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NFL Betting: Chicago Bears vs. Carolina Panthers

The 2008 NFL betting season couldn’t have gotten off to a better start for both the Bears and the Panthers who picked up SU road victories as double-digit underdogs.


Now they’ll meet up in this afternoon’s Week 2 football betting affair looking to show its detractors that last weeks efforts weren’t a fluke. Chicago struggled mightily throughout its post Super Bowl season in ‘07, but looked to be a completely different team in Indianapolis Sunday night after knocking the Colts off by a 29-13 final count in brand new Lucas Oil Stadium.

Not many believed the Bears could hang for a full 60 minutes, especially the NFL odds makers, who tabbed them 10-point underdogs in the contest. Da Bears not only covered the NFL betting line with ease, but also rewarded brave NFL betting fans with a fat moneyline payday in its Super Bowl XLI rematch.

Most impressive was the effort put forth by rookie RB Matt Forte who rumbled for 123 yards on 23 attempts. He got the Bears on the scoreboard for the first time after streaking for a 50-yard TD run right after the Colts took a 3-0 lead.

Chicago’s defense produced points as well via a safety and fumble return, and QB Kyle Orton increased his mark to 13-6 as a starter completing 13-of-21 passes for 150 yards. Carolina partook in another shocker late Sunday afternoon.

They hardly seemed phased by the fact that the NFL odds listed them as 10-point road underdogs against the defending AFC West champs. They held a 9-7 lead at the half, and a 19-10 advantage with 10 minutes to go in the game.

Most impressive though was the way the team navigated itself down the field for the winning score after San Diego took its first lead of the game with just two minutes left. QB Jake Delhomme pump faked the Chargers out of their cleats enough to get the ball to leaping TE Dante Rosario for the go ahead score giving pro football moneyline bettors an exhilarating last second victory.

Qualcomm Stadium was silenced, and the Panthers sideline stormed the field victorious. The Panthers currently sit at (–3) –125 home favorites in today’s football betting affair, with the ‘total’ set at 37. Sportsbook offers all NFL Week 2 betting odds be it spread, total, or moneyline, so don’t forget to open an account and get your wagers down before the opening kick.