The Miami Dolphins and Chicago Bears haven't hit the gridiron yet this year, but will get the ball rolling this weekend. The two teams will face off in an interconference preseason matchup on Saturday to begin a massive 10-game slate. Miami is looking to take a step forward to make the playoffs for the first time since 2016, while Chicago hopes to figure out its quarterback dilemma between Andy Dalton and Justin Fields.
Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. ET at Soldier Field. Chicago is a 3.5-point favorite in the latest Bears vs. Dolphins odds from Caesars Sportsbook, while the over-under for total points is 37. Before locking in any Dolphins vs. Bears picks of your own, make sure to check out he NFL predictions and betting advice from SportsLine's R.J. White.
White, a CBS Sports fantasy and gambling editor, ended the 2020 season on an 80-59 run on all NFL picks, returning more than $1,400 during that span. It's no surprise, as White has cashed huge twice in the world's most prestigious football handicapping competition, the Las Vegas SuperContest. He's also 32-23-1 on picks involving the Bears, and anyone who has followed him is way up.
Now, White has examined Saturday's Dolphins vs. Bears game from every angle and recently released his expert NFL picks and analysis. You can visit SportsLine now to get his NFL picks. Here are several NFL odds and betting trends for Dolphins vs. Bears:
- Dolphins vs. Bears spread: Bears -3.5
- Dolphins vs. Bears over-under: 37 points
- Dolphins vs. Bears money line: Bears -175, Dolphins +155
- MIA: Dolphins were 11- 5 against the spread last season
- CHI: Bears were 8-8 against the spread last season
Why the Dolphins can cover
The Dolphins are 3-1 in preseason games during the Brian Flores era, which gives them a chance to cover the spread as road underdogs. Miami's preseason success carried over into the regular season last year, as only the Buffalo Bills could match the Dolphins' 11-5 record against the spread in 2020.
Miami led the league in takeaways with 29 and has an elite secondary led by a tandem of star cornerbacks. The Bears don't have a dependable signal-caller at this point, so putting up enough points to win could be difficult.
Why the Bears can cover
The Bears have long been a solid defensive team because of their ability to win battles in the trenches. Mucking the game up could tip the scales in favor of the home team. Few players generate pressure like Khalil Mack, and both teams have middling offenses.
Nagy hasn't been able to rack up wins in Chicago, but he is 4-5 against the spread in his last nine preseason games. Preseason games usually aren't shootouts, and home-field advantage could help the Bears edge out the team that's more talented on paper.
How to make Dolphins vs. Bears picks
White has analyzed this matchup from all angles, and we can tell you he's leaning under on the point total. He has also discovered a critical X-factor that has him jumping all over one side of the spread. You can only get this and the rest of White's expert NFL picks at SportsLine.
Who wins Dolphins vs. Bears? And which critical X-factor makes one side of the spread a must back? Visit SportsLine now to see R.J. White's Dolphins vs. Bears picks, all from the NFL expert on a 32-23-1 roll on picks involving Chicago, and find out.