Monday Night Football 2016 – Week 2 – Philadelphia Eagles at Chicago Bears – Preview and Prediction
Week 2 is nearly in the books. I hope you got on the Vikings last night, along with the rest of our picks for Sunday. We conclude the week with the Eagles taking a trip to Solider Field to take on the Chicago Bears.
At BetOnline, the Bears are -3 (-113) favorites over the Eagles +3 (-107) and the total is listed at a low 42.5 points.
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The Carson Wentz era started off with a bang last week as the Eagles took care of the Browns at Lincoln Financial last Sunday. A Wentz to Jordan Matthews touchdown pass opened the scoring and Philadelphia didn’t let off the gas pedal after that. They dominated Cleveland in a 29-10 victory.
Philadelphia didn’t come out the game unscathed regarding injuries, however.
Tight end Zach Ertz, a player that is easily their most talented skill position player besides Jordan Matthews will be out with a rib injury. Young Trey Burton will step in for Ertz and will be helped by veteran Brent Celek.
However, the defense is the primary area where injuries may hurt production. The Eagles will only have three active cornerbacks this week. Cornerback Leodis McKelvin is out with a hamstring injury, which will hurt what has been an impressive secondary, at least so far.
Chicago started the scoring against the Bears in last week’s Sunday afternoon matchup with Jeremy Langford punching in an early touchdown to give the Bears a 7-0 lead. The Bears went to the half with a 14-10 lead.
That’s where the scoring stopped, however. Bill O’Brien’s defense shut down the Chicago offense in the second half. Houston’s offensive unit got going in the second half, and the Texans took care of business at home with a 23-14 win.
The Bears are mostly healthy coming into tonight’s contest.
The game opened early last week with the Bears as -1 favorites. This quickly moved to -3 and for a certain time, -3.5 at some sportsbooks. Betting action is slightly for the Eagles, with about 55 percent of bets coming in on Philadelphia.
The total opened at 43 points. Since the outset, the vast majority of wagers have come in on the over. Despite that, the total has gone down since opening at 43 to 42.5. 42.5 with -110 on each side is the total across the board.
I find this game especially hard to predict. We don’t know how the Eagles offense will function against a defense that isn’t the worst in the league, like the Browns. The Bears don’t offer a lot in the secondary but are loaded with talent up front. The run game, which helps rookie quarterbacks like Wentz, may not be there tonight.
With the injuries that the Eagles have in the secondary, we have to like the Bears slightly more. They do have one of the most underrated receivers in the game in Alshon Jeffery and with the injuries in the secondary – he’s likely to have a big day.
All in all, from a sides perspective, I don’t see a ton of value unless the odds shift to 3.5 (bet Eagles) before game time. I think the best play in this game is the under 42.5. Both offenses may have trouble generating points, and the low total makes plenty of sense.
Pick: Under 42.5 (-110)