5 Cowboys-Bears Prop Bets & Betting Lines To Back on TNF
A pair of 6-6 teams face off on Thursday Night Football when Mitchell Trubisky and the Chicago Bears play host to Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys.
The Cowboys are a subpar 4-9 against the spread on Thursdays, but the Bears are even worse at 2-8. Let’s take a look at some of the best bets fans of NFL betting should consider:
Cowboys-Bears Best BetsPick Expired
OTHER BETS TO BACK
- Highest-Scoring Quarter | Second +165 (DraftKings)
- Most Punts | Bears +101 (William Hill)
- First Half/Final Results | Cowboys/Cowboys +125 (888sport)
All odds current as of publication but subject to change. Check out the latest Cowboys-Bears odds here.
PICK 1: Cowboys -3
The Cowboys are one of three teams that rank in the top 10 in total offense (first) and total defense (eighth), along with the Ravens and 49ers. The record isn’t where it should be based on the talent, but facing the Bears should help.
Chicago hasn’t beaten a team with playoff relevance since a surprising Week 4 16-6 win over the Vikings, with losses to the Raiders, Saints, Eagles and Rams since. The Bears have covered the spread just once in their last seven games and are averaging 16.7 ppg the last six weeks. They’ll need a big uptick in offense to cover this small spread.
PICK 2: Under 42.5 Points
The Over has hit in four straight matchups between these teams, but that matters little here. The Under hit in five Bears games in a row before the O/U of 37 was just too small on Thanksgiving in a 24-20 win over the Lions.
The Under has hit in the last two Cowboys games and despite having a high-octane offense, five of their games have finished under 43 points.
PICK 3: Highest-Scoring Quarter – 2nd Quarter
The Bears only score average or better in the third quarter, where they average an inexplicable 7.6 ppg (second best). But the second quarter is by far their second-best frame, and it’s the highest-scoring one for the Cowboys. It also ranks as the quarter where Dallas allows the most points and it’s nearly the worst for Chicago. The last several weeks, it has devolved into the worst.
PICK 4: Most Punts -- Bears
Only the Jets have punted more times than the Bears, who kick it away 5.6 times per game. Only the Bills have punted fewer times than the Cowboys, who send out their punter only 2.9 times per game.
Location only pushes it further – Dallas punter Chris Jones averages 3.0 kicks in road games, while Chicago’s Pat O’Donnell’s numbers actually rise to 6.2/game.
PICK 5: First Half/Final Result – Cowboys/Cowboys
Based strictly on talent, the Cowboys have been a big disappointment. But their playoff aspirations are still in their own hands and the Bears can’t match up player for player. Chicago’s 3-3 home record (and 2-4 ATS mark) won’t scare Dallas. The Bears are an amazing third quarter team, but look for the Cowboys to get off to a good start, build a halftime lead and hold on late.
About the Author
NFL writer and expert Adam Thompson joined Bookies.com in 2019 after a successful run as senior handicapper for SportsLine and CBSSports.com. He has consistently produced profitable seasons in NFL and college football and established himself as an elite MLB expert in 2018, hitting 61 percent of his money line picks for a profit of $4,062 to $100 players, ending the season on a 22-4 run including 100 percent on World Series games. Previously the award-winning sports editor of the Green Bay Press-Gazette, Adam spent nearly 20 years covering the NFL, MLB and college football. Now he shares the insight he gained at Bookies.com through well-reasoned picks and thought-provoking articles and on Twitter at @_Adam_Thompson_.