Monday Night Football: Week 3 Preview

Chicago Bears at Washington Redskins

FedEx Field

Landover, MD

Betting

Tonight’s game is looking like a low-scoring affair as Bovada has the Over/Under currently at 41 points (-115 under). Chicago is the favorite as we approach kickoff with a Moneyline of -235 and a spread of -5.0 (-110). However, Washington is also -110 to cover the spread so we’re looking at a low-scoring close game tonight according to sportsbooks. My suggestion is to take the Chicago Moneyline but don’t be surprised if the offense lets us down. 

Injuries

On the Washington defensive side of things, starting cornerback Quinton Dunbar has been ruled out and starting defensive lineman Jonathan Allen is listed as questionable. Allen was extremely productive last season, specifically at getting to the QB, but this season has been a wash for the Washington stud so far. On the offensive side of the ball, 7x Pro-Bowler Trent Williams is continuing his holdout and an end to it does not appear to be in sight. Also, injury-prone starting TE Jordan Reed is not only ruled out for tonight’s game, but his career looks to be in jeopardy due to concussions. As someone that has suffered multiple concussions myself, I was told to walk away from the game and I suggest Reed do the same. Our brains are worth more than a game.

For the Chicago defense, an already thin defensive line gets even thinner as starting lineman Bilal Nichols will miss tonight’s game. Thankfully for Chicago, they are loaded at linebacker and can easily slide one of those intimidating 4 down to the line. Also on defense, starting safety Eddie Jackson is questionable with multiple ailments. On offense, starting TE Trey Burton is once again on the injury report as questionable to play. Burton was supposed to explode as one of the top-2 options in this Chicago receiving corps; but, he only has 5 receiving yards so far this season. Also on the injury report is standout RT, Kyle Long. If it wasn’t enough potentially being without a 3x Pro-Bowler, Chicago only has 8 total offensive linemen on their roster. Losing Long would be a major hit to the depth at a premium spot. Lastly, the teams’ placekicker, Eddy Pineiro might not be able to go for tonight! Chicago has been the laughing stock of the leagues’ kicker position since they let proven veteran Robbie Gould walk and that sentiment only intensified thanks to the infamous “double-doink” last season. 

Washington Offense vs. Chicago Defense

It is only a matter of time before Washington hands the keys of this offense to rookie QB, Dwayne Haskins. Until then, Case Keenum will continue to take a beating behind this makeshift offensive line and minimal running game to relieve pressure. Surprisingly, Washington has been competitive through 2 weeks of the season thanks to the explosive play of rookie Terry McLaurin and ageless vet Vernon Davis. If this Washington team wants a shot of winning some games this season, they’ll need workhorse veteran running back Adrian Peterson to get it going, because the team is averaging a putrid 37.5 rushing yards per game. Establish the run with Peterson, and the play-action passing deep shots to the speedy play-makers will open up. It seems easy on paper, but then you face a linebacking core like this Chicago team has…

When teams face Chicago, they do not score. The Bears held the Packers offense to 10 points and the Broncos to 14. I would argue that the Chicago defensive would be even better if their own offense was efficient. The Chicago defense is always on the field it seems and they’ll still stopping teams in their tracks! Teams are averaging less than 250 passing yards and less than 70 rushing yards on this daunting Chicago defense. This Chicago team is built around arguably the best linebacking foursome in all of football. Led by superstar Khalil Mack, the Bears also have Roqoan Smith, Danny Trevathan, and Leonard Floyd terrorizing opposing teams.

Chicago Offense vs. Washington Defense

Oh man, Mitchell Trubisky has been bad this season. He has a QBR of 28.1 which is 29th out of 33 eligible QBs. Usually “Tru-Bear-sky” is able to use his legs and run for yardage when things break down but he has only run the ball 4 times this season. A dual-threat QB that only throws? Yeah, that doesn’t usually work out that well. Without his security blanket in TE Trey Burton, Trubisky has been funneling the ball to top receiver Allen Robinson. That’s normally not a problem, but when defenses know the ball is not going anywhere else, it’s pretty easy to stop. So Chicago can’t pass, that must mean they can run the ball right? Um, not really. Starting running back and rookie David Montgomery is averaging 3.3 yards per carry on 24 carries so far this season. No one else has more than 8 rushes for this Chicago offense so they’re leaning on the rookie to get things going.

Washington’s defense has been, oh no, I think I just threw up in my mouth. Washington is allowing 459 total yards per game on average this season. The bright side to all of this you may ask? Well, they play Chicago this week! If there ever was a time to right the ship, it is here in this game tonight. Landon Collins or Josh Norman might be able to grab an INT off of a bad throw from Trubisky because a few are bound to happen.

Prediction

Chicago: 17

Washington: 9

Guaranteed Touchdown Scorer: Allen Robinson

Dart Throw Touchdown Scorer: Cordarrelle Patterson

Conclusion

This game is going to be ugly… but football is football! Do you think Chicago will take care of business on the road? Let me know in the comments below!

-Mitchell Seefeldt

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