Denver Broncos (9-7; 9-7 ATS: 7-9 O/U) vs. Chicago Bears (3-13; 7-9 ATS; 8-8 O/U)
NFL Preseason: Thursday, August 10, 2017 at 8:00pm EST
Line: Chicago PK
The Denver Broncos will head to Chicago to take on the Bears in week one preseason action Thursday night from Solider Field. The Broncos posted a 2-2 record in preseason play last year, and the Bears went 1-3. Denver defeated the Bears by a 22-0 score in last year’s preseason opener.
Siemian Battles Lynch for Starting QB Role
The Denver Broncos head into training camp and preseason with a healthy competition for the starting quarterback role between Trevor Siemian and Paxton Lynch. Siemian saw a majority of the playing time last season and accumulated over 3400 passing yards with an 18:10 TD to INT ratio, while Lynch threw two TD’s with one pick in his three games. Many anticipate Lynch could have the edge however the better performer in preseason play will likely win the job. Siemian reportedly looked shaky in a few training camp sessions and it will be interesting to watch these two young quarterbacks battle for the job. The starting QB will have a strong offensive line as Denver beefed up their line by signing Ron Leary from the Cowboys and used their first round draft pick on Garett Bolles. The Broncos feature a deep running game led by C.J. Anderson and Jamaal Charles. Second-year running back Devontae Booker is injured and will not play in the preseason. Denver’s greatest strength will be their vaunted defense again this season led by Von Miller and Aqib Talib. The Broncos drafted defensive end DeMarcus Walker who is expected to step right in.
Last season, the Broncos averaged 20.8 points per game, ranking them 22nd in the NFL. The Denver defense was outstanding last season, allowing an average of only 18.6 points per game, good for fourth in the NFL.
Glennon Lands Starting QB Job
The Chicago Bears are in a full rebuild this season and it could be another long year Bears fans. Jay Cutler is out and Mike Glennon will take over as the team’s starting quarterback. Glennon had his best season in 2013 with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, accumulating 2608 passing yards with a solid 19:9 TD to INT ratio in 13 games. The 27-year old quarterback has not played much since, and only attempted 11 passes all of last season. The Bears also lost top wide receiver Alshon Jeffrey who was their biggest offensive threat which means Kevin White and Cameron Meredith will need to step up. Glennon and Meredith have appeared to develop a nice chemistry early in training camp. Meredith tallied 888 receiving yards last year and could be poised for a big year. The Bears drafted Mitchell Trubisky with their second overall pick in the 2017 draft however he is currently pegged as the number three quarterback to start the season. Trubisky had trouble taking snaps early in training camp and could be a work in progress. Bears backup QB Mark Sanchez will likely see playing time in this one.
The Bears only averaged 17.4 points per game in 2016, ranking them down at 28th overall. The Chicago defense was subpar last season, conceding an average of 24.9 points per game, placing them 24th in the NFL.
The Denver Broncos are:
- 8-2 ATS in their last 10 Thursday games.
The Chicago Bears are:
- 1-5 ATS in their last 6 Thursday games.
I am taking the Broncos in this matchup. Trevor Siemian and Paxton Lynch are in a fierce battle for the starting quarterback role and I expect to see a highly competitive effort. I also like the Broncos depth at running back featuring C.J. Anderson and Jamaal Charles, and the Bears had trouble stopping the run last season. Mike Glennon is a big question mark at quarterback for Chicago and rookie QB Mitchell Trubisky has not looked good in training camp. The Broncos feature a ton of depth defensively and they should take this one easily.