NFL betting lines handicappers will have an outstanding preseason opener when the Chicago Bears meet the San Diego Chargers in an inter-conference sports betting matchup.
There is plenty of optimism in both camps. For the Chargers, that optimism is well founded as they have won the AFC West Division for the 2nd consecutive year and are one of the big favorites to make the Super Bowl out of the AFC in 2010.
For the Bears it is a different story as they are coming off a bitterly disappointing season in which they went 7-9 straight up and 6-10 against the spread. What made matters worse was that the Bears had high hopes of being in the playoffs last year after trading quarterback Kyle Orton to Denver for Jay Cutler, who was far and away the more talented of the two signal callers. But Cuter struggled with the worst year of his career by throwing 26 interceptions as the Bears ranked 23rd in total offense. Even worse were the Bears rushing attack, which was 29th? As for the defense it was damaged beyond repair when linebacker Brian Urlacher was hurt at the start of the season and missed the schedule.
Potential is the reason why the Bears think that they can get back into post season action in 2010.
Mike Martz was hired as offensive coordinator and has the reputation for having the ability to put together a prolific offensive attack. While there has been media speculation that the quirky Martz and strong willed Cutler would not get along that has not been the case.
The Chargers opened at SBGGlobal.com Sportsbook as a 3-point home favorite with an over/under set for 34.
“I don’t mean any disrespect, but if you knew how silly that was and how easy things are between he and I,” said Martz. “I thoroughly enjoy his company; just enjoy being around him outside the football part of too. He’s a little screwed up in his sense of humor like I am, so we kind of hit it off pretty good I think.”
Cutler says that Martz commands immediate respect in the locker room.
“With the young group we have, like us offensively, I don’t think there is any question he was going to get it,” said Cutler.
“Mike’s fun,” Cutler added. “He’s 24/7 football. It hasn’t been a bad thing meeting with him a lot.”