The Chicago Bears and Detroit Lions are going to duke it out on Monday Night Football in Motown on Monday Night, and here at Bang the Book, we’re going to take our picks for some of the MNF props on the board for one of the biggest games of the weekend!
Brandon Pettigrew Over 47.5 Receiving Yards: Believe it or not, Pettigrew has just two fewer receptions than WR Calvin Johnson this year. His number of targets is going up virtually every single game, and that bodes well for this game. He has 17 receptions and 176 yards over the last two games combined. We just don’t see how he isn’t going to approach the 50+ yard barrier in this one.
Jay Cutler Under 245.5 Passing Yards: Cutler has a dark, dark history in primetime football, and there has been a new commitment to the rushing game in the Windy City. RB Matt Forte had over 200 yards on the ground last week, and if that type of commitment keeps up this week, it’s going to be hard to get Cutler near 250 yards. Remember that there just aren’t any stud receivers on this team, and a mass portion of Cutler’s passes go just a few yards down the field to Forte. Getting to this number is going to be tough, even if you do believe that the Bears are going to be playing catch up the whole game.
Longest Touchdown Of The Game Over 46.5 Yards: Just look at some of the names out there in this game. WR Calvin Johnson, WR/KR Devin Hester, RB Jahvid Best… all guys that can take the football 50+ yards in a heartbeat. Remember that these two defenses have been ball-hawking as well, and both can take one the other way for six to boot. In a game that should feature plenty of scores, we have to think that at least one goes for at least 47 yards.
Matt Stafford Over 260.5 Passing Yards: Why not? So far this year, Stafford has thrown for 240 yards, 378 yards, 294 yards, and 305 yards, and this is the biggest spectacle that he has had in his entire career. Head Coach Jim Schwartz has the former Georgia Bulldog throwing the pigskin all over the field, and that shouldn’t change this week. Look for him to take a number of shots down the field, and with some great receivers, he’ll inevitably get one or two of them. The Bears were torched for over 300 passing yards by QB Cam Newton last week. Stafford should get to that barrier as well. This passing yardage total is just far, far too low.
Total Sacks Under 4.5: Many think that this is going to be a pass happy game, and because of that, there should be plenty of sacks. We beg to differ. These two teams only have 17 sacks between them this year in four games apiece, which is only just a shade over four per game in total. The offensive line for Detroit has done a nice job keeping QB Matt Stafford clean, which is a key to keeping him healthy and keeping its season alive as a legitimate Super Bowl contender. Could there be five sacks in this game? Certainly. However, we think that more often than not, we’re getting the winning side in this one, and at a price of +110 at BetOnline, we know that we’re getting a steal.
Aaron Ryan has been in the sportswriting biz since the late-90s, and he has worked side by side with some of the best and brightest in sports gambling. Always searching for the best trends in sports, Andrew uses his brilliant math mind to his advantage to beat the books.