Monday Night Football Predictions - Philadelphia Eagles vs Chicago Bears

Philadelphia Eagles players celebrating in field

Sunday, September 18, 2016 9:39 PM GMT

Monday Night Football features the Eagles traveling to the Windy City to meet the Bears at Soldier Field. Let’s see what the NFL odds makers are dealing with, for a total in this one and decide whether to go high or low.

Carson Wentz – A Star in the Making?
There were plenty of opinions surrounding this year's NFL draft and a majority believed that the LA Rams took the wrong quarterback with their first overall pick. As you know by now, Jared Goff went No. 1 and the Philadelphia Eagles were delighted to take the former North Dakota State standout Carson Wentz with the No. 2 pick in the draft.

The verdict is still out, and will continue to be out for a while, as to which young gun will have a more storied career but there is no doubt that Carson Wentz has drawn first blood. The 23-year-old launched for 278 yards and a pair of touchdowns in leading Philadelphia to a 29-10 victory over the Cleveland Browns. Meanwhile, LA's Jared Goff was in street clothes for what many believed would be his NFL debut as he failed to even secure the backup role which went to second-year man Sean Mannion serving as Case Keenum's understudy.

I realize the Philadelphia fans are wetting themselves over their savior-in-training and, that in their minds, Wentz is the next Sonny Jurgensen. But before we begin his coronation as a future Hall-of-Famer let's not forget that his stellar pro debut occurred at the expense of the hapless Cleveland Browns. Wentz will have a far sterner test on Monday night when he faces a Bears' defensive front that limited the Texans' rushing attack to 3.7 yards per carry and added a pair of sacks as well as an interception. I'm not sure how the young Mr. Wentz will face the heat from a more determined and talented pass rush nor am I sure the Eagles will be able to muster much of a ground game. I don't see 29 points this Monday night from Philly.

Betting Analysis
Both the Philadelphia and the Chicago games went under the posted NFL betting odds totals of 41 ½ and 42 ½ respectively. Philadelphia's defense was solid and should remain so again while Chicago did a decent, though not spectacular, the job of containing Brock Osweiler and the Texans offense in their 23-14 defeat in Houston. The Bears' offense was a bit meh, but then again they were facing a tough Texans defense on the road. Although the general public likes to criticize Jay Cutler he does have the potential to go off if he's in the right frame of mind. He also has two serious weapons in Alshon Jeffrey and Kevin White at his disposal. Let's not forget that Chicago only gained 73 yards rushing and will have a tough Philadelphia run stop unit to contend with so this could become a very grindy game on both fronts.

I don't see this as being much of a scoreboard changer as the defenses on both sides of the ball impress me more than the respective offenses. The squares may be loading up to back Carson Wentz in their NFL Monday night football picks but the sharp money is being sent in on the Bears as this line has gone from Bears -1 to where it currently sits as of this writing at Bears -3. The total has also plunged going from 44 in some offshore sportsbooks to as low as 41½. Because we are going low, let's go shopping and find a book that is hanging this NFL total just north of 42 because as you know that equals exactly six TD's plus the extra point (which is no longer as automatic as it once was due to the longer distance implemented this season). We found just such a book in BetDSI, which is offering a 50% free play sign up bonus.

Free NFL Pick: Under 42 ½
Best Line Offered: at BetDSI
Swinger's 2016 NFL Record: 6-1 (after Week 1)

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