The Week 3 Monday Night matchup features an all-NFC showdown between two squads desperately seeking some positive vibes. Washington hosts the Bears to close out the third week of NFL action, and though these squads had very different aspirations for their season back in training camp – they have more in common statiscally than the average man might concede.
The Bears were dismantled in Week 1 at home by Green Bay, and very narrowly edged out Denver in Week 2 – a game in which they deserved to lose. For a team that many considered decisive favourites in the competitive NFC North division, they still haven’t shown that form – especially on offense.
Washington enters their third game of the year without much hope or optimism for the remainder of their year. They have been thoroughly outplayed so far, both by divisional opponents. Barring a miracle, it’s going to be yet another playoff-less season in D.C., and it’s going to be interesting to see if rookie quarterback Dwayne Haskins eventually gets a shot at reinvigorating their offence.
It’s been a profitable week thus far for our picks at TheSportsGeek, and let’s look to end the week off on a high note. Read on below the posted odds for a match preview, breakdown, and betting pick for the Redskins and Bears on Monday Night Football.
Bears vs. Redskins Betting Odds:
Chicago Bears -4.5 (-115)
@ Washington Redskins +4.5 (-105)
Over 41 (-105)
Under 41 (-115)
Bears vs. Redskins Pick:
I have zero clue how Washington plans on running their offense, but whatever their plan of attack is – it’s not going to work against a heralded Chicago defense. Case Keenum has struggled mightily through his first two games this year, and expect the Bears to really make things difficult for the journeyman quarterback.
Keenum’s offensive line protection isn’t stellar at the moment, and you better believe Bears’ defensive lineman Khalil Mack will be licking his chops as a result. There are going to be a lot of openings for Mack to put Keenum under heavy duress throughout this contest, and Keenum likely will be forced into a lot of hurried situations.
Last week Adrian Peterson turned back the clock for a portion of their game, but don’t expect a repeat showing from the future Hall of Famer. The Bears’ boast the best defensive front in the game, and when they’re not relentlessly pursuing Keenum, they’ll be putting the clamps down on any running lanes, and dare Washington to try and throw on them.
From one dud offense to another – Mitch Trubisky needs a big game on Monday night. The problem is, he has shown zero signs of growth or progress in his career thus far. He’s mistake-prone, inaccurate, and wildly inconsistent from game-to-game. Trubisky knows his time is running out to impress, as the Bears’ defense is Super Bowl worthy, but their offense lags so far behind. Fortunately for him, he’s going to do much better and bounce back here in Week 3, simply because the Redskins have so many holes within their secondary.
Look for Trubisky to get more time and space, and be able to torch Washington downfield. They’ve conceded many big plays through the air already this year, and Trubisky’s big arm should contribute to a few more on Monday Night Football. On the ground, look for David Montgomery to continue his impressive rookie season. Washington will likely be without defensive lineman Jonathan Allen, and as a result there could be holes available for the young running back.
While it might seem dangerous to lay above a field goal on Mitch Trubisky, the Bears will likely be very cautious and put him in positions to succeed. It will also help that Washington will be hard-pressed to muster double-digit points in this contest, so expect a more conservative offensive attack from Chicago to limit mistakes in this one. This won’t be a pretty game, and don’t expect many highlights – but look for the Bears to win it comfortably in a low-scoring affair.