Houston Texans at Chicago Bears: 12/13/20 NFL Picks and Prediction
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Chicago Bears (5-7) vs Houston Texans (4-8)
Game Info: Sunday, December 13, 2020 at 1:00 pm (Soldier Field)
Betting Odds: Chicago Bears +1.5 -- Over/Under: 46 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Houston Texans will travel to Soldier Field to take on the Chicago Bears this Sunday afternoon in NFL action.
The Houston Texans had their 2-game losing streak snapped and dropped to 4-8 on the season after being defeated by the Indianapolis Colts, 26-20, this past Sunday. Houston trailed by just a 24-20 margin at halftime, however, the offensive could not get anything going in the 2nd half and could not fight back for the victory. Houston outgained Indianapolis by a 398-371 margin, however, lost the turnover battle by a 2-0 margin in the loss. Leading the way for the Texans was QB Deshaun Watson who completed 26 of 38 passes for 341 yards, 0 TD, & 1 INT while also adding 38 rushing yards & 1 TD on the ground.
On the season, Houston is averaging 24.0 ppg on 379.6 total yards per game (295.2 passing yds/g; 84.4 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Houston has been led by QB Deshaun Watson who has completed 68.8% of his passes for 3,542 yards, 24 TD, & 6 INT. The top available receiving targets are Brandin Cooks (57 rec, 784 yards, 3 TD), Jordan Akins (24 rec, 285 yards, 1 TD), Darren Fells (19 rec, 275 yards, 3 TD), and Keke Coutee (14 rec, 179 yards, TD). Houston is without top receiver, Will Fuller V, due to a suspension while Randall Cobb missed last game due to injury. Leading the way for the Houston backfield is David Johnson (113 att, 452 yards, 4 TD) who retuned against the Colts after missing a couple of games due to a concussion.
Defensively, Houston is allowing their opponents to average 26.9 ppg on 421.2 total yards per game (270.3 passing yds/g; 150.9 rushing yds/g).
The Chicago Bears lost their 6th straight game and dropped to 5-7 on the season after being defeated by the Detroit Lions, 34-30, this past Sunday. The Bears looked like they had the game under control after taking a 30-20 lead early in the 4th quarter, however, the Bears could not hold on for the victory after the Lions scored back-to-back TD’s over a span of :41 seconds late in the 4th quarter. Chicago was outgained by Detroit by a 460-389 margin and committed 1 turnover in the loss. Leading the way for the Bears was RB David Montgomery who had 17 carries for 72 yards & 2 TD.
On the season, Chicago is averaging 20.5 ppg on 331.8 total yards per game (244.9 passing yds/g; 86.9 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Chicago has been led by WR Allen Robinson II who has 77 receptions for 904 yards & 5 TD’s. QB Mitchell Trubisky has completed 62.0% of his passes for 1,069 yards, 10 TD, & 5 INT and is once again under center for the Bears after an injury to Nick Foles (65.0 Comp %, 1,852 yards, 10 TD, 8 INT). The other top receivers for the Bears outside of Robinson II have been Anthony Miller (42 rec, 433 yards, 2 TD), Darnell Mooney (40 rec, 428 yards, 2 TD), & Jimmy Graham (38 rec, 334 yards, 5 TD). Leading the way for the Bears backfield has been David Montgomery who has 647 yards & 3 TD’s on 159 carries.
Defensively, Chicago is allowing their opponents to average 23.7 ppg on 365.9 total yards per game (249.8 passing yds/g; 116.1 rushing yds/g).
The Texans are 6-2-2 ATS in their last 10 road games vs. a team with a losing home record, however, are just 2-5-1 ATS in their last 8 road games. The Bears are 13-5-1 ATS in their last 19 games as a home underdog, however, are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall.
Houston could not pull out a win against Indianapolis, however, the Texans have looked much better as of late behind some spectacular play by Deshaun Watson. Chicago is in a free fall right now as the offense just can’t seem to put anything together and although playing at Soldier Field is always a challenge, I’m going to back Houston to cover this small road spread. Good Luck!