Chicago Bears at Tampa Bay Buccaneers Week 2 NFL Picks & Predictions 9/17/2017
Sunday, September 17, 2017
Raymond James Stadium
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The Chicago Bears travel to Raymond James Stadium to take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday, September 17, 2017. The opening line for this game has Tampa Bay as 5.5 point favorites. The over/under has been set at 43. The Bears have an ATS record of 1-0-0 while their over/under record is 0-1-0. The Buccaneers were 9-7-0 ATS and their over/under record was 7-8-1.
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Valuable Chicago Bears Betting Trends
The Chicago Bears are 0-1-0 against the over/under
The Chicago Bears are 1-0-0 against the spread
Important Tampa Bay Buccaneers Betting Trends
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers were 7-8-1 against the over/under last season
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers were 9-7-0 against the spread last year
Key Chicago Bears Injuries
09/11/17 LB Jerrell Freeman Concussion "?" Sunday vs. Tampa Bay
09/10/17 RB Benny Cunningham Ankle left last game, "?" Sunday vs. Tampa Bay
09/10/17 WR Kevin White Shoulder IR
09/10/17 OL Kyle Long Ankle "?" Sunday vs. Tampa Bay
09/10/17 WR Markus Wheaton Finger "?" Sunday vs. Tampa Bay
09/10/17 DB Prince Amukamara Ankle "?" Sunday vs. Tampa Bay
09/04/17 DB Deiondre' Hall Hamstring IR
09/04/17 RB Ka'Deem Carey Wrist IR
09/04/17 LS Patrick Scales Knee IR
08/30/17 WR Cameron Meredith ACL IR
08/12/17 C Eric Kush Hamstring IR
Key Tampa Bay Buccaneers Injuries
09/10/17 DT Gerald McCoy Groin probable Sunday vs. Chicago
09/07/17 RB Doug Martin Suspension 3-game suspension (eligible to return 10/5 vs. NE Patriots)
09/05/17 DT Stevie Tu'ikolovatu Knee IR
09/01/17 DT DaVonte Lambert Wrist IR
07/30/17 DE Jacquies Smith Knee PUP
Useful Offensive Statistics
The Chicago Bears are 22nd in the NFL in points scored with 17. They have run 63 plays this season for 301 yards, which ranks them 16th in the league in total offense. The Bears average 4.8 yards per play, which is 15th in the National Football League. As a team they have accumulated a total of 20 1st downs this year, placing them 13th overall as an offensive unit. On the ground Chicago has run for 125 yards as a team, which ranks 8th in the NFL. They've run 19 times, averaging 6.6 yards per carry as a rushing unit. The Bears have been penalized on offense 4 times for 40 yards so far this season, which has them 28th in the league in penalties. Mike Glennon has thrown for 213 yards this season. He has completed 26 passes on 40 attempts for a completion percentage of 65%. His quarterback rating is 86.8. He averages 5.3 yards per pass attempt and 8.2 yards per completion.
Chicago is 22nd in the league in points allowed on defense with 23. They have surrendered a total of 372 yards on D, which is 27th in the NFL. The Bears are ranked 30th in yards per play allowed with 6.8. Their pass defense has given up 9.6 net yards per pass attempt, placing them 30th in the league as a unit. Opposing offenses have completed 21 passes on 30 attempts against the Chicago Bears defense this season, placing them 14th and 12th in the National Football League. The Chicago pass defense has also given up a total of 308 yards through the air, which is 29th overall in total pass defense. Their rushing defense has allowed 23 attempts for 64 yards this year, putting them in 14th place in the league against the run. The Bears have committed 8 penalties for 73 yards on the defensive side of the ball this season. That ranks them 24th in the NFL.
Special Teams Stats
Chicago is ranked 11th in the league in punt returns with 3. They've accumulated 45 punt return yards and average 15 yards per return, which is 4th in the NFL. Their longest punt return so far this year is 17 yards. They have returned 3 kicks for 70 yards on special teams, ranking 5th in kick return yardage. The Bears average 23.3 yards per kick return and have a long of 27 yards this year. They are 5th in the league in all-purpose yards with 453. Chicago Bears kickers have made 100% of their extra points, going 2 for 2 this year. Their punters have totaled 244 yards on 5 punts, averaging 48.8 yards per punt. That places them 7th in the NFL in punting average.
Useful Offensive Statistics
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers ran for 1,616 yards as a unit last year, which ranked 24th in the league. They ran 453 times, averaging 3.6 yards per rush as a unit. The Buccaneers were penalized on offense 109 times for 926 yards last season, which had them 15th in the NFL in penalties. They were 18th in the National Football League in points scored with 354. They ran 1,066 plays last year for 5,542 yards, which ranked them 18th in the NFL in total offense. The Buccaneers averaged 5.2 yards per play, which was 23rd in the league. As a team they accumulated a total of 340 1st downs last season, ranking them 11th overall as an offensive unit. Jameis Winston completed 345 throws while attempting 567 passes for a completion percentage of 60.8% last year. He passed for 4,090 yards. He averaged 11.9 yards per completion and 7.2 yards per pass attempt. His quarterback rating last season was 86.1 and his QBR was 64.7.
The Buccaneers rush defense gave up 427 attempts for 1,875 yards last season, putting them in 22nd place in the NFL against the run. They had 121 penalties for 1,061 yards on defense last year. That placed them 29th in the league. They allowed a score on 35.9% of possessions on defense, which was 18th in the NFL. Tampa Bay was 15th in the NFL in points surrendered on defense with 369. They gave up a total of 5,887 yards on D, which was 23rd in the league. The Buccaneers were 25th in yards per play allowed with 5.8. Their pass defense allowed 6.8 net yards per pass attempt, ranking them 26th in the National Football League. Opponent offenses completed 347 throws on 548 attempts against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers defense last season, ranking them 14th and 11th in the league. The Tampa Bay pass defense also surrendered a total of 4,012 yards in the air, which was 22nd overall in total pass defense.
Special Teams Stats
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers tried 31 field goals last season and made 22, which was 24th in the league. Their kickers had a FG percentage of 71.0%. Tampa Bay Buccaneers kickers made 94% of their extra points, going 32 for 34 last season. Their punters accumulated 3,216 yards on 70 punts, averaging 29 yards per punt. That ranked them 12th in the NFL in punting average. Tampa Bay was 19th in the NFL in punt returns with 29 last year. They totaled 266 punt return yards and averaged 9.2 yards per return, which was 12th in the league. Their longest punt return last season was 25 yards. They returned 21 kicks for 307 yards on special teams, placing them 32nd in kick return yardage. The Buccaneers averaged 14.6 yards per kick return and had a long of 26 yards last season. They were 27th in the National Football League in all-purpose yards with 6,354.
Who will win tonight's Bears/Buccaneers NFL game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Bears +5.5
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