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NFL odds: Bears vs. Raiders Week 5 prediction, odds, pick, and more

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The Las Vegas Raiders look to bounce back as they host the Chicago Bears on Sunday. It’s time to continue our NFL odds series and make a Bears-Raiders prediction and pick.

It is Justin Fields time in Chicago. Head coach Matt Nagy informed the media that Fields will take over starting duties on a full-time basis. Fields got his first win over the Detroit Lions last Sunday. While he didn’t put up great stats, he showed off his dynamic arm on a number of plays. Still, the Bears have a long way to go to get to where they want to be. They’ll face the Raiders who are coming off a loss to the Los Angeles Chargers. The Raiders’ defense looked vulnerable in the loss, which is a good sign for Fields and the Bears’ offense.

The Raiders return to Vegas where they are 2-0 on the year. They didn’t play great on the road in LA even though it felt like a home game for them. Derek Carr didn’t show up in the first half, but in the third quarter, he proved why he’s an elite quarterback in this league. Carr and the Raiders’ offense will have another test against the Bears. They will need to quickly move on from the loss and focus on getting back into the win column in a tough AFC West.

Here’s how the bookmakers have set the lines for Sunday’s matchup.

NFL Odds: Bears-Raiders Odds

Chicago Bears +5 1/2 (-110)

Las Vegas Raiders -5 1/2 (-110)

Over 44 points (-110)

Under 44 points (-110)

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Why The Bears Could Cover

The Bears can cover this game if they shut down Carr and the Raiders’ offense. It’s going to be on Fields to play better and get to the level where we all know he can play at, but the defense will need to control this game. Allen Robinson is due for a breakout game, and that could happen this week as the Raiders will be without starters in the secondary. If Fields and Robinson can find that connection, this game will be close in the fourth quarter.

Khalil Mack and Akiem Hicks didn’t practice on Wednesday. Those are crucial players for the Bears, and they will need them to suit up to improve their chances. Chicago scored 24 against the Lions last week and should have had even more given the big passing plays and a dominant ground game. With the Vegas defense banged up, they should have no problem finding the end zone, though the absence of David Montgomery is tough.

Why The Raiders Could Cover

Despite the 3-1 record, the Raiders are one of the more banged-up teams at this point in the season. They are dealing with injuries at every position besides quarterback, but most of them should be back soon. Once Josh Jacobs returns to full strength, that really changes the way this offense rolls. He scored twice in Week 1 as the offense looked very good against a solid Ravens defense.

Las Vegas can cover this game if it can get back to the way things were before the loss against the Chargers. The Raiders are an improved team and can beat anyone if they play at their best. They’ve beaten three good defenses in Baltimore, Pittsburgh, and Miami, so the Bears shouldn’t be anything new to them. Carr needs to continue to throw the rock as he is currently the NFL’s passing leader through Week 4.

Final Bears-Raiders Prediction & Pick

The Raiders and Bears are both 2-2 against the spread so far this year. That makes it a little difficult to choose, so going with what looks to be the better team is the smart choice. Jon Gruden seems to finally get this team to where he wants it, and it’s going to be exciting to see if he keeps it up. The Raiders should win this game by at least a touchdown. With injuries on both defenses, a high-scoring game could be in the making. I believe Fields will continue to improve, but it won’t be enough to hold off the Raiders in Las Vegas.

Final Pick: Raiders (-5 1/2) & Over (44)