Cutler to Lead Bears Over Jets for Monday Night Football Picks

Steven Suarez

Thursday, September 18, 2014 2:37 PM UTC

Thursday, Sep. 18, 2014 2:37 PM UTC

Both teams stand at 1-1 on the season, but it's the Jets that are the favorites in the NFL betting odds for Week 3's edition of Monday Night Football. Which team inspires more confidence with our sports picks?

The Jets remain 2.5-point favorites at a lot of the sportsbooks, while the total is at 44.5 points. Aside from the hamstring injury to Eric Decker, who's listed as questionable right now, New York is healthy on the offensive side of things. However, Dee Milliner is doubtful, and his absence would hurt an already shaky Jets secondary. 

The Bears have both Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery questionable again, with Shea McClellin and Sherrick McCmanis already ruled out.

The statuses of Marshall and Jeffery will need to continue to be monitored, but it'd be surprising if they didn't play after suiting up last week and making impacts. As one of the most fearsome wideout duos in the league, Chicago will be praying the two are healthy enough to go.

This Monday Night Football showdown is a tough one to decipher in terms of ATS picks, but we're going to roll with the home team when push comes to shove.

Geno Smith looks to have made a lot of strides since his rookie season, and the Jets gave the Packers everything they could handle on the road last week. We expect a close game, but ultimately we're selecting New York to cover the short number.

NFL Pick: Jets -2.5

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What a jump we've already seen on the NFL odds board.

Early on the line was at a PK, but the public has jumped on New York in this spot, driving the lines up to as high as three points. Will there be any more movement before Monday's kickoff?

A total of 45.5 has been put on the board at 5Dimes, which seems like a relatively high total given the fact these two defenses have shown some good things at times this season.

New York Jets in 2014-15 Regular Season: 1-1 SU, 0-1-1 ATS, -1.0 margin of victory

Chicago Bears in 2014-15 Regular Season: 1-1 SU, 1-1 ATS, +2.5 margin of victory

The Jets gave it all they had in a Week 2 loss to the Packers, but ultimately lost 31-24 at Lambeau Field. That being said, they covered for backers in the defeat.

Geno Smith had a mixed performance, completing 16-of-32 passes for 176 yards with one touchdown and one interception. He added seven rushes for 26 yards and a score. Eric Decker caught four passes for 63 yards and a touchdown, with Chris Ivory leading all backs with 13 rushing attempts for 43 yards and a trip into the end zone.

The New York defense looked good in the first half, but let things slip in the second, as Aaron Rodgers got hot. The Jets will want to perform better here on Monday night after letting one get away on the road.

Chicago, meanwhile, has momentum on its side after a terrific 28-20 road win over San Francisco on Sunday Night Football. The Bears scored 21 straight points in the fourth quarter to grab a shock victory and in turn cover the NFL betting lines as sizable underdogs.

Jay Cutler threw for 176 yards and four touchdown passes, three of which were caught by Brandon Marshall. Martellus Bennett also found the end zone, with the passing game more than making up for a lack of run presence. Matt Forte was stuffed for 21 yards on 12 carries in the win, and will aim to make more of an impact on the national stage in Week 3.

We'll continue to monitor the line movement, but at this moment in time we really like the value on Chicago. The Bears grabbed an outstanding win over a good 49ers team, and that should give them the confidence to get the job done again this week. Our lean's on Cutler and company for our NFL pick.

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