This Sunday when the Chicago Bears travel to Raymond James Stadium to play the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the odds aren’t in their favor to win. Chicago (3-3) enters as the underdog at +450 on the moneyline compared to -630 for Tampa Bay (5-1) to come out on top. With the Buccaneers a perfect 3-0 at home this season, and outside of putting Tampa Bay on a parlay, it is hard to imagine betting the game lines for either team.
If you’re interested in putting action on the game regardless, here are five prop bets from DraftKings that are worth your while. Use this link HERE to sign up for DraftKings for the latest signup specials, including a deposit bonus of up to $1,000.
1. Tom Brady Over 296.5 passing yards -115*
Currently set at even odds for the 296.5-yard mark at -115, the safe way to go here is with the over. Brady has eclipsed this total four times through six games and has a season-low of just 30 fewer yards with 269 passing yards against New England. What’s more, is that he’s doing it against defenses that are better than the Bears like the Los Angeles Rams (432 yards) and the Dallas Cowboys (379 yards). It’s a low-risk, low-reward wager, but worth a safe bet to help counter the impact of a riskier one.
2. Justin Fields Over 19.5 rushing Yards -115*
Before you roll your eyes, this one feels right. Set at even odds for over and under, the dual-threat ability of Fields looks ready to emerge. Last week against Green Bay, Fields had a career-high 43 rushing yards on six carries, topping his previous mark from Week 2 of 31. In the Buccaneers’ game last week, Tampa Bay allowed Jalen Hurts of the Philadelphia Eagles to rush for 44 yards against them on 10 carries.
Similar teams could yield similar results, especially if Chicago’s head coach Matt Nagy has seen the film from those two games. Fields could and should be able to replicate the ground success of Hurts against the Buccaneers defense, against which Hurts also scored two rushing touchdowns.
3. Justin Fields Anytime Score +240*
The rushing touchdowns for Hurts against Tampa Bay last week are also why the +240 mark for Fields on the anytime score looks attractive. Though he hasn’t rushed for a touchdown since Week 1, the first-round pick out of Ohio State is due for another one. With David Montgomery still out and the projection that Fields will play a bigger part in the running game, this looks ready to cash. The only two rushing touchdowns against Tampa Bay came last week against the Eagles, and both were quarterback runs from Hurts.
4. Darnell Mooney Over 4.5 receptions +100*
Mooney has had a consistent part in the offense so far this season, drawing five or more targets in five of the six games. He’s also caught five or more passes in four of those five games. At +100, taking the over on 4.5 receptions for Mooney is a reasonable wager.
Nearly 30 passes per game against Tampa Bay, with the Eagles as an outlier at just 12 completions last week. To that point, however, even when Fields doesn’t complete a lot of passes himself, Mooney has accounted for around 25% to even 50% of his completions, twice totaling five.
5. Antoine Winfield Jr. Over 4.5 solo tackles +110*
Another safe wager for “plus” money is Buccaneers safety Winfield to hit the over on 4.5 solo tackles. Prior to missing the last two games with a concussion, the second-year safety has recorded five solo tackles in three of his four games this season. At +110, this prop looks good to hit, especially given the juice that a return to the field can provide.
In-Game Bonus: Bears if leading at the half
If you’re looking for an in-game wager, it could be a safe bet to take the moneyline on the Bears if they are leading at the half. Both Chicago and Tampa Bay are undefeated this season when leading at the half, which has occurred for the Bears in each of their three victories this season. While the Buccaneers are expected to be leading at the mid-way mark, Chicago could still have “plus” money despite being up at that time.
*All odds are as of 10/23/21 @4pm CST