Monday Night Football brings an intriguing Week 2 match-up to close out what has been another thrilling week of action.
We’ll head to the Windy City as the Chicago Bears will somehow try to recover after choking away a surefire victory last week at Lambeau Field vs. the Packers. The Bears of course looked great in the first half and were cruising to an easy victory, before allowing a one-legged Aaron Rodgers to return to the game and lead Green Bay to an improbable victory. It’s a crushing loss for Chicago, but this is still a talented team that needs to regroup for their home opener on Monday evening.
On the other side of the ball will be the Seattle Seahawks, who also enter this contest with an 0-1 record. Last week Seattle also was in control early on against the Broncos, but some injuries and shoddy defensive play allowed the game to slip away. Russell Wilson is a great talent but there isn’t much support right now. With Doug Baldwin injured for the next few weeks, the Seahawks are already in trouble in terms of playoff qualification.
Though it is just Week 2, it feels like it is already a pretty desperate situation for both of these teams. Given the manner in which both squads lost last week, it should only add to the intrigue of Monday Night Football. Read on below for a full game breakdown and an official betting selection to end off your betting week.
Seahawks vs. Bears Betting Odds:
Seattle Seahawks +4.5 (-110)
@ Chicago Bears -4.5 (-110)
Over 43 (-110)
Under 43 (-110)
Seahawks vs. Bears Pick:
Without Baldwin at his disposal, I feel sorry for Russell Wilson and how this Seahawks offense will possibly move the chains against a ferocious Bears’ defense. It also does not bode well that Seattle’s offensive line is in a horrid state entering this contest, and with Akiem Hicks and Khalil Mack bearing down on Wilson – time and space will be severely limited. Expect Seattle to turn to their running game, but it’s so limited that it won’t possibly be a factor. The Seahawks’ maddening carousel of mediocre backs won’t scare the Bears, and the only way Seattle consistently comes up with offense will be from Russell Wilson moving the chains with his legs.
The Bears offense looked great in the first half last week, before looking awful for the entire second half against Green Bay. The pressure will be on coach Matt Nagy to bounce back from that collapse, and put his offense in positions to succeed. For his QB Mitch Trubisky it shouldn’t be that difficult given the state of Seattle’s depleted defensive line. The Seahawks will be hard-pressed to generate much of a pass rush on Trubisky, and with time and space expect the former Tar Heel to be able to shred a Seattle secondary that is certainly no longer the ‘Legion of Boom’.
It was unfortunate what happened last week to the Bears, but their play-calling really let them down. They stopped being themselves, but that does not take away from the fact that Chicago is an improved team this year, and can really play with anyone. This week, expect them to exact revenge on the lowly Seahawks. They are better on both sides of the ball and enter the healthier group as well. Bobby Wagner is also out for Seattle at the linebacker position, and I’d expect both Jordan Howard and Tarik Cohen to be able to run the Bears to a comfortable victory on Monday evening.
PICK = Bears -4.5 (-110)