The matchup between the Chicago Bears and the St. Louis Rams at Soldier Field on Sunday looks a lot more even in the wake of Chicago's disastrous loss to the Packers last week. People who set the odds must not have received the memo, because the Bears are clinging to a sizable spread as 9-point favorites.
Chicago opened as 10-point favorites, and a few sports books have moved the line to mere touchdown in favor of Chicago. In a sign that the world truly has changed, most of the betting action favors Jeff Fisher's Rams to beat the spread this week.
For good reason, St. Louis is 2-0 against the spread this year. Prior to covering the spread against Detroit in Week 1, the Rams had a 1-9 record against the spread in their previous 10 road games.
The Bears are 1-1 against the spread this year.
The over/under on the game is just 43 points, and most bettors are taking the over for this one. It's a clear sign that people are increasingly confident in the Rams' ability to score points this season.
Overs, unders, covering the spread ... all that's nice, but Rams fans just want the win, and a road win against the Bears would be a real nice feather for their cap, not to mention the first time the team has had a winning record since 2006.