Two struggling football teams meet in The Windy City. The Bears are only a game away from .500, whilst the Niners know a loss here will likely rule them out of contention in a stacked NFC West division. Will Justin Fields show the Niners that they made the wrong choice in overlooking him for Trey Lance with the 3rd pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, or will San Fran get back on track after four consecutive losses?
San Francisco dropped their fourth game on the bounce as they fell to the Colts on SNF. Rookie runner Elijah Mitchell impressed in the backfield with 107 yards and a TD, and he’ll be looking for another productive day against a Bears run defense that’s fresh off allowing the Tampa Bay Bucs to gash them for 6 YPC. The Niners passing game has been far from impressive, but one bright spot has been the emergence of Deebo Samuel as a consistent receiving threat. Deebo has three 100+ receiving yard games in 2021 and has surpassed 90 yards in four of his six outings. On defense it’s all about Nick Bosa and Fred Warner. Bosa has five sacks in six games, which he’ll be expecting to add to up against Justin Fields, who’s the most sacked QB in the NFL. Warner has been and is a tackling machine, one of the best Linebackers in football, he has racked up nine or more combined tackles & assists in five of his seven games this season, and don’t be surprised if he’s busy again today against a good running football team like the Bears.
Chicago has to be one of the worst teams on offense in the whole of the NFL. The Bears rank dead last in passing yards per game, they rank 30th in points scored per game, they have the most sacked QB in the league and said QB is coming off a game in which he threw zero touchdowns and turned the ball over five times! If it wasn’t for the rushing attack, God only knows what this offense would look like. Khalil Herbert has impressed in the absence of David Montgomery. The rookie ball carrier, who has had at least 75 yards rushing in all three games that he’s been given 50% or more of the offensive snaps, picked up his first 100 rushing yard game of his career last week and did it against the #1 rush defense in all of football. He should have every opportunity to impress again against a Niners defense that’s just let up a 100-yard rusher. On defense, the loss of Khalil Mack cannot be understated, and will he be missed. Roquan Smith is the leader of the unit in Mack’s absence and similarly to the aforementioned Warner, is a tackling machine. Smith has posted double-digit combined tackles & assists in six of seven games this year and should be busy again with San Francisco’s heavy run game heading his way.
Spread: Bears +4.0
Game Prediction: Niners 19-17 Bears
Best Bet: Fred Warner over 8.5 Tackles & Assists, Roquan Smith over 9.5 Tackles & Assists, Deebo Samuel over 68.5 Receiving Yards, Elijah Mitchell over 71.5 Rushing Yards & Khalil Herbert to have over 15.5 Rushing Attempts and over 69.5 Rushing Yards @ 33/1 with Bet365 Bet Builder. [0.25]