Steelers Open As 7.5-Point Road Favorites Over Bears In Week 3


The Pittsburgh Steelers are now 2-0 following their 26-9 Sunday home win over the Minnesota Vikings and next up for them is a road game against the Chicago Bears, who enter Week 3 with an 0-2 record. Even though the Steelers don’t have a great history when it comes to playing the Bears in Chicago, they open the week as 7.5-point road favorites just the same, according to Vegas Insider.

The Bears first two games of the 2017 regular season resulted in them losing 23-17 to the Atlanta Falcons at home in Week 1 and then getting drubbed 29-7 by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on the road Sunday.

In their Sunday loss to the Buccaneers, Bears quarterback Mike Glennon, who signed a three year, $45 million free agent contract with Chicago this past March, completed 31 of his 45 pass attempts in the game for 301 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions. The Bears also only managed 20 yards rushing on 16 carries against the Buccaneers defense. In addition to Glennon’s two interceptions, the quarterback also fumbled once during his lone sack.

While Glennon’s career in Chicago certainly isn’t off to a great start, he’s had better games and one them came against the Steelers a few years ago. In Week 4 of the 2014 NFL season, Glennon started in place of an injured Josh McNown against the Steelers at Heinz Field and while he only completed 21 of his 42 pass attempts in that game, he threw for 302 yards with two touchdowns and an interception.

That game also included Glennon engineering a five play, 46-yard game-winning touchdown drive late in the fourth quarter that culminated with him throwing a 5-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Vincent Jackson with seven seconds left in the game. The Buccaneers won that game 27-24 even though the Steelers were favored by 7.5-points. The Buccaneers entered that game against the Steelers with an 0-3 record and after beating Pittsburgh, they went on to win just one more game the rest of the season.


As previously mentioned, the Steelers past trips to Chicago have mostly resulted in losses. In fact, the Pittsburgh franchise is 1-11 against the Bears in Chicago dating back to 1936. The Steelers lone win in the Windy City came way back in 1995 when they beat the Bears 37-34 in overtime. Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin has also not yet beaten the Bears as his teams are 0-2 in the two games played against Chicago since he was hired in 2007. Additionally, the Steelers have had their fair share of losses to teams with losing records since Tomlin took over as head coach.

Pardon the pun, but the Bears are a very wounded animal right now and Glennon is likely playing right now as if every game is his last as a starter being as his backup is Mitchell Trubisky, who Chicago selected second overall in this year’s draft. Bears head coach John Fox said Sunday after his team’s loss that Glennon is still the team’s starter moving forward into Week 3.

“I think after two games it’s really hard to evaluate somebody. …” Fox said. “But the truth of the matter is that right now, that’s the case. We’re playing arguably one of the better teams we’re going to play this year at home. We’re going to do everything in our power to look a little bit like we did in Week 1 than in Week 2. It gives us a chance.”

As far as the health of the Bears goes entering Week 3, they reportedly lost linebacker Nick Kwiatkoski in the first half of their game against the Buccaneers to a pectoral injury. Starting left guard Tom Compton also left that game for good in the second quarter with a hip problem and starting right guard Josh Sitton didn’t finish the game due to a rib injury.

It will be interesting see if the Bears will also be able to get wide receiver Markus Wheaton back on the field Sunday against the Steelers. Wheaton, who was originally drafted by the Steelers, signed a free agent contract with the Bears this past offseason. Wheaton has been sidelined since undergoing surgery to repair a broken left pinky that he suffered during an August practice. That injury happened just after he had returned from an appendectomy that kept him sidelined for nearly two full weeks.

  • pittfan

    I’ll give the points again!

  • Nolrog

    This game troubles me. Next week is the Rats and Tomlin hasn’t S the bed yet. This game has trap written all over it.

  • Michael Mosgrove

    a game that we should win handily against a bad team? so we’ll be 2-1 when we face the ratbirds huh.

  • VaDave

    More negative waves… lol!!! It’s going to be a good game, and little closer that last week but if we play well, the Bears have no chance.

  • Nolrog

    If by negative, you mean realistic, then yes, I’m being realistic.

  • AndreH

    I hope 3-0…these are the teams we should beat.

  • Nolrog

    I hope so too.

