11th August 2016
Chicago Bears & St. Louis Cardinals
The Chicago Bears have NOT made the playoffs since 2010 but do hope things change in the second year under John Fox. Due to a massive contract, the Bears are still going to go with Jay Cutler, but you are sure to see a lot of Brian Hoyer in this ball game. In fact, adding Hoyer may be the biggest pickup for the Bears, at least for the preseason as it gives them experience behind the shaky Cutler. Defensively, the Chicago Bears are very young with their second unit, and guys such as Jonathan Bullard, Deon Bush and Leonard Floyd hope to take advantage of the lack of depth.
The Broncos are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 Thursday games. The Bears are 6-19-1 ATS in their last 26 home games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Broncos are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 meetings.
As I have said in the past, I’m all about quarterback depth in the preseason and a combination of Cutler and Hoyer is pretty solid, especially when you consider Sanchez is the starter on the other side. The Bears should be able to put together some solid drives and get the victory here.
Pick: Bears -1/12
Cardinals are 5-1 in Martinezs last 6 starts vs. Cubs.
Over is 8-3 in the last 11 meetings in Chicago.
Cubs are 4-0 in Lesters last 4 starts.
Cardinals are 19-7 in Martinezs last 26 road starts.
Very few teams, and very few pitchers can match against the Cubs but tonight Martinez could give them some trouble alongside a strong offense, the Cubs will have a tough night. Cubs losing streak comes crashing down as rival Cardinals pull upset tonight. Final Score prediction, St. Louis Cardinals win at great underdog price 5-4.
Pick: Cubs -1 1/2