Bears vs. Colts Preseason Odds: Breaking Player News Moving Spread, Over/Under

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Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Chicago Bears outside linebacker Khalil Mack

  • The Chicago Bears and Indianapolis Colts are unlikely to play their starters in Saturday's (7 p.m. ET) NFL preseason Week 3 matchup..
  • We examine the effect of this breaking player news on the Bears vs. Colts spread and over/under.

NFL betting odds can move for a myriad of reasons. Sharp and/or lopsided money, injuries and weather are among the most common.

In the NFL preseason, player news has a major effect on how lines move from open to close.

A great example of this is Saturday’s preseason Week 3 matchup between the Chicago Bears and Indianapolis Colts.

The Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook opened Indy as a 3-point favorite in this matchup and moved that number as high as -4 as recently as 12:25 p.m. ET Wednesday.

Week 3 of the NFL preseason is traditionally considered a “dress rehearsal” in which starters play most of the first half, and even into the third quarter, to prepare for the start of the regular season.

However, both head coaches, Frank Reich and Matt Nagy, have reportedly decided against playing their respective starters much in this game.

Unsurprisingly, the spread quickly moved from Colts -4 to -2 in what will likely be a battle of backups and players trying to make each team.

The bottom also dropped out of the over/under, which has fallen from an opener of 41 to 38.

According to The Action Network’s NFL betting data, spread action is basically split with 51% of bettors on the Bears. Tickets wagered on the total are much more one sided, as 92% of bets have fallen on the under at the time of writing.