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NFL Betting: Chicago Bears vs. Indianapolis Colts

The beginning of the NFL betting regular season kicks off tonight when the Chicago Bears invade Lucas Oil Stadium to take on the Indianapolis Colts.

In this Week 1 football betting clash; kick-off is scheduled for 8:15 ET on NBC. The Bears struggled through its post Super Bowl season a year ago (7-9 SU & ATS), and went into their pre-season with a number of unknowns on both sides of the ball. Would LB Brian Urlacher’s off-season neck surgery affect his play on the field?

Can SS Mike Brown stay healthy and help the Bears defense contain the run after it was gouged a season ago? Who will lead the offense into battle with every passing week? Urlacher says he feels fine, as does Brown, for now, and head coach Lovie Smith elected to go with Purdue product Kyle Orton as his starting quarterback.

NFL betting fans paid dearly backing Chicago per the closing NFL lines in the pre-season, as it failed in its first three games as favorites before finally picking up a pointspread victory as a road underdog with an outright win at Cleveland last Thursday night.

Indianapolis fans and pro football betting followers watched as the Colts partook in its pre-season schedule without the services of good ‘ol #18 who decided to have knee surgery just weeks before camp opened.

Many questioned the timing of the surgery, but the former MVP says he’ll be ready to partake in the first ever regular season game to be played in the brand new Lucas Oil Stadium. With head coach Tony Dungy’s club already proving its worth with a number of division titles over the years, his club took it easy throughout the pre-season.

They closed their exhibition season up with a 1-4 SU mark, but did go 2-3 versus the NFL pointspread with a nice outright victory over the Atlanta Falcons as three-point underdogs. Indianapolis finished 12-4 to win the AFC South a year ago, but was upset 28-24 by San Diego at home in the divisional playoffs.

The Colts currently sit as 10-point home favorites in tonight’s football betting affair, with the ‘total’ set at 44. Sportsbook offers all NFL Week 1 betting odds be it spread, total, or moneylines, so don’t forget to open an account and get your wagers down before tonight’s opening kick.