The last two teams of the week to kick it off on Monday Night Football betting action this week are the Chicago Bears and the Detroit Lions. Check out some of the NFL prop bets that are available at BetDSI, as we analyze the betting lines and see which sides to play.
Mikel Leshoure Under 62.5 Rushing Yards (-115): If you can figure out how the rushing attack works for the Lions, please let us know. It seems as though RB Joique Bell has been stealing some carries of late, and we never know when RB Kevin Smith might get back in the fold as well as a third down type of back. Meanwhile, any way that you slice it, the Lions are in a heck of a lot of trouble on the ground against a defense that is allowing less than 70 yards per game on the ground this year. It would be really difficult to see Leshoure get anywhere near the 60+ yard mark without ripping a long one off, something that the Bears just haven’t conceded for the most part this year.
Matt Forte Over 108.5 Rushing + Receiving Yards (-115): The weather is expected to be lousy in the Windy City on Monday night, and that might mean more work for Forte. What surprises us this year is that the Chicago rusher has just 10 receptions on the campaign, and he is going to have to do a heck of a lot more to beat this type of yardage total. Still, with the rain and wind in the forecast, we just can’t see QB Jay Cutler forcing the ball up the field the same way that he has in recent weeks, and that means more check downs to Forte and the other short options that he has to work with. Forte is arguably the best pass catching back in the league, and we would be surprised to not see him get into the 40s or 50s as a receiver when push comes to shove. If that turns out to be the case, we’ll take our chances that the featured back in this offense will get his 13-15 carries for 60-70 yards.
Brandon Marshall Under 6.5 Receptions (-115): Detroit’s corners are terrible, but this isn’t a tough one to figure out. Marshall is literally the only healthy receiver that the Bears have at this point. WR Alshon Jeffrey is out for at least the next three or four weeks, WR Johnny Knox is on the shelf for another two weeks or more, and WR Devin Hester is hurting as well. So who else do the Lions have to focus in on? TE Kellen Davis? WR Dane Sanzenbacher? Needless to say, Chicago just doesn’t have the options on the outside, and between the lack of options that are going to need to be covered and the fact that the weather is going to be lousy, we think that Cutler is going to have a tough time getting the ball to Marshall, who is clearly going to be seeing double coverage over the course of the whole game.
Lance Briggs Over 5.5 Tackles + Assists (+100): It is amazing to us to see Briggs with the exact same over/under as his teammate, LB Brian Urlacher. It is Briggs, not Urlacher that is truly the captain of this defense now, and he is the one that is flying all over the place and making the big time plays. Remember that Briggs has had at least six solo tackles in three of his five games this year, and he has had a bunch of those tackles in coverage as well. Detroit loves to check down to its backs and tight ends, and that means that Briggs is likely to be a force in the passing game (where, for the record, he also has a pair of pick sixes on the campaign), and of course, on the ground, where the majority of this game will be played if the weather doesn’t cooperate.
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.