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Betting Odds: Chicago Bears at Cincinnati Bengals (-2)
- Chicago Bears Moneyline: +110
- Cincinnati Bengals Moneyline: +130
- Over/Under: 35.5
- Kickoff: Aug. 9, 2018 — 7 p.m. ET
Former Chiefs offensive coordinator Matt Nagy has replaced John Fox as the Bears’ coach. Last season’s most pass-averse offense is almost certainly poised to integrate a more modern attack with the additional guidance of former Oregon Ducks coach Mark Helfrich, who is Nagy’s OC.
It’s unlikely that quarterback Mitch Trubisky, last year’s No. 2 overall pick, will play much more than a quarter with new wide receivers Allen Robinson, Taylor Gabriel and Anthony Miller and tight end Trey Burton, but the offense still figures to entertain more than the unit that last season once attempted just seven passes in an entire game.
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2018 will somehow be Andy Dalton’s eighth season as the starting quarterback. Given his familiarity with the team, it wouldn’t be surprising if key players such as wide receiver A.J. Green, tight end Tyler Eifert and running backs Joe Mixon and Giovani Bernard see limited playing time.
But the team needs to find out who Dalton’s No. 2 receiver is following the release of Brandon LaFell, who led the team in wideout snaps last season. Week 17 hero and Buffalo legend Tyler Boyd figures to man the slot, but 2018 first-rounder John Ross has a chance to solidify himself as an explosive weapon opposite Green.