[1:00 PM] Jaguars @ Bears

Who will WIN this matchup?

Jacksonville Jaguars (1-3)

@ Chicago Bears (1-4)


Current odds:

Jacksonville Jaguars: (+105)

Chicago Bears: (-125)


ESPN simulations have Chicago as XX% favorites to cover the spread.

XX% of sports bets are currently on Jacksonville to win as (TBD) underdogs.

The line for this game is Bears by 2 points.

Brian Hoyer will make his fourth straight start as the Chicago Bears host the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday with both teams searching for their second win of the season. Hoyer, who replaced Jay Cutler after the veteran signal-caller suffered a thumb injury, has been superb in notching three straight 300-yard passing games without an interception but the Bears are still off to their worst start since 2005.

Jacksonville changed its blocking scheme last game and it paid immediate dividends as the Jaguars ran for 136 yards against the Colts, which was nearly as much as it mustered in its first three games. That also took a lot of the onus off quarterback Blake Bortles, who is tied for second in the NFL in touchdown passes since the start of last season but continues to be dogged with turnovers, throwing six picks already this season. Jacksonville, however, didn’t turn the ball over at all against Indianapolis and hopes that a mistake-free run against four teams with a combined 9-10 record over the next month will vault the Jaguars back in the playoff race in the weak AFC South Division.

Hoyer’s targets are once again a question as tight end Zach Miller (ribs) and wide receivers Alshon Jeffrey (hamstring) and Eddie Royal (calf) all missed practice time during the week. Hoyer was a turnover machine last season, losing his job at Houston after throwing seven interceptions and losing six fumbles in nine starts. Defensively, linebacker Danny Trevathan, who was one of Chicago’s top free-agent signings during the offseason after he won a Super Bowl title with the Denver Broncos, looks to make an impact in his second game back since suffering a thumb injury. Chicago ranks in the middle of the league in most defensive categories but has seven sacks in its last two outings.

Jacksonville TE Julius Thomas, who missed last game with an elbow injury, is expected to start and his backup Marcedes Lewis (hip) is also expected to play.

Jaguars WR Allen Robinson has 21 receptions on the season and has scored 15 touchdowns in his last 16 games.

Chicago won the last meeting at Soldier Field 41-3 in 2012.


StreakSmarts Pick: Jacksonville Jaguars

Confidence: 5/10

StreakSmarter Pick