Arizona Cardinals vs. Chicago Bears Prediction: Cardinals Need to Come Out Firing After Bye Week

Arizona Cardinals vs. Chicago Bears predictions and picks for their Week 13 matchup in Chicago. Handicapper Mike Spector has his picks for this one ready to go
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Tue, November 30, 2:43 PM EST | 4 min read
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Arizona Cardinals vs. Chicago Bears Prediction: Cardinals Need to Come Out Firing After Bye Week

The Arizona Cardinals come off their bye week with a 9-2 record, the best record in the NFL. They face a Chicago Bears team that is also off more extended rest than usual, having last played on Thanksgiving Day. At 4-7, the Bears enter this week just one game out of a playoff spot in the NFC. Will Arizona inch closer to securing the NFC’s No. 1 seed, or will Chicago earn a much-needed victory to remain relevant in the playoff race?

Arizona Cardinals vs. Chicago Bears INJURY REPORT

ARIZONA

QUESTIONABLE: DT Rashard Lawrence, WR DeAndre Hopkins, QB Kyler Murray

OUT: OT Justin Murray, TE Maxx Williams

CHICAGO

QUESTIONABLE: LB Roquan Smith

OUT: WR Allen Robinson II, RB Damien Williams, QB Justin Fields, DT Akiem Hicks

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Arizona Cardinals vs. Chicago Bears Betting Line Movement

Arizona Cardinals vs. Chicago Bears Prediction

Arizona’s bye week came at a good time, as they had played the three games before the bye without quarterback Kyler Murray and wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins. Head coach Kliff Kingsbury said earlier in the week that he was “hopeful” that Murray would be able to suit up on Sunday. He shared the same words about Hopkins but will monitor both players in practice throughout the week. Nevertheless, backup quarterback Colt McCoy has filled in admirably for the injured Murray to this point, guiding them to wins at Seattle and San Francisco, with a disappointing loss to Carolina sandwiched in between.

The biggest storyline surrounding the Chicago Bears entering their Thanksgiving matchup with the Lions was the job status of head coach Matt Nagy, as rumors surfaced that he might be fired after the game. All told, backup quarterback Andy Dalton led his team to an uninspiring 16-14 victory over the winless Lions. Nagy has said that Justin Fields is still their starting quarterback when he is healthy, but all indications are that he will not be ready to come back from a rib injury this week that he suffered in their loss to Baltimore two weeks ago.

Arizona enters this game on a six-game road winning streak, while the Bears have failed to cover the spread in seven of their last eight games against NFC opponents. An eight-point spread suggests oddsmakers think it is likely both Murray and Hopkins return for the Cardinals, which would surely give their already explosive offense an added element. Regardless of Murray’s playing status, one should confidently back the Cardinals in this game, given the tumultuous last few weeks the Bears organization has had.

Despite Bears chairman George McCaskey addressing the media last Wednesday and declaring that Nagy would not be fired after the Lions game, that type of buzz has to affect a locker room. Chicago beat Detroit on a field goal as time expired, but the Bears did not have the look of a team that was inspired to play for its head coach. So while Chicago is not likely to fire Nagy during the season, since they have never let go a coach mid-season in their franchise history, his days are numbered.

One of the only positives to take out of last week’s win was that Andy Dalton became the first Bears quarterback to throw for 300 or more yards since Nick Foles did it in Week 9 of last year. However, having Dalton throw the ball all over the dome was out of necessity, as Chicago managed just 68 yards rushing on 29 carries (2.3 yards per attempt).

Given the drama surrounding Nagy, it is almost better for Chicago if they played road games from now on, as the Soldier Field crowd will voice their displeasure at the slightest hint of things going awry this week. Imagine how a rowdy Soldier Field crowd will act this week if the student section at the Illinois basketball game this week is already chanting for Nagy to be fired.

The Cardinals have covered the spread in seven of their last nine games and are 4-1 ATS against teams with losing records. Meanwhile, the Bears have failed to cover their previous four games as home underdogs. Thus, do not be intimidated by laying this big number, as we expect Murray and the Cardinals offense to pick up right where they left off before Murray injured his ankle.

Arizona Cardinals vs. Chicago Bears Pick

Mike Spector
@MikeSpector01

Mike Spector brings unmatched knowledge and insight into the game of football, and more importantly the process of betting on NFL football. Mike is the #2 ranked expert in FantasyPros' NFL betting contest

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