The Los Angeles Chargers are sitting at 2-4 heading into Week 8 of the NFL season, so if they want to get back into contention and save their season, a win against the Chicago Bears on Sunday Night Football is absolutely crucial.
In this article, I'm going to break down everything you need to know to bet on this weekend's big game, including the betting odds, trends, injuries, key players, and my best bet.
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Bears vs. Chargers odds, spread, and total
Bears vs. Chargers betting trends
- Bears are 3-11-1 ATS in their last 15 games
- The OVER is 6-1 in Bears' games this season
- Bears are 6-2 straight up and ATS in their last eight games vs. Chargers
- The OVER is 8-1 in the Bears' last nine road games
- Chargers are 2-5 ATS in their last seven games
- The UNDER is 4-1 in the last five meetings between these two teams
Bears vs. Chargers injury reports
Chicago Bears injury report
- Eddie Jackson - S - Questionable
- Jaquan Brisker - S - Questionable
- Justin Fields - QB - Doubtful
- Braxton Jones - OT - IR
- Khalid Kareem - DE - IR
Los Angeles Chargers injury report
- Trey Pipkins III - OT - Questionable
- Joshua Palmer - WR - Questionable
- Gerald Everett - TE - Questionable
- Alohi Gilman - S - Questionable
- Deane Leonard - CB - Questionable
Bears vs. Chargers how to watch
- Date: Sunday, October 29
- Game Time: 8:20 p.m. EST
- Venue: SoFi Stadium
- How to Watch (TV): NBC
- Chicago Bears Record: 2-5
- Los Angeles Chargers Record: 2-4
Bears vs. Chargers key players to watch
Tyson Bagent: The storyline of the game will be quarterback, Tyson Bagent, out of Sheperd University, who will be making his second start for the Bears in relief of the injured Justin Fields. Bagent lead the Bears to their second win of the season last week against the Raiders, and he's played some solid football. In two appearances, he has completed 72.1% of passes for 245 yards, one touchdown, and one interception. We'll see if he can keep up the efficiency on Sunday night.
Los Angeles Chargers
Joshua Palmer: Since Mike Williams has ruled out for the season with yet another injury, it's Joshua Palmer who has stepped up in a big way in his absence. He has accumulated at least 60 yards receiving in each of his last four starts and he's coming off his strongest performance of the season, racking up 133 yards on five receptions against the Chiefs in Week 7. He'll be a key part of this Chargers offense moving forward.
Bears vs. Chargers prediction and pick
Tyson Bagent is a feel good story, there's no doubt about that. But let's not forget this guy is an undrafted rookie from a division 2 school. Having a solid game against the Raiders on a Sunday afternoon is one thing, but now hitting the road to take on Justin Herbert and the Chargers on Sunday Night Football is a whole different level of pressure.
If you decide to bet on the Bears, you run the risk of feeling stupid by halftime, wondering why you'd ever bet on a guy from Sheperd University in a Sunday Night Football game.
Yes, the Chargers have had some major issues this season, but they're a lot better than what they've shown us. Their offense, specifically, is still a top unit in the NFL. Heading into this week, they rank eighth in yards per play, averaging 5.6 yards per snap. Now, Herbert and company get to face a Bears defense that's allowing 7.1 yards per pass attempt, one of the worst marks in the league.
It's time for this Chargers team to snap out of their funk.
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