2015 Monday Night Football Week 9 – Chicago at San Diego

This Chicago/San Diego game is not the type of Monday Night Football matchup that the NFL dreams of when they are making the league schedules ahead of time. That is, a game that features two teams with losing records; but that is what we have as the Chicago Bears are 2-5 and the San Diego Chargers are 2-6.

The Bears have lost their last two contests after notching their only two wins of 2015. Ironically those wins were against two teams, like the Chargers, in the AFC West. Those clubs that Chicago beat were the Raiders and the Chiefs. They squeaked by both teams beating Oakland by two points and the Chiefs by one. Their last two losses, to the Lions and Vikings, were each by three points.

San Diego, which has beaten the Browns and Lions, has lost to some tough opponents this season including the Packers, Bengals, and Steelers. Last week, they fell to the Raiders, 37-29. They are certainly looking to rebound this week

Chicago

The Bears go to San Diego minus a key part of their offense, running back Matt Forte. Rookie running back Jeremy Langford will replace the injured Forte. On 27 attempts, Langford is averaging 3.0 YPC, has accumulated 80 yards, and scored two touchdowns. His longest rush has been for nine yards. Forte has been the chief running back and will be missed. But Langford certainly has some good running chops. Although he lacks experience, he is going up against a weak D, and that could be a help in his debut as a starter.

The Chicago ground attack has been their bread and butter as of late, so the loss of Forte is big. Still, Jay Cutler is a serviceable quarterback with a lot of experience. He’ll be able to connect on short and moderate routes, but he will really need the running game to work in order to generate offense.

San Diego

San Diego quarterback Phillip Rivers is adroit at tossing touchdown passes, and it’s expected that he’ll hit a few on Sunday. He has 18 passes to TDs thus far and his thrown seven interceptions. Rivers needs to connect on a few touchdown passes in order to score a win. He does have a few problems in that some of his top receivers, including Keenan Allen and Ladarius Green, both of whom have four TD catches.

The multitalented Danny Woodhead, who has two running scores and two passing touchdowns, plus five catches for 20-plus yards each, will be a key part of the San Diego offense on Sunday. Although Rivers is missing two of his top receivers, Woodhead is a definite plus and can be a difference-maker.

Other Factors

This will be an offensive game, as both teams are allowing more than 28 PPG. When push comes to shove in this one the difference is on offense where the Chargers have a four-point advantage. Also, when you do consider defenses San Diego has a small edge, especially in the area of causing turnovers. It’s not major, but with Forte out, it could be enough to change the outcome of this game. That is if Rivers can find Woodhead

Close Game

We are expecting a close game. This is a tough one to predict. The Chargers are favored by 4.5 and the over/under is at 49. Chicago has been playing it tight as of late and the Chargers have been struggling. We’re going with the Bears at plus 4.5. It’s a tough call, but weighing everything, including injuries, this looks to be a three-point game one way of the other. Take the under too.

November 7, 2015 by : Posted in NFL, Sportsbook No Comments

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