  • Michael Mosgrove

    bears havent got a win yet. which means that we will be unprepared when we face them. as the article states tomlin and pitt isnt good vs the bears and tomlin is bad vs bad teams.

  • StrengthOfVictory

    If the Steelers had blown out the Vikings easily, I might be more worried. But I think the offense especially would really like to get going…get into a rhythm. They, I imagine, are aware that they aren’t quite there yet, so I don’t think that overconfidence is a problem at this point.

  • nutty32

    Do remember that 95 game. Curtis Conway hung Erik Kramer out to dry by short-arming a couple balls leading to picks. Neil O’Donnel stepped up big time in pulling out a big OT win with Chan Gailey’s 5-wide new emphasis at a crucial point in the season when all things didn’t seem that rosy for the team & the season on the brink.
    We do have trouble in Chicago, always. The Bears were only a couple plays away from upsetting the Falcons in Wk 1. John Fox is an awesome D coach and hard to blow out. I’ll take he Steelers to cover the 7.5, but taking the under.

  • 太阳三联

    We should really bully this defense. Don’t see them matching up well with us and I think this may be the breakout game for Bell.

  • FATCAT716

    Negative Nancy

  • barry foster

    No chance at all, the bears only have a run game and I love the way the steelers are stoping the run this year.

  • VaDave

    It realistic we will not win every game this year. This is not going to be one of the losses. While you may understand these are not exactly the 1985 Bears, your throught that we are incapable of winning this game due to ineptitude borderers on unreality.

  • WilliamSekinger

    Exactly my thinking. Hard to consider this a trap game when your offense really hasn’t been on point yet this year.

  • WilliamSekinger

    Can’t be a trap game when the Steelers aren’t a significantly better team than the Bears.

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    Man, wouldn’t it have been nice to draft Tarik Cohen instead of Holba this year! Yeah yeah, I know! Too soon!

  • Bradys_Dad

    I’ll give ya the points – just have a feeling. A bag of peanut M&Ms ? Plain if you prefer.

  • Bradys_Dad

    Rip that band-aide off !!!!! It’s never too soon.

  • Michael Mosgrove

    i prefer the title of factual frank.

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    Man, I’m totally not mad at our draft, but that was just glaring. Also another thing, but I don’t want to talk about the other pick I didn’t care for.

  • pcantidote

    I don’t think so. I smell a 5-0 start going into the KC game. Wouldn’t that be nice?

  • pcantidote

    and the Bears appear to have just lost their two starting guards, which cannot be good for their running game.

  • Michael Mosgrove

    it would be fantastic. but i just dont see it happening.

  • Chris92021

    Last time the Steelers were favored by 7.5 on the road against a team with a losing record was last season against Miami when Jay Ajayi introduced himself to Jarvis Jones and the rest of the sorry defense. Considering the Steelers are 1-10 all time in Chicago and how lackadaisical Big Ben plays on the road compared to home, we are ripe for an upset. Mike Tomlin, please shut up people like Colin Cowherd who want to say you are not a good head coach by getting your players in position to blow out bad teams like the Bears.

  • Josh Gustad

    Steelers fans really are starting to annoy me with their negativity.

  • Bradys_Dad

    Definitely – I keep thinking what we could have had at #4 – not a Dobbs hater or anything but really ????? #4 ?????

  • Rocksolid20

    Is that our 30 points per game offense , you refer too ?

  • Nolrog

    You are putting words in my mouth. I never said we were incapable, I said “This game troubles me”.

    It is a fact that Tomlin always pulls a bad loss out of his “ear”. . . don’t believe me, here’s the record:

