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Our NFL betting expert presents his best Arizona Cardinals vs Chicago Bears predictions for this rare meeting between two NFC teams, live on FOX at 1:00pm ET.

Both teams head into this games with huge injury problems and big questions at quarterback about who will give them the best chance at victory: their usual starters, or the backups.

Cardinals vs Bears Predictions 

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Cardinals vs Bears: The Analysis

The Arizona Cardinals have shown why it is so important to have a good backup quarterback, as Colt McCoy has picked up a 2-1 record while substituting in for the injured Kyler Murray.

This has allowed the Cardinals to hold the Los Angeles Rams off in the NFC West, creating a two game advantage in the division. 

Things have been harder for the Chicago Bears, though. They have been determined to keep starting Justin Fields despite the rookie quarterback being painfully unready.

However, with his ribs injured, original starter Andy Dalton returned to pull off a victory on Thanksgiving against the Detroit Lions.

Now the Bears must decide if they want to stick with Dalton, or risk Fields’ cracked ribs against a strong Cardinals side.

Bears Slow Start

A lot in this game depends on the injury status of Kyler Murray and Justin Fields. 

Murray is the closest to a return. It seems that the decision on whether to start both him and star receiver DeAndre Hopkins will hinge more on if the team want to risk any setbacks against the Bears, or hold them off until next week’s big Monday Night Football game against the Los Angeles Rams. 

If the team do stick with McCoy, it won’t make them any less favored. He has done well standing in for Murray, passing for an average of 228 yards per game and scoring 3 touchdowns to a sole interception across three games. 

Things are tougher for the Bears. Justin Fields has struggled mightily at quarterback, and perhaps their best chance at victory is with Andy Dalton. However, the Bears are committed to Fields and will reinstate him when healthy. 

To further complicate matters, Fields and Dalton play completely different styles. With Fields still out of practice the team are starting preparations with Dalton under center, and may have to change plans late in the week. 

Looking at final results with all of this uncertainty around the game is tricky. However, the Bears have had one constant this season: poor first half performances. 

Since their upset victory over the Las Vegas Raiders in week five, the Bears have only won two first halves.

One was against the San Francisco 49ers, whom they later crumbled against, and the other was last week against a winless Detroit Lions team. 

The Green Bay Packers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Pittsburgh Steelers, and Baltimore Ravens have all beaten the Bears in the first halves of games since the Raiders victory. 

Meanwhile, the Cardinals have won the first halves in their two victories with McCoy at quarterback.

With so much uncertainty around this game, stick with the constant and back the Cardinals to beat the first half spread.

-115 First Half Spread: Arizona Cardinals -4 BetMGM Sportsbook BetMGM Sportsbook> BetMGM Sportsbook Visit Visit >BetMGM Sportsbook *Odds from All information is supplied without guarantee. The odds are subject to change.

Short Yard Conner

Arizona Cardinals running back James Conners doesn’t get the headlines of other running backs such as Dalvin Cook, Jonathan Taylor, or Derrick Henry. 

This is largely because he isn’t the kind of back who picks up a huge amount of yards. He is ranked 20th for yards with 555 on the season, has an average of just 3.8 yards per carry, and a longest rush of only 35 for the season. 

However, he is ranked second for rushing touchdowns with 12, behind only Jonathan Taylor’s 14. 

This is because the Cardinals will always put the ball in his hands in goal line situations.

In the Cardinals last three games, Conner has two one yard touchdowns. Across their first eight, he had a further four one yard scores. 

This means that half of Conner’s touchdowns have come from under 1.5 yards. 

This bet can be won by any player scoring from the one yard line. With Conner being given so many short yard opportunities, though, he gives this line tremendous value and a much higher chance of hitting.

-120 How many yards will the shortest touchdown in the game be? Under 1.5 BetMGM Sportsbook BetMGM Sportsbook> BetMGM Sportsbook Visit Visit >BetMGM Sportsbook *Odds from All information is supplied without guarantee. The odds are subject to change.

Cardinals vs Bears Odds

Odds courtesy of BetMGM, correct at the time of publishing and subject to change. 

Total Points: 44.5

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