The 2023 NFL Week 10 kicks off with a game between the Chicago Bears and the Carolina Panthers on Thursday Night Football. Despite neither team having playoff implications, the game will have a big impact on the 2024 NFL Draft order. The Bears are currently sitting in the fourth overall pick slot with a 2-7 record, while the Panthers, who will send their pick to Chicago, currently hold the second overall pick.
The betting splits on DraftKings Sportsbook for the matchup show that the Bears are favored by 3.5 points at home. The Bears will be without QB Justin Fields, who is still recovering from an injury, and RB Khalil Herbert may also be out. The Panthers, on the other hand, are coming off a 27-13 loss to the Colts with rookie QB Bryce Young struggling with turnovers. The key to victory for the Panthers could be a strong run game to control the clock.
Despite the Bears being favored, the public believes that they will cover the spread, with 68% of the handle and 65% of the bets on Chicago. However, it’s noted that neither team is particularly strong, and the home-field advantage may play a role in the game. The over/under is set at 38.5 points, with the majority of the public betting on the under due to the expected poor QB play and strong defensive efforts.
On the moneyline, the Bears are also getting the majority of the bets, with 76% of the handle and 72% of the bets on Chicago to win. It’s suggested that taking the Bears on the moneyline may be a safer bet than taking them to cover the 3.5-point spread.
Overall, the game is expected to be low-scoring and potentially ugly, with both teams struggling offensively. The outcome of the game could have significant implications for the 2024 NFL Draft order, making it an interesting matchup despite the lack of playoff implications.