    2009, Week 11: 6-3 Steelers lose to 2-7 Kansas City Chiefs , 27-24. Line: Steelers -11.5
    2009, Week 13: 6-5 Steelers lose to 3-8 Oakland Raiders , 27-24. Line: Steelers -15.0
    2009, Week 14: 6-6 Steelers lose to 1-11 Cleveland Browns , 13-6. Line: Steelers -10.0
    2012, Week 3: 1-1 Steelers lose to 0-2 Raiders, 34-31. Line: Steelers -4.0
    2012, Week 6: 2-2 Steelers lose to 1-4 Tennessee Titans , 26-23. Line: Steelers -6.5
    2012, Week 12: 6-4 Steelers lose to 2-8 Browns, 20-14. Line: Steelers -2.0
    2012, Week 14: 7-4 Steelers lose to 4-8 San Diego Chargers , 34-24. Line: Steelers -7.5
    2013, Week 4: 0-3 Steelers lose to 0-3 Minnesota Vikings , 34-27. Line: Steelers -3.0
    2013, Week 8: 2-4 Steelers lose to 2-4 Raiders, 21-18. Line: Steelers -2.5
    2014, Week 4: 2-1 Steelers lose to 0-3 Tampa Bay Buccaneers , 27-24. Line: Steelers -7.5
    2014, Week 10: 6-3 Steelers lose to 1-8 New York Jets , 20-13. Line: Steelers -4.0
    2014, Week 13: 7-4 Steelers lose to the 4-7 New Orleans Saints , 35-32. Line: Steelers -3.5
    2015, Week 16: 9-5 Steelers lose to the 4-10 Baltimore Ravens , 20-10. Line: Steelers -10.0
    2016, Week 6: 4-1 Steelers lose to the 1-4 Dolphins, 30-15. Line: Steelers -7.0

    . . . .and this game fits the classic trap definition.

    So, yes, “This game troubles me”.

  • Josh Gustad

    From wishing injury on Bell for not signing long term to being mad at Tuitt for getting hurt the day after the extension. I just ask that thought goes into forming an opinion rather than spewing out the first negative thought that comes to your head.

  • Nolrog

    There is never no chance at all. Any given sunday.

  • Nolrog

    Yeah, that’s the exact definition of a trap game.

  • Nolrog

    Yeah, still no negativity there at all. I said “This game troubles me.” How is that remotely fracking negative? Oh and by the way:

    2009, Week 11: 6-3 Steelers lose to 2-7 Kansas City Chiefs , 27-24. Line: Steelers -11.5
    2009, Week 13: 6-5 Steelers lose to 3-8 Oakland Raiders , 27-24. Line: Steelers -15.0
    2009, Week 14: 6-6 Steelers lose to 1-11 Cleveland Browns , 13-6. Line: Steelers -10.0
    2012, Week 3: 1-1 Steelers lose to 0-2 Raiders, 34-31. Line: Steelers -4.0
    2012, Week 6: 2-2 Steelers lose to 1-4 Tennessee Titans , 26-23. Line: Steelers -6.5
    2012, Week 12: 6-4 Steelers lose to 2-8 Browns, 20-14. Line: Steelers -2.0
    2012, Week 14: 7-4 Steelers lose to 4-8 San Diego Chargers , 34-24. Line: Steelers -7.5
    2013, Week 4: 0-3 Steelers lose to 0-3 Minnesota Vikings , 34-27. Line: Steelers -3.0
    2013, Week 8: 2-4 Steelers lose to 2-4 Raiders, 21-18. Line: Steelers -2.5
    2014, Week 4: 2-1 Steelers lose to 0-3 Tampa Bay Buccaneers , 27-24. Line: Steelers -7.5
    2014, Week 10: 6-3 Steelers lose to 1-8 New York Jets , 20-13. Line: Steelers -4.0
    2014, Week 13: 7-4 Steelers lose to the 4-7 New Orleans Saints , 35-32. Line: Steelers -3.5
    2015, Week 16: 9-5 Steelers lose to the 4-10 Baltimore Ravens , 20-10. Line: Steelers -10.0
    2016, Week 6: 4-1 Steelers lose to the 1-4 Dolphins, 30-15. Line: Steelers -7.0

  • Josh Gustad

    Because there is no reason for this game to trouble you. Did you watch the Bears last week? Sure you need to take every game serious, but of all 16 games on the schedule, this one shouldn’t trouble you lol

  • Nolrog

    This one troubles me for many reasons. 1) Tomlin’s records against teams he should beat easly is terrible (see above, though it’s been well documented and discussed here). 2) The Bears are a terrible team that we should beat easily (part of #1, sure). 3) We’re playing them on the road. 4) we play the Rats next week and it’s not far fetched to think they may look past the Bears. 5) The Bears are the next team that we play.

  • barry foster

    You are right but the bears are trash this year.Two starting wr are on IR for the year.This will be smooth sailing like last week.

