Sunday, September 11, 2016
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The Chicago Bears take on the Houston Texans on Sunday, September 11, 2016 at NRG Stadium. The opening line for this game has Houston as 6.5 point favorites and the over/under was set at 44. Last season the Bears were 8-8-0 against the spread and their over/under record was 8-8-0. The Texans had an over/under record of 8-8-1 and they were 9-8-0 against the spread.
Chicago scored 21 points per game on offense last season, which ranked 23rd in the NFL. In the passing department, they averaged 21 passes on 33 attempts for a 64% percent completion percentage last season. They threw for a total of 229 yards per game through the air as well, which ranked them 23rd in the league. The Bears ran for an average of 116 yards per game on 29 attempts for an average of 4 yards per carry. That ranked them 12th in the NFL. They also ran 64 plays per contest and averaged 5.4 yards per play for an average of 345 yards per game, ranking their offense 21st overall last season. The Bears averaged 20 first downs per game which ranked them 20th in the league. They accumulated 56.8 penalty yards per game via 6.2 penalties, which ranked 31st in the NFL.
Chicago allowed 225 passing yards per game, ranking 4th in the league, and they allowed 25 points per contest on defense, which ranked 20th. They gave up 20 completions on 32 attempts per game for a completion percentage of 63%. The Bears allowed 121 rushing yards per game on 27 carries for a 4.5 average per play, which ranked their rush defense 23rd in the NFL. Chicago allowed 345 total yards per game including 5.6 yards per play, which ranked their overall defense 14th in terms of yards per game. They forced 1.1 turnovers per contest and got flagged for 6.1 penalties for 55.9 yards per game, ranking them 5th among all teams in the league.
Houston averaged 21 points per game last season on offense, which ranked them 22nd in the NFL. In the passing department, they completed 22 passes per game on 39 attempts for a 56% percent completion percentage. They threw for 240 yards through the air per game last year, ranking them 18th. The Texans ran for an average of 108 yards per game on 30 attempts for an average of 3.6 yards per carry last season, which ranked them 16th on the ground. They also ran 70 plays per game and averaged 5 yards per play for a total of 348 yards per game, ranking them 19th in the league on offense. The Texans got an average of 21 first downs per game, which ranked 14th. They averaged 55.2 penalty yards per game via 6.5 penalties, ranking them 18th in the NFL.
Houston allowed an average of 210 passing yards yards per game, which ranked 3rd in the league. Their defense overall allowed 20 points per contest, which had them ranked 7th. They gave up 20 completions on 35 attempts for a completion percentage of 57% per game. The Texans allowed 100 rushing yards per contest on 24 carries for a 4.2 average per rush, ranking their overall rush defense 10th in the NFL. Houston allowed 310 total yards per game for an average of 5 yards per play, which ranked 3rd in the league. They forced 1.6 turnovers per contest and 7.1 penalties for 61.4 yards in each contest, ranking 12th.
Jay Cutler finished his last game of last season with 245 yards through the air for Chicago. He completed 17 passes out of 23 attempts for a 74% completion percentage. The Bears were led in rushing by Matt Forte, who finished with 76 yards on 17 rushes. He ended the contest with an average of 5 yards per carry. Marc Mariani led the team in receiving. He had a total of 80 yards on 6 receptions for an average of 13 yards per catch in the game. As a team in that game Chicago got a total of 16 first downs by way of 6 rushing, 10 passing, and 0 by penalty. They ran 52 total plays for 342 yards for the game. The Bears ran for 108 yards on 25 attempts.
Brian Hoyer finished his last game of last season with 136 yards through the air for Houston. He completed 15 passes out of 34 attempts for a 44% completion percentage. The Texans were led in rushing by Alfred Blue, who finished with 99 yards on 17 rushes. He ended the contest with an average of 6 yards per carry. DeAndre Hopkins led the team in receiving. He had a total of 69 yards on 6 receptions for an average of 12 yards per catch in the game. Houston got a total of 14 first downs by way of 3 rushing, 10 passing, and 1 by penalty. They ran 62 total plays for 226 yards for the game. The Texans ran for 114 yards on 25 attempts.
Chicago Betting Trends
Chicago was 8-8-0 against the over/under last season
Chicago had an ATS record of 8-8-0 last season
Houston Betting Trends
Houston was 8-8-1 against the over/under last season
Houston had an ATS record of 9-8-0 last season
Injuries to Watch
09/07/16 DB Bryce Callahan Hamstring "?" Sunday vs. Houston
09/07/16 DL Cornelius Washington Knee "?" Sunday vs. Houston
09/07/16 TE Zach Miller Concussion "?" Sunday vs. Houston
09/07/16 DB Deon Bush Head "?" Sunday vs. Houston
09/07/16 LB Jonathan Anderson Shoulder "?" Sunday vs. Houston
09/02/16 DB Brandon Boykin Pectoral IR
09/02/16 OL Hroniss Grasu Knee IR
09/01/16 QB Connor Shaw Ankle IR
08/31/16 LB Danny Trevathan Hamstring probable Sunday vs. Houston
08/31/16 LB Pernell McPhee Knee PUP
08/31/16 LB Roy Robertson-Harris Illness PUP
08/31/16 WR Eddie Royal Collarbone probable Sunday vs. Houston
08/31/16 DB Kyle Fuller Knee "?" Sunday vs. Houston
08/28/16 CB Tracy Porter Concussion "?" Sunday vs. Houston
08/28/16 G Kyle Long Shoulder "?" Sunday vs. Houston
09/07/16 LB Akeem Dent Concussion "?" Sunday vs. Chicago
09/03/16 DE J.J. Watt Back is upgraded to probable Sunday vs. Chicago
09/02/16 T Duane Brown Quad out indefinitely
08/31/16 K Ka'imi Fairbairn Quad IR
08/31/16 S Kurtis Drummond Leg IR
08/31/16 S Lonnie Ballentine Knee PUP
08/31/16 G Nick Martin Ankle IR
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Chicago
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