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By Mike Wilkening

Picking a straight-up winner and a pointspread winner are sometimes very different things, but in the case of Sunday's Bears-Bengals game, they are one and the same. Yes, Bears-Bengals is a pick 'em, where the handicapping simply comes down to whom will win the game.

The Bengals are 3-3 against the spread this season, but you can see why the Bears are being backed so heavily: Cincy is 0-3 ATS as a favorite, and it was handled surprisingly easily by Houston last week.

The Bears are 3-2 ATS in Jay Cutler's first season as their starting QB. The Broncos, if you can believe it, were just 10-26-1 ATS in Cutler's tenure as a starter.


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