Tim Heitman-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire
The 3-1 Chicago Bears will look to keep possession of first place in the NFC North this Sunday against Jacksonville.
Fresh off an impressive showing on Monday Night Football, the Chicago Bears will enter the fifth week of the regular season as 4-point favorites heading into Sunday's game with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
The Bears picked up two key defensive touchdowns to pace Monday's 34-18 victory over the Dallas Cowboys, and are now tied with the surprise Minnesota Vikings for first place in the NFC North while the Detroit Lions and Green Bay Packers continue to struggle. Though Jay Cutler managed to find his No. 1 target Brandon Marshall seven times for 138 yards and one touchdown in the win, Chicago's rushing attack remains inconsistent after four games.
Starter Matt Forte returned to action from an ankle injury after missing Week 3, but was ineffective with just 52 yards on 13 carries. Michael Bush, who leads the team with three rushing touchdowns, also struggled to get going with a meager 29 yards on 10 carries.
Though Jacksonville is in the developmental stage as a franchise and continues to break in young quarterback Blaine Gabbert, Chicago is just 2-3-1 over its last six games on the road against the spread. Monday's big win may have made the Bears an attractive play to many gamblers in Week 5, even though it's important to note that Chicago is only 5-5 over its last 10 games in the month of October.