|Written by Jerry Santiago|
Bet on the NFLNFL betting continues with week 3 of the preseason, particularly the Kansas City Chiefs versus the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on Saturday, August 27th. Both teams have lost their previous two preseason games, though in fairness the Bears have had to face the Denver Broncos and the New England Patriots – and they are, well, the Bears – while the Chiefs’ first warm up game was against football betting favorites the Seattle Seahawks.
After facing the Seahawks, the Chiefs went on to lose 20-21 to the Los Angeles Rams on August 20th. On that day, the Chiefs held out safety Eric Berry, LB Josh Mauga, and two other defensive starters. Additionally, the starting offensive lineup played four series and let the Rams running backs Todd Gurley, Benny Cunningham, and Malcolm Brown get away – figuratively as well as literally – with 85 rushing yards on 15 carries. Kansas City starting QB Alex Smith completed 9 of 12 attempted passes for 137 yards and one TD and led the Chiefs to 17 points on four positions. Nevertheless, Kansas still fell and disappointed its NFL betting fans.
A couple of days earlier, the Bears lost 23-22 to the Patriots. In spite of the loss, Chicago QB Jay Cutler’s offense improved on week 1’s output. Da Bears gained 78 yards of offense in the first half of their 22-0 loss to the Broncos the week prior. By way of contrast, Chicago gained 59 yards in its first drive alone against the Pats and surpassed the previous week's total in its second possession. Cutler played three series, and completed 8 of 12 passes for 83 yards. Moreover, running back Jeremy Langford rushed eight times for 55 yards and a touchdown. Similar to the Chiefs, though, the Bears came up short by a single point.
The last time the Chiefs met the Bears was in week 5 of last season on October 11th, 2015 at Arrowhead stadium. As NFL betting fans might remember, Kansas running back Jamaal Charles – the league’s leader in career yards-per-carry in his position – tore his right knee ACL on that occasion. Coincidentally, Charles was recently taken off the injured reserve list, but it’s unlikely he will be back to exact a measure of revenge. To add insult to injury, the Chicago won that game 18-17. Cutler led the Bears to a couple of 4th quarter TDs, including an alert toss to running back Matt Forte with 18 second on the clock.
Cutler threw for 252 yards and two touchdowns, the first a 22-yarder to wide receiver Marquess Wilson with 3:05 remaining in the game. Following a quick three-and-out forced by the Bears, Cutler drove them inside the 10-yard line. He took a snap in the shotgun, dropped it, and found Forte in the end zone. Chicago was down 17-3 in the third, but Charles’s injury led to a drop-off in KC’s offense and set the stage for a Bears’ comeback. The Chiefs went for a 66-yard field goal as the clock ran out, but it was to no avail.