The Las Vegas Raiders began their 2021 NFL campaign with some great comebacks. However, their streak ended in Week 4 against the Los Angeles Chargers as they couldn’t rally against a well-balanced offense.
The Raiders dropped to 3-1 after losing 28-14 on Monday Night Football. NFL betting lines for their next matchup against the Chicago Bears are now available.
Let’s take a closer look at the best bets for the Raiders’ odds and spread in NFL Week 5.
What Happened on Monday Night?
The Raiders struggled in the first half of their Monday night game against the Chargers. Quarterback Derek Carr and the rest of the offense appeared out of sync, unable to get a first down on their first few drives.
That allowed Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert plenty of time to throw three touchdown passes before halftime. The Raiders scored 14 unanswered points in the third quarter, but kicker Daniel Carlson missed a 52-yard field goal after their third possession of the half.
That changed the momentum of the contest. The Chargers’ next drive began at their 42-yard line, and it took ten plays to score on an 11-yard rushing touchdown by running back Austin Ekeler.
The Raiders still had an opportunity to come back, but their offense managed seven plays for 13 yards, with Carr overthrowing Henry Ruggs III for what could’ve been one of the biggest plays of the night. Instead, the drive ended with an interception.
The Raiders’ defense forced the Chargers to punt on their next possession, but the offense again couldn’t capitalize and went four-and-out to end the game.
What does all this mean about the Raiders’ odds and spread when they take on the Bears?
Bears vs. Raiders’ Odds and Spread
One good thing that should help the Raiders this week: the Bears are facing a quarterback dilemma. Their starting quarterback, Andy Dalton, got injured in Week 2 with a bruised knee. Since then, rookie Justin Fields has taken his place.
After two starts, Fields still hasn’t thrown a touchdown pass. This week against the Raiders, he’ll face a defense hungry to make up for last week.
For that reason, the Bears’ spread at +5.5 points on the road needs a little more depth. It was running back David Montgomery who led the Bears to a victory at home against the winless Detroit Lions, but now he’s injured, so Chicago will have to rely on Damien Williams to take pressure off of Fields.
If the Raiders can stop the run, I like them to cover the spread. Also, the over-under total at 44.5 means that bettors believe this will be a low-scoring game.
The Raiders should’ve easily had ten more points against the Chargers, and that’s not even counting how they were shut out in the first half.
Keep an eye on how much the line moves during the week, but I believe the Raiders will score more than three touchdowns against the Bears in Week 5.
My prediction is that the Raiders’ offense rebounds and that they beat the Bears 30-20.
What About the Money Line?
Finally, the money line looks avoidable, but that depends on what value you see for either of these teams. I’m expecting the money line for the Bears (+190) to change this week because of the situation at quarterback.
The Raiders (-225) should win this game easily at home as long as they’re able to contain the Bears’ solid ground game.
What do you think? How well do you think Carr will perform against the Bears this week?
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