Monday Night Football Predictions Week 7: Bears vs. Rams
I think I speak for the majority of football fans and bettors when I saw that the Monday Night doubleheader is the exact thing we are clamoring for. We can do away with the Thursday night snooze fest which we witnessed this past week. The Monday night doubleheader not only gives us several additional betting options, but it gets the week going with plenty of added talking points. Last week, the Chiefs and Cardinals were both victorious on the road, and both teams covered their respective spreads.
The Chiefs went into Buffalo and held the Bills offense to just 17 points after many pundits were getting excited about the Bills offense and Josh Allen as an MVP candidate. I guess that’s why they say, “to be the best, you have to beat the best” and the Bills still have a long way to go to challenge to elite. Over in Big D, the Cowboys looked a mess with Zeke fumbling twice on back-to-back possessions and Andy Dalton not able to produce anything meaningful until the game was already out of reach. If you followed along with the plays from last week, you would have been rewarded with a 2-0 night as we gave you the Chiefs -3.5 and the Cardinals -1.5.
Bears at Rams Betting Story Lines
As for this week, the Chicago Bears travel to SoCal to take on a Los Angeles Rams team that is coming off a disappointing loss on Sunday Night Football to the San Francisco 49ers. The Bears enter this game with plenty of confidence after having won two straight games to take their perch atop the NFC North. Most people I’ve talked to are still unsure how the Bears are 5-1 given the fact that they benched their starting quarterback, Mitch Trubisky, in favor of Nick Foles. While Foles has been the better option, it hasn’t been by much, and that’s saying something about how bad Trubisky was in this offense. The Bears rank near the bottom in every offensive category this season, ranking 29th in total yards (329), 24th in passing yards (222.8), 29th in rushing yards (90), 27th in points (21.3) and 27th in third-down conversion (36.3). Defensively, the Bears are in the upper half of the league in all defensive categories and have taken advantage of a very weak schedule. They beat the Lions (fourth-quarter comeback), the Giants (terrible team), the Falcons (fourth-quarter comeback), the Bucs (Thursday night) and the Panthers (overrated). But I guess that’s why they play the games. The Bears will be in tough this week as they travel across the country to face a pissed off Rams team.
As for the Rams, they couldn’t have laid a bigger egg on primetime than the one they laid on Sunday night against a Niners team that is well below full strength. As usual, Goff underperformed under the bright lights and the Rams offense never really got going. The Rams are similar to the Bears in that they’ve beaten up on some terrible teams, such as the Cowboys, Eagles, Giants and Washington. The Rams should have an easier time this week containing the aforementioned Bears’ offense, and we see Aaron Donald wreaking havoc and taking up a permanent residence in the Bears’ backfield. From a health perspective, the Rams figure to have all of their key guys in the lineup, and it’ll be up to Sean McVay to prepare a game plan that works and one that will get Goff’s confidence back up in a hurry.
Bears at Rams Betting Odds and Trends
Almost every sportsbook is offering the Rams -6 (-110) with the total set at 45. On the moneyline, the Rams are between -250 to -270 while the Bears are between +210 to +225.
If your feeling crazy, the alternate lines offer up plenty of value as the Rams on the alternate are -13.5 (+225), -9.5 (+137) or you can take the Bears by -2.5 for a big +230 payout. The Rams are 3-3 ATS after losing outright to San Francisco as 2.5-point favorites. The Rams come into this game on a 7-1 ATS run following an ATS loss but just 2-7-1 ATS in their last 10 Monday games. The Bears are 4-2 ATS after beating the Panthers outright as one-point underdogs. They come into this game 4-0 ATS in their four Monday night games and 7-3 ATS in the last 10 meetings.
Bears at Rams Betting Predictions
This is a tough spot for the Bears. They won on the road last week in Carolina and are now traveling across the country for a primetime game against a team that’s looking to bounce back after a bad loss. The Bears are 5-1 and I don’t want to say this game isn’t important, because they all are, but the Bears can maybe afford to lose this one and still be in a good position for the postseason. The Rams, at just 4-2, need to grab this win in order to keep pace within the division and the wild-card spot. We see the Rams having too much offense for the Bears to keep up with and we see the Rams winning this game by 14+.
Play: Rams -6
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