Even though we’ve reached the point in the season where games are starting to have no playoff implications, that doesn’t mean some of these meaningless games don’t have any NFL Odds value. For instance, the Bears are -3 favorites this week against Washington, with a total of 43.5.
NFL Picks: Bears -3.5 (-105)
Best Line Offered: at Heritage
Playing For Pride
When it comes to the Bears, they are playing for something the rest of the way outside of pride. Chicago will be evaluating talent sure, but they will also be trying out stuff for next season, because John Fox and crew will surely be back after he made the Bears basically a .500 team with little to no talent. The Bears will need a tight end next year after the injury and down year for Martellus Bennett, and while it may be the final year of Matt Forte in Chicago, the Bears’ Jeremy Langford has been very good so far, and should give the Redskins a ton of trouble in this one.
The Redskins are actually somehow still in the hunt for the NFC East, but do we really expect them to stay there for long? It might be the case this week even if they lose to the Bears. The Cowboys and Eagles are underdogs this week, while the Giants are on the road in Miami on Monday night. There could be a world where all four teams lose this week, and if that happens can we just not allow any of them into the playoffs and make another wildcard slot?
The last time these two teams met up was in 2013 during the height of RG3 witch hunt in DC, and they got into a shootout that the Skins actually won, 45-41. Who would have thought that Jay Cutler would outlive Robert Griffin III as a starting NFL quarterback three years ago? However, with Kurt Cousins in the game now, the Bears have the chance to get some turnovers in this one, and if they can do that they should win and cover against the NFL odds.
Although Cousins has thrown only two picks in his last five starts, he might have to put the ball in the air a little more this week. Chicago is tied for the fourth fewest touchdowns given up on the ground this season, and while they give up yards on the ground, they do a good job of bending and not breaking. Through the air, Chicago does not give up many yards, and rank second in the league in passing yards allowed behind only Denver. While they don’t create a ton of turnovers, their chances of turning Washington over this week are good.
The Sharp Pick
The most important thing for the Bears in this game is they look pretty healthy. Outside of losing Bennett, their offense looks like it’s 100 percent this week, which should be scary for the Skins. On top of that, most of their defensive injury concerns at least practiced in a limited fashion over the last few days, so with a Bears roster getting healthier down the stretch, it might be the play for me this week.
Washington is dealing with some important defensive injuries that could lead to the Bears offense to being even more viable this week. Perry Riley is out and Stephen Paea and Jason Hatcher are both questionable this week and both of the questionable guys have not practiced. If the latter two miss it’s going to take a ton away from the Skins pass rush, and with more time in the pocked Jay Cutler will find his receivers. All signs point to the Bears for me this week, so add them to your NFL picks.