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Football Gambling - Chicago at Miami

Football gambling handicappers are taking a second look at the Bears after their impressive NFL betting payout last week which put them back on track for a playoff run.
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Football gambling fans are also impressed with the Miami Dolphins again as they too are coming off an impressive win that has them back in the NFL betting playoff race.

The Miami Dolphins will host the Chicago Bears on Thursday Night with a telecast on NFL Network set to begin at 8:20 PM Eastern Time.  Sports-Gambling opened with Miami as a 1.5 point favorite and with an over/under of 39.5.

The Chicago Bears are coming off a big 27-13 home win over the Minnesota Vikings to climb into a first place tie with the Green Bay Packers in the NFC North.  Chicago has a record of 6-3 straight up and 4-4-1 with the NFL gambling odds as 7 of their games have gone under the total.

The Bears are 2-1-1 against the spread on the road and have won both of their games since their bye week.  Defense is the clear strength of the Bears as they rank 2nd in the NFL for points allowed and are living up to their preseason billing as a unit that would return the “Monsters of the Midway” marquee to the team.

The erratic offense ranks 29th overall.  Quarterback Jay Cutler is proving to be as wild as Brett Favre as he is prone to throw critical interceptions.

The Miami Dolphins scored a rather ironic 29-17 home payout over Tennessee last week as Chad Pennington was injured in his first game back as the starting quarterback and the original season starter, Chad Henne, also went down to injury leaving third string quarterback Tyler Thigpen charged with the task of saving the season, which he did in stellar fashion as he was 4-6 for 64 yards with a touchdown.

Thigpen is slated to start in this one against the Bears.  Miami’s offense has struggled most of the season and ranks 26th in scoring while the defense ranks an impressive 8th overall.  Thigpen will need help from the ground attack led by Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams.

Miami now has a football gambling mark of 5-4 straight up and 6-3 against the spread with 5 of their games going under the total.

The Bears have beaten the NFL gambling lines in 4 of their last 5 games as a dog while the Dolphins are 7-3 against the spread versus teams with a winning record.