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NBC Sports Network Rout NFL 8*

NBC Sports Network Rout NFL 8*

Chicago vs. Baltimore, 08/02/2018 20:00 EDT, Score: 16 - 17

Point Spread: +2½/+103 Chicago

Sportsbook: PinnacleSports

Result: Win

NBC Sports Network Rout - Rickenbach NFL Game #241 Thursday 8* Chicago Bears (+) @ Baltimore Ravens @ 8 ET - The odds makers are well aware of the success Ravens coach John Harbaugh has displayed in the preseason. He is a long-term 28-12 SU and 26-13-1 ATS. However, this line still was set in very nearly the "pick'em" range when lines first came out on the Hall of Fame game. Of course the betting markets jumped all over Baltimore and drove the line all the way up to very nearly a full field goal here. It has settled in at a 2.5 and my point is that the odds makers don't make a lot of mistakes. The line was originally set at a pick'em on a neutral field with good reason. The fact is that the Bears have a new head coach, Matt Nagy, and certainly are hungry for some success right away. In terms of stats last year in the regular season, the Bears were just as good as the Ravens in terms of defense. Also, in terms of evaluating the offenses based on yardage, Chicago's struggling offense was very close to Baltimore's in terms of full season production. With all that said, I like having the points here in what is likely to be a defensive struggle with points at a premium. Look for the Bears to prove to be a little hungrier in the Hall of Fame game opener keeping in mind that this is the first of five games for these two teams in the pre-season! Motivation will be an important factor and, off of a 5-11 season, the underdog should prove to be the more motivated team all the way around in this one. 8* CHICAGO

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