Arizona Cardinals Vs. Chicago Bears Week 13 Betting Odds

Until Kyler Murray sprained his ankle, the Arizona Cardinals appeared to be on a trajectory for a franchise record in wins, and possibly home-field advantage for the playoffs in the competitive NFC. But since their young quarterback has been sidelined, the team has been defeated twice and looked sluggish.

This week in Chicago the Cardinals have an opportunity to beat down an inferior team in a tune-up game before next week’s battle with the Los Angeles Rams on Monday Night Football. With or without Murray, the Cardinals are favored by more than a touchdown.

Here are the betting odds for Sunday’s game in the Windy City.

Cardinals Vs. Bears Betting Odds

SportsbookPoint spreadMoneylineTotal
DraftKingsCardinals -8 (-110)
Bears +8 (-110)
Cardinals -365
Bears +280
Over 44.5 (-110)
Under 44.5 (-110)
BetMGMCardinals -7.5 (-110)
Bears +7.5 (-110)
Cardinals -350
Bears +290
Over 45.5 (-110)
Under 45.5 (-110)
CaesarsCardinals -8 (-110)
Bears +8 (-110)
Cardinals -360
Bears +285
Over 45.5 (-110)
Under 45.5 (-110)
BetRiversCardinals -8 (-110)
Bears +8 (-110)
Cardinals -375
Bears +310
Over 45.5 (-112)
Under 45.5 (-109)

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Cardinals Defense + Bears Offense = Rout

The Cardinals rank fourth in the NFL in team defense. The Bears rank 30th in team offense, and 29th in points per game. A shorter way to say all that is one word — mismatch.

Folks are fond of saying that any team can beat any other team on a given Sunday, but it’s difficult to see how the Bears can muster enough offense to contend with the Cardinals this Sunday.

The Cardinals are among the NFL’s elite passing and rushing teams, and their defense gets to the quarterback. Arizona is among the stingiest teams in the league at allowing third-down conversions, ranking fourth at getting the opposing team’s offense off the field. This could be a long day for the Bears, who punt the ball so much that the punting Irishman Pat O’Donnell’s face is seen on the field nearly as much as QBs Justin Fields or Andy Dalton.

The Chicago defense is adequate at containing the passing game, but where it really struggles is in the trenches. Arizona will command the line and that means lots and lots of yards for the Cardinals running game.

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Mother Nature Could Be a Factor

While fans in Arizona are sitting on their verandas in a chaise lounge sipping prickly pear margaritas, their football team could be suffering in a miserably cold rain on the impolite shore of Lake Michigan. The weather report calls for freezing rain on and off all afternoon on Sunday.

If Mother Nature fastens her chinstrap for this game, the Bears could slip and slide and muddy their way into contention. The Cardinals aren’t used to slamming their shoulder pads into a foe while icy wet snow pummels them from the heavens.

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Betting Recommendation

Weather be damned, give the points and bet on the Cardinals to cover the spread. The Arizona offensive line will be way too much for Chicago. The game may go under the total, so stay away from that bet.

While there is a chance the Cardinals could slip before their clash with division rival LA next week, it’s highly unlikely. There’s simply way too much of a talent gap between the Cardinals and Bears.

About the Author

Dan Holmes

Dan Holmes has written three books about sports. He previously worked for the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Major League Baseball. He enjoys writing, running, and lemon bars. He lives near Lake Michigan with his daughters and usually has an orange cream soda nearby.