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NFL Sunday Carolina Panthers at Chicago Bears: Start Time, Odds, Free Pick

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The woeful Panthers will look to end their four game skid this afternoon when they square off with the surging Bears at Soldier Field in Chicago (1:00pm ET start time, FOX). NFL Sunday Carolina Panthers at Chicago Bears Odds have the host squad listed as a -7.5 against the spread favorite and the game total set at 42.5 points. Carolina is drawing +290 money line odds ($100 win $290) to hand Chicago its second loss of the season.

Carolina’s offense, which was a major surprise last season, has experienced little to cheer about this year. The Panthers had a nice outing against the Saints horrendous defense (won 35-27) and they turned in a solid effort against the Falcons in Atlanta (lost 30-28), but those two games were the exception and not the rule.

Carolina, which is 0-2 on the road this season, tallied just 43 points in its other four games, which explains why the club enters today’s game with a 1-5 record. It also explains why the odds makers and almost every football fan/prognosticator on earth considers the Panthers an incredible long shot today’s game.

Chicago’s defense has been both opportunistic and stingy this season, ranking first in the league in both turnover margin (+13) and points per game allowed (13).

Aside from being the better team, the Bears also have momentum on their side. Chicago, which leads the NFC North with a 5-1 record, has won its last four games, two of which were on the road, by an average of 19.3 points per game.

The Bears are also 3-0 at Solider Field this season where they have yielded a total of 34 points to the Colts, Rams, and Lions.

Free Pick: Take Chicago -7.5. The Bears are 9-1 straight up and 7-3 against the spread in their last 10 games as a home favorite with a total between 41.5 and 44 points (Over was 9-1 in those same 10 games).

Carolina Panthers at Chicago Bears NFL Betting Odds:

Carolina Panthers +7.5 (-110), Over 42.5 (-110), +290 (Moneyline)

Chicago Bears -7.5 (-110), Under 42.5 (-110), -350 (Moneyline)

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