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    I totally get that. I didn’t care for the Dobbs pick. But Que Sera Sera.

  • Nolrog

    And that attitude is exactly why I am troubled.

  • barry foster

    Can you name a starting Wr for the bears ?

  • Mike Lloyd

    Hate being a road favorite …something that never turns out good in the NFL…

  • RickM

    I have criticized fans for being overly negative after wins. But that’s different than expressing caution about an upcoming game. The Bears, in their only home game, gave the Falcons all they could handle (23-17). And as the article states we are 1-11 in our last dozen visits to Soldier Field.

    Yes, their O-line injuries will cause the Bears to juggle. But the last time we were on the road we won by 3 in Cleveland. I hope the Steelers have your mindset, not the mindset that this is an easy win. We’re a far better team, but over-confidence can do away with that advantage very quickly.

  • Josh Gustad

    To think coaches look past certain weeks at future opponents is the silliest thought a spectator in football could have. The ONLY time that might be true is at the end of a regular season when a team has locked into a playoff seed.

  • J Jones

    This is gonna be a tuff game. I would tighten the reigns on Ben this game. Lev should start his mvp bid in this one

  • Nolrog

    Read RickM’s response above. He summarizes it perfectly.

  • Nolrog

    Again putting words in my mouth. I didn’t say that they look past them. I said “Tomlin’s record against teams he should beat easily is terrible (see above)” That is a fact. You cannot dispute that.

  • barry foster

    Yeah a win is a win,it doesn’t have to be a blow out or pretty.

  • RickM

    What’s that they say about ‘history’? If you don’t learn from it, you’re bound to repeat it. I think we’ll win on Sunday and it may even be easy. But man, the Steelers better not go in with that attitude, as your results demonstrate.

  • Ike Evans

    This is the prototype for a game we lose….

  • Craig M

    I agree and any team can beat any other team on any given day- nothing is guaranteed.

  • Craig M

    Wheaton?

  • Josh Gustad

    Word for word, “They may look past the Bears.”

  • Craig M

    That’s funny. 🙂

  • Craig M

    That’s funnier. 🙂

  • Craig M

    That would really be good because I was looking to a 12-4 season w/ 2 losses in the 1st 5 weeks (at the start of the season). I don’t think we put it all together as a team until possibly week 5 IMO.

  • hdogg48

    The Steelers haven’t played as well as we know
    they can against the two teams they were supposed
    to beat, but they haven’t been behind yet either and that
    tells me they are confident in their abilities and
    are aware that they have the talent to win…home or away.

  • FATCAT716

    Look up Tomlin’s record versus bad teams Frank & tell me what’s factual about your statement. Can’t wait until my Steelers get this win just see how many facts you come up with lol

  • The Sun is Pro-Black

    Its called reality

  • barry foster

    He’s still hurt lol

  • Michael Mosgrove

    as of today we are 25-23 since 2012 of teams sub 500.

  • Jack Grogan

    This game troubles me. Prototypical trap game. Bears team that played Atlanta hard but got buried by Tampa, has nothing to lose and they’ll be eager to come back strong at home. Glennon has the history vs us. Given all that, I am sweating a bit. These games that are “easier” are really important to staying above NE for home-field. It will be helpful down the stretch to have these types of matchups as Ws.

  • Ralph Wagner

    All away games are a concern. History has shown many times that Bennie and the Steelers do not play well on the road. Additionally the Bears will be doing everything possible to win this game.

    Next week the Steelers go to Baltimore we all know how that goes.

    Hopefully the Steelers will be 3 and 0 at that time.

    Go Steelers

  • Sdale

    It would be nice if both starting guards are out. That would make inside pressure much easier for Gravedigger.

  • Jordan James

    That little 5’6 running back, Cohen, has skills.

  • Jordan James

    I would agree with you if it wasn’t for our defense. I think this defense can ball and we have a ton of offense if we get going.

  • Cwallace

    I figure as much also. The rat birds may not have an oline by then

  • 2winz

    relax, in case you dont see it or feel it..there is a change in the attitude of the players this year it feels like and the coaches. We may not be winning pretty, but a W is a W and I feel like the loss of Dan Rooney is really driving the players and coaches. either that or Ben’s retirement talks have caused the team to go all out this year. maybe a combination of both, but mostly I think Dan Rooney is the reason you wont see a similar result as years past.

