The Chicago Bears (1-1) travel to Maryland in Week 3 to face the Washington Redskins (0-2) on Monday Night Football. Kickoff is set for 8:15 PM EST on September 23rd at FedEx Field and the game will be broadcast on ESPN.
Oddsmakers opened this game up with the Redskins listed as 4.5-point home underdogs. That line has shifted by half of a point after early betting, as Washington is currently available at +4. The total for this matchup is 41.5 points. Click here for a full look at the Week 3 NFL odds and for more links to our individual game previews.
Redskins vs Bears Game Odds & Betting Preview
The Bears managed to get back to .500 on the season in Week 2, beating Denver 16-14 on the road to move to 1-1 overall. Chicago was quite lucky to escape with the victory, as Emmanuel Sanders appeared to catch a winning touchdown at the tail end of the fourth quarter before Eddy Pineiro drilled a last second field goal. QB Mitchell Trubisky continued to struggle, going just 16/27 for 120 passing yards and no touchdowns. RB David Montgomery was the best Chicago offensive player against the Broncos by a mile, rushing 18 times for 62 yards and a touchdown. None of the other backs or wide receivers really managed to get anything going, although Cordarrelle Patterson did break a nice run despite getting only two carries all game.
The Bears defense was pretty solid for the most part against Denver, holding their offense to under 400 total yards and just one touchdown. However, Chicago did have a tough time trying to slow down the aforementioned Emmanuel Sanders, as he hauled in 11 passes for 98 yards and a touchdown.
Washington dropped their second game in a row last weekend, falling 31-21 at home against Dallas. The Redskins trailed 14-7 at the half and couldn’t find a way to pull off a comeback over the final two quarters, as the Cowboys outscored them 17-14 down the stretch. QB Case Keenum had a second consecutive solid outing, going 26/37 for 221 yards and two touchdowns. Adrian Peterson found the end zone on the ground just a week removed from being a healthy scratch against Philadelphia while WR Terry McLaurin caught five passes for 62 yards and a score. McLaurin has really been impressive over the first two games of his NFL career, racking up ten receptions for 187 yards and two touchdowns. As a whole, Washington gained just under 275 total yards of offense and scored three touchdowns against a tough Cowboys defense.
The Redskins defense really struggled to slow down the Dallas offense in Week 2, giving up over 450 total yards and four touchdowns. Washington really had a tough time dealing with Ezekiel Elliott, as he rushed for 111 yards and a touchdown on 23 carries.
Free NFL Betting Predictions and Pick: UNDER 41.5
As tempted as I am to take the Bears against the spread on the road in this matchup, I just don’t feel 100% comfortable with the Chicago offense. Trubisky has looked terrible in his first two games, which certainly should be a major concern for the front office moving forward. While Washington is still searching for their first win of the season, they have at least been competitive in back to back games and were very close to upsetting Philadelphia on the road back in Week 1. Ultimately, I think the UNDER on 41.5 is probably the optimal play on Monday night. Chicago is averaging under ten points per game and can’t seem to move the ball on the ground or through the air. On the other side, the Redskins offense will likely have a very tough time moving the ball against Khalil Mack and Co. Although I still think that the Bears should be able to grind out a second straight win thanks to their rock solid defense, the game could easily come down to a last second field goal and stay low scoring throughout.
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Remarkably, the UNDER has hit in seven straight games that the Bears have been a part of. I really don’t think there is any value to be had with Chicago against the spread, as they are a dreadful 0-5 ATS in their last five games against Washington and 1-7 straight up over their last eight visits to FedEx field. I also don’t think that getting four points is enough to tempt me to take a shot with the Redskins, so I’m avoiding the spread completely in this particular spot. I think Trubisky will continue to struggle while Washington’s success on offense to start the season might come to an end here in Week 3. Give me the UNDER on 41.5 points!