The Dallas Cowboys will try to defeat the Chicago Bears for the first time in four meetings when they visit Soldier Field on Thursday night (8:25 p.m. ET, NFL Network). The Cowboys lost at Chicago last season 45-28 as two-point underdogs and will enter this matchup as four-point favorites on the Week 14 NFL betting lines. The Bears have lost seven of their past eight games as home dogs straight up and against the spread, including five in a row.
Dallas will be looking to rebound from a disappointing 33-10 home loss to the Philadelphia Eagles on Thanksgiving Day as a three-point favorite at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. The Cowboys were tied with the Eagles atop the NFC East heading into that divisional game and now find themselves one game behind, but they still remain in the NFC playoff hunt. They are a perfect 5-0 on the road this year -- going 4-1 vs. the line -- but just 2-10 SU and ATS in their past 12 against NFC North foes.
Chicago also turned in a poor performance on Thanksgiving despite getting off to a good start. The Bears led the Detroit Lions 14-3 at the end of the first quarter but could not contain wide receiver Calvin Johnson in a 34-17 loss, with the closing NFL odds showing them as seven-point road underdogs. Johnson burned the Chicago secondary for 146 yards on a season-high 11 catches, including two touchdowns, and Dallas WR Dez Bryant could pose similar problems defensively for Chicago despite totaling just two receptions for 12 yards in last year’s loss at Soldier Field. Even though Bears quarterback Jay Cutler missed last season’s game due to injury, he led the team to a pair of road wins against the Cowboys as underdogs in the previous two meetings.
This Dallas vs. Chicago betting matchup should be a high-scoring game based on past betting trends involving each team. The OVER is 4-0 in the last four meetings and 4-0 in the past four road games for the Cowboys. The OVER has also cashed in each of the Bears’ previous six games against teams with a winning record. Dallas has seen nine of its last 10 games against NFC North opponents go OVER the total as well.