The current line as of posting for the Bears/Cardinals tilt is Bears -11. I hear that line has been flucuating a good bit. Here is an aritcle listing 5 reasons why you should expect the Bears to cover the spread.
Arizona's Antrel Rolle isn't much of a cornerback.
In fact, he just about had to rip Larry Johnson's head off last week (remember that vicious facemask?) just to stop the Kansas City running back from picking up a huge gain on a screen pass.
Now he's being asked to cover Bernard `the Burner' Berrian, the Chicago wide receiver who leads the league with five catches of 40 yards or more and four touchdowns. It's going to be tough for Rolle just to keep pace with the speedy Berrian. If he does, the officials will be tossing the flag if he so much as lays a finger on Berrian after the stunt he pulled against the Chiefs last week.
Any way you cut it, that means strong field position for Chicago and you don't want to let this offense anywhere near your paydirt. The Bears have converted on seven of their last 11 trips to the red zone.
4. Bears D-line boosted, Cards O-line wounded
The only way you could make Chicago's defensive front any more dominant is to put a tank on the field.
That's exactly what the Bears have done, naming Tank Johnson their starting defensive tackle after his stellar fill-in job for Ian Scott last Sunday. Johnson was credited with two quarterback hurries in last week's dismantling of Buffalo and was flawless on his assignments.
Naming Johnson as the starter not only upgrades what was already the NFL's best D-line, but also gives it incredible depth.
"The biggest thing is you look at it as what does it do for us in terms of rotation," defensive coordinator Ron Rivera told the Chicago Sun-Times. "It starts a guy out and keeps the rotation going."
Meanwhile, the Cardinals are busy trying to patch up their porous offensive line. Nick Leckey is expected to replace the struggling Alex Stepanovich as the starting center, while Chris Liwiensk gets the nod in place of injured right guard Milford Brown.