A pair of struggling teams will do battle in southern California on Monday night as the reeling Chicago Bears head south to take on Philip Rivers and the San Diego Chargers. Both squads envisioned their seasons going a little differently in 2015, but both the Bears and Chargers still have exciting talent on both sides of the ball and should combine to produce an exciting football game for fans and bettors alike. Last week the injury bug bit both of these teams, and badly. Chicago lost its star running back Matt Forte, while the Chargers lost their stud wideout Keenan Allen for the season. It will be interesting to monitor how both teams plan around these absences going forward. It’s been a .500 Week 9 of NFL betting for myself here at The Sports Geek so let’s end things off on a winning note. Read on below for a full game breakdown and the official prediction for Monday Night Football.
Bears vs. Chargers Betting Odds:
Chicago Bears +4 (+100)
@ San Diego Chargers -4 (-120)
Over 49 (-105)
Under 49 (-115)
Betting odds provided by Bovada.lv
Bears vs. Chargers Pick:
There could be worse games to serve as the Monday Nighter, and despite the recent plight of both the Bears and Chargers, at least they’ve got some exciting offensive weapons that can make this game intriguing. Both squads do some things very well, both Chicago and San Diego have obvious and glaring weaknesses that have prevented them from being decent teams in 2015.
For the Chargers, Philip Rivers has put together a quietly impressive season. It’s even more impressive considering all of the injuries and depleted supporting cast around him. He’s dealt with all of that very well and despite the injuries to Antonio Gates and Keenan Allen, Rivers has performed well. One area that has been brutal has been the offensive line – but the Chargers’ QB has coped with it.
Rivers has thrown the ball exceptionally well this season despite inconsistent protection in the pocket. Chicago has a pretty awful secondary as their cornerbacks have simply been picked on in 2015. Look for San Diego to take full advantage of this, even without Keenan Allen, and have no difficulty in moving the chains through the air come Monday evening. One aspect that also plays into San Diego’s hands is the fact that Chicago has a pretty mediocre pass rush and likely won’t be able to exploit the Chargers’ weaknesses on the offensive line.
For the Bears it is going to be extremely interesting how they handle their offense given the fact that Matt Forte is out injured. Forte has been the key guy in this offense for years now and has been very durable, so replacing him with a relative unknown in Jeremy Langford likely won’t get the job done. Jay Cutler is playing better of late, but the Chargers weaknesses are in their run defense and not their secondary. Cutler may have difficulty throwing vs. San Diego and this may result in a shifting of the gameplan for the Bears – something that might be tough for them to endure mid-way through this contest.
The Chargers aren’t all that great, but right now the Bears are worse at more things. Simple as that. I don’t think the Bears will be able to stop San Diego at all, while I think the Chargers’ secondary may be able to limit the effectiveness of the Bears’ key offensive targets in Alshon Jeffery and Martellus Bennett. I like San Diego to squeak out a late, one-score victory on Monday night.
PICK = Chargers -4 (-120)