It should come as no big surprise to the betting public that the Birds are the favorite tonight. It's a primetime home game in the month of November, and if you pay attention to such matters, they've been favored it just about every game this year -- even in the midst of a big four-game losing streak.
But -8... that might give even casual Vegas watchers some pause.
The Eagles-Bears line has been creeping up during the week, starting at -6.5 or -7 depending on the source, and finally appears slated to go off at -8. Any time Vegas likes a team by more than a touchdown and an extra point, that's pretty heavily favored by NFL standards.
According to Sportsbook.com's betting trends, that hasn't stopped the public from going Philly. The picks are almost deadlocked, with 51% plunking their cash down on the Birds.
The 4-3 Bears did defeat the Eagles 31-26 in Chicago last season, on a sloppy field where the visiting team could not keep their footing, their number one cornerback being Dimitri Patterson on that day. The Bears always seem to play the Birds tough, but we'll see how it works out at the Linc, against a much-improved squad in 2011.