Seattle Seahawks vs. Chicago Bears Betting Odds Preview - NFL Week 13

This week’s matchup of Seattle at Chicago is bound to be an intense competition. These two teams are very similar, strong defenses and run strong offenses with weaker pass games. Seattle enters this game 6-5, good enough to be in the running for a wild card spot, but probably not good enough to catch San Francisco in the NFC West. Chicago is 8-3, first in the NFC North, but they need to keep winning to fend off Green Bay who is 7-4 and has a good chance of beating Minnesota this week.

Chicago is the favorite to win this week with a spread of 3 points and the over/under is 38 points.

To say these teams are nearly identical to each other is not an understatement. Seattle averages 317 total yards on offense each game; Chicago averages 299 total yards. Seattle averages 179 yards passing per game; Chicago averages 177 yards. Seattle averages 138 yards rushing per game; Chicago averages 122 yards. Defensively Seattle allows an average total of 309 yards per game; Chicago averages 307 yards. Seattle allows an average of 201 passing yards per game; Chicago allows 210 yards. Seattle allows an average of 109 yards rushing per game; Chicago allows 97 yards.

The difference is that Chicago scores an average of 25.1 points a game and Seattle scores an average of 19.9 points a game. Seattle allows an average of 16.8 points a game and Chicago allows an average of 15.9 points a game. Last week Seattle lost 24-21 to Miami after allowing Miami 17 points in the 4th quarter. Three weeks ago Seattle beat Minnesota 30-20. Last week Chicago beat Minnesota 28-10. Jay Cutler returned from a concussion last week and looked to be fully recovered. Minnesota is not only a mutual opponent but is also nearly identical to Chicago and Seattle with a strong run game and a steady defense.

Therefore a close game makes a lot of sense. Betting this game to go over a 3 point spread would be a risky choice. However, having the home field advantage may provide a boost for the Bears’ offense. Seattle is a terrible 1-5 on the road this season. Chicago is 5-1 at home this season. However, on the road Seattle has lost (or won) by small margins 4, 6, 4, 7, 4 and 3 points. So a spread of 4 or 5 would be even more likely than a 3 point spread.

Against most of the better teams on their schedule, Seattle has not cleared a 38 point total. Chicago has more often gone over 38 points than not; against stronger defenses, the results have been mixed.

Chicago’s RB Matt Forte is questionable for this game with an ankle injury that has been ongoing, likewise star CB Charles Tillman is questionable because he possibly has a chipped bone in his right foot and it is unclear if he can play through it, and LB Lance Briggs left the locker room on Sunday with his foot in a boot. Keep updated on these injuries as they will affect Chicago significantly.

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