The Chicago Bears travel to face Washington in a Monday Night Football matchup of 80s rivals that is a bit of a stinker in 2019. It’s too early to say that either is definitively out of their divisional race, but both badly need a win to get their respective seasons on track.
The Bears opened as a 4.5-point favorite at the DraftKings Sportsbook, but the line has climbed to six points as kickoff approaches. The point total is set at 42. The Bears are coming off a 16-14 road win over the Denver Broncos to improve to 1-1, while Washington lost 31-21 in a home game against the Dallas Cowboys to drop to 0-2. Chicago is 0-2 against the spread, while Washington is 1-1.
Washington’s losses came at Philadelphia and at home to Dallas, so they are losing to fairly quality opponents. Chicago lost a defensive battle to Green Bay in Week 1, and benefited from a shaky penalty call for a last second Week 2 win. Mitchell Trubisky is scuffling, and now faces a Washington defense that has given up a lot of points but should give him some trouble.
A home underdog often offers intrigue, and primetime only adds to it. Washington could very well lose this game, but I don’t see a Chicago blowout in the cards. I’m laying the points, and I would consider the under in what should be a stiff defensive competition.
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