Arizona Cardinals vs Chicago Bears Prediction, Preview and Odds - 12/05/2021

by Amedeus Mastrangelo

Game Time: 1:00 pm ET, Sunday, December 5, 2021
Venue:  Soldier Field, Chicago, IL
Where to Watch:  Fox

 

Opening Odds at USA Sportsbooks

DraftKings:  Point Spread:  Cardinals -7.5, Bears +7.5; Over/Under:  46 points
Bet365:  Point Spread:  Cardinals -7.5, Bears +7.5; Over/Under:  45.5 points
BetMGM:  Point Spread:  Cardinals -7.5, Bears +7.5; Over/Under:  45.5 points
 

Season Record

Arizona Cardinals:  9-2 (1st place, NFC West)
Chicago Bears:  4-7 (3rd place, NFC North)
 
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Arizona Cardinals vs Chicago Bears Preview and Analysis

 
Recent Form
Arizona Cardinals:  won on the road on Nov. 21 against the Seattle Seahawks 23-13.
Chicago Bears:  won on the road on Nov. 25 against the Detroit Lions 16-14.
 
 
 

Arizona Cardinals Analysis

The Cardinals are coming into this NFL game with a 9-2 record overall and they are 6-0 in their road games this season where they will be in this game. They have won 2 of their last 3 games and are coming into this one off of a win in their last game. Colt McCoy was the starter for the injured quarterback Kyler Murray in their last time out and he completed 35/44 passes for 328 yards, 2 touchdowns and zero interceptions. James Conner led the team in rushing with 62 yards and 1 touchdown on 21 carries. Zach Ertz led the receivers with 88 yards and 2 touchdowns on 8 receptions while A.J. Green had 78 yards on 4 receptions. Rondale Moore actually led the team in receptions in that one with 11 for 51 yards. Jalen Thompson led the defense in that game with 5 solo tackles and 1 assisted one. Chandler Jones led the defense in sacks in that game with 2 while no one on the defense was able to come up with a sack for them in that one. They have scored 310 points in their 11 games this season averaging 28.2 PPG and they have allowed their opponents to score 202 points against them allowing 18.4 PPG. Their offense is averaging 378.9 YPG while their defense is allowing 317.8 YPG.
 
 

Chicago Bears Analysis

The Bears are coming into this game with a 4-7 record overall and they are 2-3 in their home games this NFL season where they will be in this game. They have lost 5 of their last 6 games but are coming into this one off of a win in their last game which snapped a 5 game losing streak that they were on. Andy Dalton was in for the injured Justin Fields and he completed 24/39 passes for 317 yards, 1 touchdown and 1 interception. David Montgomery led the team in rushing with 46 yards on 17 carries. Darnell Mooney led the receivers with 123 yards on 5 receptions while Cole Kmet had 65 yards on 8 receptions. Jimmy Graham caught the lone touchdown pass in that one. Jaylon Johnson led the defense in that game with 5 solo tackles and 1 assisted one. Robert Quinn recorded the only sack in that game for them while no one on the defense was able to come up with an interception in that one. They have scored 179 points in their 11 games this season averaging 16.3 PPG and they have allowed their opponents to score 254 points against them allowing 23.1 PPG. Their offense is averaging 296.1 YPG while their defense is allowing 334.4 YPG.
 
 

 

Cardinals vs Bears Prediction

The Cardinals are coming into this matchup as a 7.5 point favorite with the current betting odds according to Draftkings Sportsbook. The Cardinals have been doing alright without their starting quarterback in and they have won a few games with Colt McCoy in and won those games by double digits. Kyler Murray should be back for this game after getting an extra week of rest with their bye and they should be really prepared for this game coming out of their bye week. The Bears also have their starter out and are going with Andy Dalton but he did not play that well in their last game on Thanksgiving Thursday and that was a game that they almost lost to the winless Lions. The Cardinals have a lot more talent on their side and should be getting healthier for this game. The best bet to place in this game is on the Cardinals to cover the spread here.
 
Cardinals Bears Prediction:  Our NFL Pick for Sunday, December 5, 2021 (1:00 pm ET start time) is Cardinals 35 Bears 13.
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NFL Betting Trends

 
Arizona Cardinals: 36-54 ATS as a favorite of 3.5 to 9.5 points. 236-242 ATS in all games. 71-94 ATS as a favorite. 20-23 ATS as a road favorite. 117-120 ATS in road games. 86-93 ATS off a division game.
Chicago Bears: 74-88 O/U as an underdog of 3.5 to 9.5 points. 231-251 O/U in all games. 123-168 O/U as an underdog. 40-62 O/U as a home underdog. 119-124 O/U in home games. 
 

Key Injuries

 
Arizona Cardinals:  K. Murray (QB) Ques Week 13 - Ankle injury. D. Hopkins (WR) Ques Week 13 - Hamstring injury. C. Edmonds (RB) Out indefinitely - Ankle injury.
Chicago Bears:  E. Wilkinson (OL) Out indefinitely - Illness. J. Fields (QB) day-to-day - Ribs injury. T. Jenkins (OL) day-to-day - Back injury.
 

Notable Quotes

 
"It's just my responsibility. That's how I see it. I came here to be a part of this team and this group, and when your number's called, that's my role, and I'm proud to have won a couple games on the road." - Colt McCoy on starting for the injured Kyler Murray in their win against the Seahawks in their last game.
 
 
"We've been through some stuff, some distractions, the last couple days. But it just proves who they are, what type of fighters they are, what type of winners they are." - Matt Nagy on his team’s win against the Lions in their last game.
 
 

Starting Lineups

 
Arizona Cardinals
WR GREEN, AJ 
WR DeAndre Hopkins
WR Kirk, Christian 
TE ERTZ, ZACH
QB Murray, Kyler 
RB Conner, James 
 
Chicago Bears
WR Robinson, Allen 
WR Mooney, Darnell 
WR GOODWIN, MARQUISE 
TE Kmet, Cole 
TE GRAHAM, JIMMY 
QB Fields, Justin 
RB Montgomery, David 
 

Statistical Leaders

 
Arizona Cardinals
Passing: K. Murray (2276)
Rushing: J. Conner (555)
Receiving: C. Kirk (628)
Touchdowns: J. Conner (13)
 
Chicago Bears
Passing: J. Fields (1361)
Rushing: D. Montgomery (476)
Receiving: D. Mooney (694)
Touchdowns: D. Montgomery (3)
 
Coaches:
Arizona Cardinals: Kliff Kingsbury (3rd season)
Chicago Bears: Matt Nagy (4th season)


Amedeus Mastrangelo

About the Author:

Amedeus Mastrangelo has been heavily wagering on all sports for years and plays just about everything, including sides, totals, favorites, underdogs, against the spread, alternative spreads, first half, second half, player props, and futures. The bottom line is, if Mastrangelo can see an edge in any way shape or form, then he's going to take advantage.

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