Editor’a update 1:26 p.m.: The Bears and Washington kick off at 8:15 p.m. ET, and the public is siding with Chicago at DraftKings Sportsbook. 59 percent of money bet and 65 percent of tickets bet on the point spread is on Chicago — currently sitting at -6. 73 percent of money bet and 72 percent of tickets bet on the moneyline is on Chicago — the Bears are currently -245 and Washington is +210. The betting public is siding with under the 42 point mark, with 73 percent of the handle and 72 percent of tickets bet coming in under 42.
People have been complaining about the lack of “good games” in the upcoming weeks of Monday Night Football, especially after watching a bore between the Browns and Jets in Week 2. And while I agree, I still have hope. The hope is that we can find entertainment and enjoyment in betting on these games. Which brings us to the Bears and Washington, two teams that have never met on Monday night.
The Chicago Bears ended last week on a mile high note, thanks to a final-second field goal that pushed them past the Broncos. Washington is winless, but have the 9th-most points per game with 24. Chicago’s defense has only allowed 24 points in total through two games, so something’s gotta give, right? The over/under is set at 41 points, and if anything is going to “give,” it will be Washington’s scoring. In the Bears’ last seven games (preseason excluded,) the point total hasn’t exceeded that number once. With how well their defense has been performing, and how poorly their offense has been, it’s looking like we’re in for another low scoring game.
For the sake of arguing against myself, this could be a perfect opportunity for Mitchell Trubisky (DraftKings’ Showdown salary $10,400) to kick it into gear. Washington’s run defense ranks second-to-last in average yards allowed, which opens the door for David Montgomery ($9,400) to have his breakout game. Establishing the run will only benefit the passing game, and I’m anxious to see Allen Robinson II ($9,800) to reach the endzone for the first time this season.
Through two games, Case Keenum ($10,200) has actually played really well, averaging 2.5 touchdowns and just over 300 passing yards. He and the Washington offense have yet to turn the ball over, but I believe that will change this week, despite the Bears only having one takeaway. Come Tuesday, Chicago will be back home with a 2-1 record after covering the spread and holding Washington under 20 points.
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Bears at Washington
Point Spread: Washington +5.5
Total Points: 41.5
Money Line: Bears -225; Washington +195
Overall 2018 (2019): Bears 12-5 (1-1); Washington 7-9 (0-2)
ATS 2018 (2019): Bears 12-5 (0-2); Washington 9-7 (1-1)
O/U 2018 (2019): Bears 8-9 (0-2); Washington 7-9 (2-0)
Notable Prop Bets
- Allen Robinson II to score a TD and team to win: +240
- David Montgomery with over 13.5 rushing attempts: +106
- Terry McLaurin to score last TD of the game: +1500
- Washington has lost each of their last seven Monday night games.
- The road team has covered the spread in each of Washington’s last six games.
- Each of the Bears’ last seven games have gone UNDER the total points line.
- Chris Thompson has scored the first touchdown in three of Washington’s last six September games as underdogs.
- Terry McLaurin has scored a touchdown in each of Washington’s last two games.
- Anthony Miller has scored a touchdown in each of the Bears’ last two games as road favorites against NFC opponents.
- Tarik Cohen has scored a touchdown in eight of the Bears’ last 15 regular season games.
Odds and lines subject to change. See website for actual odds.
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