Panthers vs. Bears: NFL Betting Preview – October 18, 2020

Posted By Staff on October 13, 2020 - Last Updated on October 16, 2020
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The Carolina Panthers (3-2) are favored by one point as they battle to keep their three-game winning streak going in a matchup against the Chicago Bears (4-1) on Sunday, October 18, 2020 at Bank of America Stadium. The point total is set at 44.

The betting insights in this article reflect betting data from DraftKings as of October 16. See table below for current betting odds and CLICK HERE to bet at DraftKings.com.

Betting Information

Total Facts

  • Panthers games average 48 total points per game this season, four points more than the over/under for this matchup.
  • Bears games average 41 total points, 3.0 fewer than the total for this matchup.
  • Carolina and its opponents have combined to score more than 44 in three of five games.
  • In two of five games this season, the Bears have combined with their opponents to go over 44 points.
  • The total for this matchup is 1.4 fewer than the combined scoring average of the two teams (45.4).
  • The Panthers score the 20th-most points in the NFL this season, while the Bears’ offense puts up the 27th-most.
  • The over/under for this game is 0.4 points higher than the two teams’ opponents scoring average (43.6).
  • Chicago has surrendered the fourth-fewest points in NFL play this season, while Carolina has given up the 12th-fewest.

Panthers Betting Insights

  • Carolina has put together a 3-2 record against the spread this season.
  • Carolina’s games have gone over the point total in two out of five opportunities this season.

Bears Betting Insights

  • Two of Chicago’s five games this year have gone over the point total.
  • Chicago has compiled a 3-2 record against the spread this season.
  • The Bears have a losing ATS record of 0-1 when playing as at least 2.5-point underdogs.

When the Panthers Have the Ball

  • The Panthers, on average, score 4.4 more points per game this season (24.4) than the Bears allow (20).
  • When they meet or go over their scoring average this season, Carolina is 1-1 and 1-1 against the spread.
  • When the Chicago defense allows 20 points or fewer this year, the Bears have a 2-1 overall record and a 1-2 record against the spread.
  • The Bears defense has allowed an average of 344 yards per game so far this season, 55.6 yards fewer than the 399.6-yard average from the Panthers offense. On average, the Panthers gain 6.2 yards per play and the Bears give up 5.2.
  • When Carolina hits their 2020 average in yardage, they are 2-1 overall and 2-1 against the spread this season.
  • When Chicago allows fewer total yards to opposing offenses than their season average, they are 1-2 against the spread and 2-1 overall this season.
  • The Bears defense gives up an average of 113.2 rushing yards per game this season. The Panthers rush for 117.6 yards per game.
  • When Carolina rushes for 117.6 yards or more this season, they are 2-1 overall and 2-1 against the spread.
  • When Chicago holds opposing teams to 113.2 rushing yards or fewer this year, they are 1-2 against the spread and 2-1 overall.
  • This season, the Bears have forced an average of one turnover per game. The Panthers average one turnover per game on offense.
  • In games where they turn the football over one time or fewer this season, Carolina is 3-1 overall and 3-1 against the spread.
  • Chicago’s record this season when they force more than one turnover: 3-1 ATS, 4-0 overall

When the Bears Have the Ball

  • The Bears score 21 points per game, compared to the 23.6 per contest the Panthers surrender.
  • When Chicago scores at least 21 points, it is 2-0 against the spread and 2-0 overall.
  • Carolina has a 1-1 record against the spread and a 1-1 record overall in games when it allows 24.4 points or less.
  • The Bears average 32.4 fewer yards per game (323.2), than the Panthers allow per matchup (355.6). The Bears average 5 yards per play, while the Panthers allow 5.7 per play.
  • Carolina has a 1-1 record ATS and a 1-1 record overall when holding its opponents to 355.6 yards or less.
  • This season, the Bears rush for 95.4 yards per game– 38 fewer per game than the Panthers allow per outing (133.4).
  • When Chicago runs for at least 95.4 yards, it compiled a 2-1 ATS record and a 3-0 overall record.
  • Carolina is 2-2 against the spread and 2-2 overall when holding opponents to 133.4 rushing yards or less.
  • This year, the Bears turn the ball over 1.2 times per game– 0.4 fewer turnovers per game than the 1.6 the Panthers force on average.
  • Chicago has a 2-1 record against the spread and a 2-1 record overall when it turns the ball over 1.2 times or less.
  • When it forces 1.6 or more turnovers, Carolina has a 1-1 record against the spread and a 1-1 record overall.

Panthers Players to Watch

  • Teddy Bridgewater has thrown for 1,461 yards, six touchdowns, and three interceptions while completing 73% of his passes (292.2 yards per game). He’s also carried the ball 15 times for 73 yards and a touchdown, averaging 14.6 yards per game.
  • Mike Davis has 220 rushing yards (44 yards per game) and scored one touchdown in place of the injured Christian McCaffrey. He has added 30 catches for 206 yards (41.2 receiving yards per game) and two receiving touchdowns.
  • This season, Robby Anderson has 36 catches (on 48 targets) for a team-high 490 yards (98 per game) and one touchdown in five games.
  • D.J. Moore has added 22 catches for 381 yards and one touchdown over five games. He averages 76.2 receiving yards per game and has been targeted 37 times.
  • Marquis Haynes leads the Panthers with two sacks, and has also racked up two TFL and five tackles over five games.
  • Shaq Thompson has racked up 43 tackles and two TFL this season.
  • Donte Jackson has intercepted two passes, added nine tackles and four passes defended five over games.

Bears Players to Watch

  • Nick Foles has thrown for 680 yards while completing 63.7% of his passes (72-of-113), with five touchdowns and three interceptions in three games this year (226.7 yards per game).
  • David Montgomery has taken 63 carries for 247 rushing yards (49.4 yards per game) and one touchdown in five games. He’s also caught 16 passes for 124 yards (24.8 receiving yards per game) with one touchdown through the air.
  • Allen Robinson II has been targeted 57 times and has 35 catches to lead the team with 421 yards (84.2 ypg) with two touchdowns in five games this season.
  • Jimmy Graham has added 17 catches for 169 yards and four touchdowns in five games this year. He has been targeted 28 times and averages 33.8 receiving yards per game.
  • Anthony Miller has racked up 161 yards on 13 passes with two touchdowns in 2020, averaging 32.2 yards per game on 23 targets in five contests.
  • Akiem Hicks has notched 3.5 sacks, four TFL, and 20 tackles over five games.
  • In 2020, Roquan Smith has collected 41 tackles and six TFL.
  • This season, Kyle Fuller has one interception, 21 tackles, and five passes defended five in games.

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