It’s Monday night, and that means that there is just one more game with which to handicap on the NFL card. The Chicago Bears will play host to the Dallas Cowboys in this edition of Monday Night Football, and we have some great MNF props covered so you can find an alternative way to beat the NFL betting lines in this one.
Tony Romo Under 260.5 Passing Yards – Romo really hasn’t done a lot through the air over the course of the last few weeks, throwing for 225, 234, and 128 yards in his last three games. The team actually has a more balanced run to pass ratio than you would have figured out of an offense that, on paper, should be a high flying unit, and we expect that against the worst rated rush defense in the league, Dallas is going to be doing more running and less passing in this one. Romo might not put the ball in the air more than 30 times in this one, especially with RB DeMarco Murray now running healthy and looking good. Another concern for us? Romo has now gone two and a half games without a single pass over 25 yards. It’s also not going to help Romo that game-time temperatures are expected to be around 15 degrees, and it’s supposed to be as windy as could be in the Windy City.
Tony Romo Under 36.5 Pass Attempts – See above.
DeMarco Murray Over 89.5 Rushing Yards – With RB Lance Dunbar out for the season after tearing his knee on Thanksgiving, Murray is going to get a lot more of the burden put on his shoulders. We just can’t see RB Joseph Randle, who was rather awful when he was thrown into the starting role, stealing all that many carries when push comes to shove. Murray hasn’t had a remarkable game yet since coming back but he hasn’t been tested by being given the ball 20 times either. He has averaged at least 5.6 yards per carry in three of his four games, and if he does that in this one, he’ll not just have 90 yards, but he’ll have 150 yards against this Chicago defense, which is allowing over 150 rushing yards per game.
DeMarco Murray To Score a Touchdown (-125) – It’s not a remarkable price considering the fact that Murray only has a total of seven touchdowns on the season, but after he scored three last week on Thanksgiving, there is no reason not to believe that he won’t be able to gash this Chicago defense with its porous front seven for at least one touchdown significantly more often than not.
Matt Forte Over 37.5 Receiving Yards – If you go under the assumption that it’s going to be really difficult to work the ball up the field in the deep passing game because of the wind and the cold temperatures tonight, the man that should be doing well from a receiving standpoint is Forte. He is going to set a career high in all likelihood in receiving yards for a season, and there’s a good chance that he can get five or six catches in this game for at least 40 or 50 yards just by being a safety net out of the backfield. The Dallas linebacker corps has been devastated by injuries over the course of the whole season, and the bodies just aren’t there to keep track of one of the thriftiest running backs in the entire league.
Longest Touchdown of the Game Under 45.5 Yards – You can thank Mother Nature for all of this. There were gobs and gobs of touchdowns yesterday scored in the Winter Wonderlands of the Northeast, but we just can’t see that being the case in this one because of all of the wind that is going to be present. These two teams aren’t exactly known for their massive strikes down the field one way or the other, and remember to add in there the fact that QB Josh McCown is playing quarterback and not QB Jay Cutler. Perhaps there will be some fluky touchdown that goes for 50 yards or something of the sorts, but we just don’t see this happening more often than not in these conditions.
Longest Successful Field Goal Under 44.5 Yards – We don’t even think that either of these teams are going to have the fortitude to try a kick from this far, knowing that the winds are expected to be cross winds off of the lakes in Chicago.
Total Successful Field Goals Kicked Under 3.5 – Thanks, Mother Nature.
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