Week 3: 2019 NFL Season (100th NFL Season)
Monday, Sept. 23, 2019 @ 8:15 p.m. ET (FedEx Field)
Over/Under: 41; Redskins +4 (-105)
Best Moneyline: Bears -190, Redskins +175
In this week 3 Monday Night Football matchup between the Chicago Bears (1-1) and Washington Redskins (0-2), Washington is aiming to win their first game of the 2019 season. The gametime weather forecast is 65 degrees Fahrenheit, with winds blowing at 5 mph W. This inner-conference MNF game can be watched live on ESPN. The Redskins lead the all-time head-to-head series record 26-23-1 versus Chicago. The Bears lost the last seven games against the Redskins. Their most previous win versus Washington was on Dec. 21, 2003, when the Bears won 27-24. In other words, Chicago is due for a win, especially on the road at FedEx Field. Moreover, in the team's 16-14 victory over the Denver Broncos in week 2, quarterback Mitchell Trubisky passed for 120 yards, was 16/27 on pass attempts, and threw 0 touchdowns to 0 interceptions. Trubisky's total QBR was 29.9. Chicago won this game after kicker Eddy Pineiro kicked and made a 53-yard field goal as time expired at the end of the forth quarter. Running back David Montgomery rushed for 62 yards and scored one touchdown on 18 carries. Cordarrelle Patterson had 2 carries for 50 yards. Wide receiver Allen Robinson made 4 receptions for 41 yards and tight end Ben Braunecker made 2 receptions for 24 yards. For team stats, Chicago finished their afternoon with 18 first downs, 273 total yards, 153 rushing yards, and zero turnovers. On the other hand, Denver had 27 first downs, 372 total yards, 90 rushing yards, and one turnover.
To summarize this low-scoring, nail-biting end result, the Bears' offense once again struggled. They are very fortunate to have new 24-year-old kicker Eddy Pineiro. Having said that, the team's offense, more specifically the passing game, needs some serious work. Meanwhile, the Washington Redskins lost 31-21 to the Dallas Cowboys in week 2. Quarterback Case Keenum actually played an exceptional game this past Sunday. He passed for 221 yards, was 26/37 on pass attempts, and threw 2 touchdowns to 0 interceptions. His total QBR was 62.9. Running back Adrian Peterson had 10 carries for 25 yards and scored one touchdown. Wide receiver Terry McLaurin made 5 receptions for 62 yards, scoring one touchdown, and Chris Thompson also made 5 receptions for 48 yards. For team stats, Washington had 19 first downs, 255 total yards, 47 rushing yards, and zero turnovers. Dak Prescott and the Cowboys' offense had 25 first downs, 474 total yards, 213 rushing yards, and one turnover. Well, the Redskins kept this divisional rivalry game somewhat close, with a score of 21-14 at the end of the third quarter, but the offense failed to generate enough points in the second half altogether. Their running game was nonexistent in this matchup. It makes football fans wonder how many rushing yards Washington will have against another great defense. The Redskins have to get their running game fully operational, if they plan to beat Chicago. OT Trent Williams is also ready to move on. This organization has to start making some moves.
The Chicago Bears' Betting Trends addresses their major shortcomings on the road against the Washington Redskins
The Chicago Bears are 5-1 SU in their previous six games played on the road, and they are 1-7 SU in the team's last eight games on the road versus Washington. Plus, the total has gone under in six of Chicago's last six games against an NFC opponent. The Bears are 1-9 ATS in their past ten games against an NFC East team, and the total has gone under in four of Chicago's last five games played in the month of September. According to the Vegas Insider NFL odds, the Bears have 14/5 odds to win the NFC North, 12/1 odds to win the NFC championship, and 25/1 odds to win Super Bowl LIV. While referencing The Action Network's "Updated 2019 NFL Win Totals & Odds" article, the Bears are projected to win 9.5 games in this 2019 season. Their current odds are 9.5 wins (over +135/under -150).
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