Bears are rare road favorite at Denver in Broncos' home opener


Faith and confidence in the Chicago Bears may be waning among fans and NFL analysts after their disappointing loss to the Green Bay Packers in Week 1, but that doesn't mean all trust in Matt Nagy and Mitch Trubisky has evaporated.

Just take a look at the point spread for Sunday's Week 2 matchup against the Broncos. Chicago is a three-point road favorite, which may seem logical after Denver's embarrassing Week 1 loss to the Raiders on Monday Night Football. But this is actually a pretty surprising line.

Over the last 30 years, Denver has been an underdog in their home opener just two other times. In 2002, they were a three-point underdog to the Rams, and in 2016, Denver was a three-point underdog to the Panthers. The Broncos lost to the Rams, 23-16, but defeated the Panthers, 21-20.

What does all of this mean for Chicago's chances Sunday? Not much, especially if Trubisky can't rally the offense to enough points to open a sizeable lead. The Bears defense should do its part limiting Joe Flacco and the Broncos, but until Chicago's offense proves it can do its part, there's no point spread that feels like a lock right now.

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