The Chicago Bears went into the bye week flying high on the strength of a 48-10 win against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and the oddsmakers appear to think the good times will continue to roll on:
— Brad Biggs (@BradBiggs) October 7, 2018
Opening Week 6 as a 2-point favorite against the Dolphins marks the fourth consecutive game in which the Bears have been favored against their opponents. Further, it is the second time in which Chicago has opened as a favorite in a road game. To put that in perspective, the Bears were favored just three times in 2017.
Being a betting favorite is something that should instill confidence, but being favored hasn’t suited the Bears well in recent years. The Bears were 1-7 as favorites under John Fox from 2015-2017, with the lone win coming against the Browns in Week 16 of the 2017 season. But let’s leave the past where it belongs, shall we?
Staying in the present, this contest certainly seems to favor the Bears. After starting the year having completed 72.9 percent of his passes and posting a 121.8 quarterback rating en route to three straight wins, Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill has struggled mightily in back-to-back losses. Tannehill has completed just 56.4 percent of passes and has thrown more interceptions (3) than touchdowns (1), to go along with a 54.0 passer rating.
Injuries are starting to take their toll on Miami, too. Not only will the Dolphins be without left guard Josh Sitton (shoulder surgery) and center Daniel Kilgore (triceps), left tackle Laremy Tunsil played just 38 snaps (59.4% of the offense’s total plays) and was placed in concussion protocol. This probably isn’t what Miami was hoping for when entering a game where Khalil Mack, Akiem Hicks, Danny Trevathan, and others are lurking.