The Chicago Bears (8-4) split two games without starting quarterback Mitchell Trubisky and hope to have him back under center when they host the NFC West champion Los Angeles Rams (11-1) in the Week 14 Sunday night matchup.
The NFC North-leading Bears are listed as three-point underdogs on the NFL Week 14 odds versus the Rams at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com and lost their only game at home this season against the defending AFC champion New England Patriots 38-31 as two-point dogs back in Week 7.
Chicago is 5-1 both straight up and against the spread in six games at Soldier Field, according to the OddsShark NFL Database, while Los Angeles is 5-1 SU and 3-3 ATS on the road. The lone loss for the Rams this year came to the NFC South-leading New Orleans Saints as two-point road favorites at the Superdome in Week 9. The Bears have won five of the past six meetings in the series SU, and they are coming off a 30-27 overtime loss to the New York Giants as 3.5-point road favorites last Sunday.
Trubisky has been dealing with a shoulder injury with Chase Daniel filling in the last two weeks.
Earlier on Sunday, the Giants (4-8) will visit the Washington Redskins (6-6) who are down to third-string quarterback Mark Sanchez after they lost their second straight starter to a broken leg in Colt McCoy. New York is a 3.5-point road favorite at Washington and will be looking to avenge a 20-13 home loss in the first meeting in Week 8. The Redskins have gone 4-1 ATS in their last five home games, but they are just 3-8 SU and ATS in their last 11 games against divisional opponents.
The Saints (10-2) are even bigger road favorites as they visit the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-7) in another divisional game on Sunday. New Orleans owns a four-game lead over the Carolina Panthers (6-6) in the NFC South, and they are 10-4 SU in the previous 14 meetings with Tampa Bay. The Saints are also 6-1 ATS in their last seven road games, although the Buccaneers have covered four in a row as home dogs.
In the AFC, there are three more key matchups involving division leaders that will take place early on Sunday. The AFC West-leading Kansas City Chiefs (9-2) are 6.5-point home favorites hosting the Baltimore Ravens (7-5) in a potential playoff preview. Baltimore has won the past three road meetings with Kansas City by an average of 12 points, and the visiting team is 7-1 SU and 6-2 ATS in the last eight in the series.
The AFC South-leading Houston Texans (9-3) will be going for their 10th consecutive victory when they host the Indianapolis Colts (6-6) as 4.5-point home favorites. The Colts saw their five-game winning streak snapped last week, but they have gone 4-1 SU and 4-0-1 ATS in the past five road meetings with the Texans.
Houston won 37-34 in overtime at Indianapolis back in Week 4 despite a season-high 464 passing yards from Indianapolis quarterback Andrew Luck, who had thrown at least one touchdown pass in every game this season until last Sunday’s 6-0 road loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars.
The AFC East-leading New England Patriots (9-3) are fighting the Chiefs and Texans for one of the top two seeds in the conference and visit the Miami Dolphins (6-6) as 7.5-point road favorites. The Patriots are 4-1 SU and ATS in the past five meetings with the Dolphins but 1-4 SU and ATS in the last five games between the teams on the road.
In fact, the visiting team is on a dismal 1-11 SU and ATS run in this divisional series.