We’re kicking off NFL Week 10 in style with our best bets and player props for Thursday Night Football which features a pretty cool match-up between the Carolina Panthers and Chicago Bears. On the surface, and if you’re just looking at record, there’s not a whole lot to be impressed with, but if you dive into the narrative between these two teams, we’ve got a real spirited battle coming our way. First and foremost, let’s not forget the trade between these two teams back in late March which gave the Panthers the No. 1 pick and allowed them to draft Bryce Young, their franchise quarterback. In that deal, the Bears added wide receiver DJ Moore, so you know there’s a little revenge factor in there for hm, even if it’s Tyson Bagent under center and not Justin Fields. Still, both teams want to prove to the other that they came out on top, so while some might thing this is just another lousy Thursday night game, I believe we see some fireworks.



NFL Thursday Night Football Best Bets: Carolina Panthers vs Chicago Bears

The Spread: Bears -3.5

We’ve got a 2-7 Bears team playing without its starting quarterback facing a 1-7 team that is still just trying to find its way with their rookie quarterback. Doesn’t exactly scream “Let’s lock into this game,” does it? But from a betting standpoint, we like a lot of what we see. The Bears offense has had its moments and rookie Tyson Bagent has been serviceable under center. They should be getting back Khalil Herbert giving them a strong three-headed monster in the backfield going up against one of the softest run defenses in the league. On the other side, you’ve got a rookie in Bryce Young being helped by veteran receiver Adam Thielen and a decent passing attack going up against one of the weakest secondaries in the NFL. Neither team has been good against the spread this year – Bears are 3-5-1 while the Panthers are just 1-6-1 – so there is no trend for us to really follow. I think this one stays fairly close given how neither defense is really going to shut down the opposition and when there’s an extra half-point in play for me, I want to be on the side that’s getting points. Pick: Panthers +3.5 (-110)

The Total: 38.5

The under is 5-4 on Thursday Night Football this season, so again, there’s really not a great trend to follow like we get on Monday nights right now. The under is 5-3 for Panthers games this season and 3-6 for Bears games. It’s real easy to say that with these two struggling teams and struggling offenses that we shouldn’t expect a bunch of points in this one, but I believe these defenses are not only weak enough to watch points get scored, but each teams defensive shortcomings match up perfectly with each offense’s strengths. There are playmakers on both sides of the coin here, so I’m going to lean towards this game total being a little too low for me. Maybe something like a 23-20 game perhaps. Pick: Over 38.5 (-110)

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