MNF: Bears vs. Redskins Pick
Chicago Bears (1-1 SU, 0-2 ATS) vs. Washington Redskins (0-2 SU, 1-1 ATS)
NFL Football Week 3
Date/Time: Monday September 23rd 2019. 8:15PM (EST)
Where: FedEx Field Landover, M.D.
Point Spread:CHI -4/WAS +4 (SportsBetting.ag)
Over/Under Total: 41.5
Monday Night Football moves to Landover, Maryland this week when the Washington Redskins host the Chicago Bears at FedEx Field. Last week, the Redskins dropped their 2nd game in a row at the hands of a division opponent in a 31-21 defeat to the Cowboys. Obviously, another loss on the record raises concerns for Redskins fans that may have thoughts that the season has already been lost. However, I have been rather impressed by the Redskins performance to begin the year based on expectations entering the season. Despite losing starting back Derrius Guice in the opener, the offense has held solid behind quarterback Case Keenum and Jay Gruden’s offense. I also believe that offense is the reason the Redskins are poised for a potential upset against the Bears this Monday!
Redskins offense continues to provide encouragement
In the last two weeks, the Redskins offense has proved to be a problem. The attack struck quickly in the opener against Philadelphia and held its own against a tough Cowboys defense last week. QB Case Keenum has looked sharp throwing for 600 yards with five scores and 0 picks through 2 games. WR Terry McLaurin appears to be a breakout star in the making, and Jay Gruden continues to draw up a heavy passing attack that continues to produce. It’s the exact style of offense and play-calling that is needed against this dynamic Chicago defense. The Redskins will provide numerous offensive sets and attack down the field. As long as Keenum stays accurate, the Redskins have the talent at the skill positions to produce opportunities, and I believe they will capitalize on them.
Bears offense has serious issues
In the opener against Green Bay, the Chicago Bears’ offense posted one of the most horrific performances you will likely see this season. Quarterback Mitchell Trubisky was erratic hitting just 26 of 45 passing for 228 yards and an interception with multiple missed opportunities down the field. The Bears backfield was also held to only 46 yards between 3 running backs. Despite a rather impressive defensive performance, the offense did absolutely nothing resulting in a 10-3 loss. While many may have considered the performance an opening game blunder, things did not get much better last week at Denver.
The Bears did get a 16-14 victory over the hapless Broncos, but again it was largely thanks to their defensive effort. Trubisky was once again awful hitting 16 of 27 passes for just 120 yards. Luckily, the Bears got a few big plays on the ground thanks to David Montgomery and Cordarrelle Patterson. Still, it was hardly an impressive performance, and I think everyone is wondering what exactly has happened to Matt Nagy’s offense? This team has not only utterly underperformed, but they have failed to show any potential at the same time. Trubisky is having unimaginable troubles throwing the football, and I don’t think the run game can bail them out this week. The Redskins run stop unit is underrated, and they did a great job of shutting Ezekiel Elliott down for three-quarters last week. It was actually Dak Prescott that ignited the Cowboys offense last week which opened things up on the ground. The Redskins defense showed the ability to stand firm, but things just slipped away late. With that said, this Redskins defense is nothing to laugh about, especially if Chicago’s offense continues to struggle. If the Bears struggles continue as I expect, they will not be on the winning side of another offensive letdown again this week.
Bears vs. Redskins betting trends
The Bears have shown promising trends for bettors going 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games. Chicago is also 5-1 SU in their previous six road trips dating back to last season. Meanwhile, Washington is just 1-8 SU in their last nine games and 1-5 ATS in their previous six games. In terms of totals, the Redskins have hit the ‘over’ in six of their last nine games. However, the Bears have hit the ‘under’ in seven of their last seven games and also in their last six straight games against NFC opponents.
Jay’s Pick to Cover the Point Spread: Redskins +4