How are the Bears against-the-spread this season?
The Bears are either 1-1, 0-1-1 or 0-2 against-the-spread, depending on which number you got against the Bengals.
The line vs. Cincinnati opened at Bears -3.5. If you took them right away, you lost.
But if you waited, the Bears either pushed or covered. The Bears won by three, and the line closed at two or 1.5 at most sportsbooks.