  • Michael James

    Really no excuses here. The talent gap between the teams is huge, especially if you look at all their starters, who are out. This is a team the Steelers simply have to beat convincingly, if they indeed aim for that #1 seed.

  • No im the realist

  • Easy there. You are adding in a ton of games to fit your narrative. Just by looking at the information you provided(nice research by the way) any teams the Steelers lose to if the line is -1,-2,-3,-4,-5 can really go either way since those arent exactly favoring the Steelers by very much especially if any were at home considering home field grants 3.5 on that line. Secondly if a team has the same record or just a few games worse isnt really a trap game. Just because you feel a team is inferior to the Steelers doesnt make it so especially if the Steelers themselves at that time are a inferior team. So while I recognize and appreciate the stat lookups you could of saved yourself some time and writing and disregarded several of the games you wrote.

  • Av232

    Statistics 101. Samples tend to follow a normal distribution. If the goal is 30 points per game, statistics dictates there will likely be games above 30 points and games below 30 points. It’s beyond unrealistic to expect 30 points every week. We don’t have the full sample yet.

  • NickSteelerFan

    I’m not worried about this game. If there was a trap game, it was Cleveland with a rookie QB or Minnesota with Keenum and the Steelers rose to the challenge while still going through a ton of growing pains. I think they will be just fine

  • VaDave

    Keep in mind, what you post is open to interpretation, not so much putting words in your mouth. Fair? Secondly, there is no such thing as a “Trap Game”. The reality is either you show up to play or not. No doubt there is a record of substandard performance as you pointed out, however, as for the 1-4 Dolphin game there was a reason they were 1-4 at the time, namely two tremendously talented offensive guards that played their first game of the season vs the Steelers. Going further, they eventually became a playoff team. The reality is going by a the past record to predict or evaluate is faulty at best, and it’s better to look a little deeper than what you see at face value. As for concerns about this game, well, if your are a pro a this level, you’d better be concerned with each opponent. I will agree that ” on paper” your case is valid, but I’d also encourage you look a little deeper to find out the rest of the story on some of these games.

  • pittfan

    Of the 14 examples you’ve given, 7 came in 2012-2013 when the teams went 8-8. 3 more in 2014. The last 2 years there has been only 1 each season. as the team has retooled. I get your point but the recent record indicates that tendency may not be the case moving forward with new personal.

  • pittfan

    History always needs context to be correctly understood:
    “”””Of the 14 examples you’ve given, 7 came in 2012-2013 when the teams went 8-8. 3 more in 2014. The last 2 years there has been only 1 each season. as the team has retooled. I get your point but the recent record indicates that tendency may not be the case moving forward with new personal.””””
    We served up some surprising losses while going 8-8. Maybe the expectations were too high??

  • RickM

    The issue with this team, in my opinion, is simple. They haven’t been all that interested in the #1 seed and they don’t treat every game as crucial. They get high on themselves, and don’t show up emotionally. For example in Philadelphia and Miami last year.

    Folks say but they were better teams than Chicago. That’s not the point. It’s that that version of the Steelers took games off in terms of their intensity…so any underdog is a threat. The 34-3 loss is a great example. We’re a better team than Philly, but they dominated us in every aspect of the game. It wasn’t because they’re better; they just had a far greater motivation to play the game and absolutely dominated us physically. When a good team is dominated that way it’s mental, i.e. the other team just wanted it far more. It happened to a lesser degree 3 weeks later when the team gave up 37 minutes of possession to Miami. Both losses came off two straight wins. When you take weeks off emotionally or just slack off, any team can beat you.

    I don’t know what will happen in Chicago. I hope you’re right that we have a few different players and maybe they’ll realize that time is running out to win another SB in the near-term and the #1 seed is very important.

  • pittfan

    I’ll buy that. In other words, it’s not that the expectations of others was too high, it’s that the expectations of ourselves was too low. In the 70s when we were always in the hunt, having the AFCC go through Pittsburgh was something we looked to. Since the 00’s, that road has been thru Chowdertown. We’ve got to change that and that only happens when every game is your SB.