Sunday Night Football is usually reserved for the best matchup of the week, and before the season started, a duel between Justin Herbert’s promising Los Angeles Chargers and Justin Fields and the Chicago Bears might have been an enticing prospect—but not anymore. Herbert and company have been wildly disappointing, and the injured Fields won’t even be playing, with rookie Tyson Bagent starting instead. No surprise here as the Chargers come into this one as pretty big moneyline favorites on all NFL betting sites and betting apps.
Los Angeles Chargers vs. Chicago Bears NFL Betting Odds
- The Bears are a great bet for a back door cover with a +8.5 point spread
- Oddsmakers have pinpointed the total at 46.5 points for this showdown
- Top receivers on both teams should be in for big games on SNF
Los Angeles Chargers vs. Chicago Bears NFL Betting Odds - Sunday, October 29th
The Chargers are at home, and it’s a good thing, because they could really use a win right now. After winning two straight to get to .500, they’ve begun another two-game losing streak after a disappointing showing in a defeat to Kansas City last week. The Bears, meanwhile, have won two of their last three after a horror show of an 0-4 start. All odds provided by Sports Interaction.
|Los Angeles Chargers||-455||-8.5 (-110)||O46.5 (-110)|
|Chicago Bears||+340||+8.5 (-110)||U46.5 (-110)|
The Chargers have arguably been the biggest underachievers of the 2023 NFL campaign so far. Considered a team that might have realistic Super Bowl aspirations, they’re now going to be fighting for their playoff lives for the rest of the regular season.
They started off going 0-2 as their defense failed to stop literally anything, then they won back-to-back one score games against other struggling teams. Unfortunately, they reverted right back to their previous form, losing their last two games in a row.
However, while those first two losses can be laid solely at the feet of the defense, the last two losses can largely be attributed to a floundering offense. L.A. has scored just 17 points in back-to-back games, calling into question a unit that was expected to set the league on fire before the season started.
They’re good when they’re going off the first half script, but once they get into the second half, they have really struggled. They’re scoring just 8.5 points per game in the second half this year, ninth-fewest in football. That inability to maintain offensive production in the latter stages of games makes their 8.5-point spread a very dicey proposition here.
The loss of Mike Williams is clearly being felt, and the return of Austin Ekeler has not changed that. Rookie Quentin Johnston has not been getting many opportunities, so with the offense struggling, he should start getting more looks as Herbert tries to use every weapon at his disposal.
Another reason their point spread isn’t an encouraging bet is the fact that they have given up the second-most passing yards on the season, which also lends itself to a back door cover for Tyson Bagent and company.
Bagent looked solid playing in Fields’ stead over the past game and a half, and one thing that was clear in particular is his ability to take care of the football. Bagent is not trying to be a world beater, he’s been taking what the defense gives him and finding success that way.
If this spread were maybe under seven points, we might give Herbert and the boys a look, but considering the Chargers’ inability to score in the second half and stop the pass, a late cover for the Bears at +8.5 points at -110 odds seems like a better play here.
And you know who else can’t stop a passing attack to save their lives? The Bears. They’re just a couple spots back from the Chargers, having given up the fourth most passing yards. Four of the Chargers’ eight games have gone over the 46.5 point total, and same goes for five of Chicago’s seven contests, so we like the over on this one at -110 odds.
Player Props To Consider
Even before Mike Williams went down, Keenan Allen was having a heck of a season. He’s currently top 10 in receptions, yards, and receiving touchdowns. While the Bears aren’t top 10 in receptions or receiving yards allowed, they have given up the second-most touchdowns to receivers this year, with eight in seven games. Allen didn’t score last week as Herbert missed him when he was wide open in the end zone, so we expect that to be rectified. Take Allen to score at +105 odds.
Sticking with the theme of trash passing defenses, we also like Chicago’s top target, D.J. Moore, to have a big day on Sunday night as well. Moore has been solid as a rock this year, so with his receptions prop sitting at just 4.5, we can’t really believe our eyes. He’s gone over that number in four straight games and five of his last six. With Bagent in last week, Moore had eight receptions. We’re taking the over here at -145 odds.
Alex is a recent graduate of Ryerson's Sport Media program in 2019 and has been contributing to BettingTop10 since 2020. He has worked in the field of sports and sports betting for several years, including stops writing for theScore and daily fantasy sports website FantasyPros as one of the lead NBA news writers. A dedicated sports fan and experienced sports bettor, Alex has the knowledge to provide you with the best betting advice and the sneakiest props no matter what the sport may be.