49ers game Sunday: 49ers vs. Bears odds and prediction for NFL Week 8 game
By Peter Panacy
The 49ers are in desperate need of a “get right” game, but that’s what could be at play in Week 8 when they visit the lowly Bears.
The San Francisco 49ers are in desperate need of a win after losing four consecutive games, their latest being a sloppy and disjointed 30-18 loss to the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday Night Football to push head coach Kyle Shanahan’s squad to 2-4 on the season.
But for all the grief Shanahan is currently receiving, and deservedly so, it’s pretty safe to say his job is much safer than that of his Week 8 counterpart, Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy, whose team is enduring arguably bigger struggles en route to their own 3-4 start to the year.
It’s anyone’s guess whether or not Shanahan remains committed to veteran quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo after yet another uninspiring performance under center. Or if Shanahan follows suit with what Nagy did earlier this season with rookie quarterback Justin Fields, starting San Francisco’s own high-profile rookie, Trey Lance.
With the 49ers’ 2021 campaign quickly spiraling out of control, Shanahan might not have any other choice but to finally make the switch to Lance.
49ers vs. Bears odds Week 8
Even though the Niners have dropped four in a row and have averaged 16.3 points per game over their last three contests, the oddsmakers over at WynnBET still have Shanahan and Co. as a 4-point favorite for this Week 8 road matchup at Soldier Field.
Perhaps those odds are based on the idea San Francisco’s offense, as disjointed as it has been, is still capable of functioning at a high level when it’s clicking.
The Bears, meanwhile, have scored 17 points combined over their last two matchups, too.
The 49ers’ moneyline for the contest is -105, while the over/under is set at 43.
49ers vs. Bears prediction Week 8
Shanahan needs a “get right” game in the most desperate of ways, and he should be treating this matchup as one of those kinds of bouts anyway. Regardless of which quarterback he decides to employ under center.
Justin Fields has had his own share of first-year struggles, too, and Nagy hasn’t exactly dialed up schemes to put Fields and the Chicago offense into situations worthy of winning games. Even if Lance starts and struggles in this bout, one should probably trust Shanahan’s offense more than that of Nagy.
As hard as that might seem to be right now.
Plus, for whatever the reasons, San Francisco has played noticeably better on the road this season, suggesting it finally gets back to following what the oddsmakers are giving the team in Week 8.
Let’s imagine that scenario panning out, as the 49ers engineer a 21-13 Week 8 victory over Chicago.
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