Monday Night Football in Week 9 features two teams at or near the bottom of their respective divisions. The NFC North Chicago Bears travel west to play the AFC West San Diego Chargers in an inter-conference showdown in Southern California.
NFL Monday Night Football ends Week 9 of the regular season when the Chicago Bears head west to take on the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California.
Line: San Diego -4.5, Over/Under: 49
Chicago entering this game has an overall record of 2-5 straight up and 3-4 against the spread. The Bears on the road are 1-2 SU and 2-1 ATS. San Diego on the season has a record of 2-6 SU and 3-5 ATS. The Chargers at home are 2-2 SU and 1-3 ATS.
Chicago will be without its most versatile and best overall offensive player in this game. Matt Forte is equally dangerous running the ball as receiving it. However, he will miss the game with a knee injury suffered last week. San Diego will be without its best receiver Keenan Allen who is out for the season with a lacerated liver suffered last week.
The Chargers have lost four straight heading into this game. Quarterback Philip Rivers has thrown for 300 or more yards in 5 straight games, but the Chargers continue to fall short. During their 4-game losing streak, the Chargers have lost by a combined 18 points.
Jeremy Langford a rookie will carry the load for Chicago in Forte’s absence. Langford ran for 46 yards last week after Forte was injured. The Bears will look to run often to keep the clock running and keep the San Diego offense led by Rivers off the field.
Rivers has 13 touchdown passes and just 3 interceptions over his past 5 games and the team is No. 1 in the NFL in offense averaging 423 yards per game, but is No. 28 in points allowed on defense at over 28 per game.
Jay Cutler the talented Chicago quarterback has 11 wins in 15 games against opponents from the AFC.
San Diego tight end Antonio Gates is in 19th place all-time for touchdown receptions with 101.
The favorite has covered the spread in each of the past 4 games between the two teams. The team at home has covered the spread in four straight meetings between the two teams.
Sharp Money: A lean toward the Bears on this one