The NFL kicked off last week, and the action continues to heat up in Week 2. The Bears host the Seahawks this Monday night. For this game and every other primetime contest, we’ll break down the sports betting lines and recommend where to place your bets at DraftKings Sportsbook and FanDuel Sportsbook.
Keep an eye on injury news right up until kick off since things can change quickly in the NFL. Any player listed as questionable may see limited action or not suit up at all if they don’t respond well in warm-ups.
Week 2 Monday Night Football Sports Betting
Seattle Seahawks at Chicago Bears
Over/Under Total: 43
While the Bears eventually fell to a transcendent Aaron Rodgers, they impressed last Sunday night. Chicago’s defense has been on the rise under DC Vic Fangio. It received a huge boost by trading for Khalil Mack, who nearly stole the show with a strip sack and fumble recovery in addition several game-changing plays at Green Bay.
Mack is one of the most athletic pass rushers in history and should be able to corral Russell Wilson. The Bears also drafted Roquan Smith in the first round. The Seahawks’ makeshift offensive line could do little to protect Wilson in a Week 1 loss at Denver.
Still, Wilson has a way of making something out of nothing and is capable of leading the Seahawks over the low expected point total (19.25). Wilson was sacked six times and hit 11 times in the opener yet still threw for 298 yards and 3 TDs.
Without Mack last year, the Bears ranked fourth in yards allowed per pass, leaning on the physical cornerback duo of Prince Amukamara and Kyle Fuller to contain opposing receivers.
Seattle is notably short on receivers with Doug Baldwin (knee) out for multiple weeks and Paul Richardson now in Washington. The Seahawks are reportedly considering moving slot back C.J. Prosise outside, but the Bears were stout against opposing backs last season.
This sets up as a redemptive spot for Brandon Marshall against his former team. However, at the age of 33, he’s not necessarily equipped to win physical battles against the Bears’ young corners. The better option for Seattle will be slot-man Tyler Lockett, who steps in for the injured Baldwin. Chicago got burned by Randall Cobb in a collapse last week. Plus, their slot CB Bryce Callahan remains far more vulnerable than their outside corners.
Chicago was also stout against the run last year, allowing the ninth-lowest YPC (4.0) average and eighth-lowest first down percentage (19.7%) on runs. Chris Carson remains one of the safest bets in DFS contests as the superior back, but his upside is limited in a timeshare with rookie Rashaad Penny. Neither is a great option in Showdown contests on DraftKings.
With defensive leader Earl Thomas reporting the week of Seattle’s first game, the Seahawks looked disheveled at the back end. Emmanuel Sanders and company torched this once-proud unit, which has never been as consistent on the road.
Despite a shaky Week 1 performance, Mitch Trubisky is in play as a contrarian option in Showdown slates while the public targets Wilson. Trubisky did not appear to have any favorite weapons in a new offensive system under HC Matt Nagy and new OC Mark Helfrich.
Allen Robinson has the most upside of any Bears receiver, but new TE Trey Burton matches up best against a Seahawks defense that should be without two elite LBs in K.J. Wright (leg) and Bobby Wagner (groin). Seattle’s new top CB Shaq Griffin (groin) will try to play through a couple nagging injuries. But he could struggle to contain the athletic Robinson. Taylor Gabriel is an intriguing GPP option in DFS contests as a burner with big-play ability.
The Bears’ new-look offense employed Jordan Howard as more of a bellcow. Howard ran 24 passing route and played on 71 percent of offensive snaps, while receiving specialist Tarik Cohen (40%) backed him up.
Without those two aforementioned LBs, the Seahawks should have trouble stopping the run as Howard rumbles behind an improved offensive line. Trubisky’s inconsistent performance in the red zone makes Howard a potential candidate for MVP slots on the Showdown slate.
Since the Bears are likely to run the ball effectively, they could get ahead in this game and pressure Wilson relentlessly. It’s hard to count out Wilson, but taking an angry Chicago (-4.5) team at home is more appealing than banking on Russ producing magic in a tough matchup. The Under (43 points) would coincide with a Chicago win; it’d mean the Bears defense dominated a patchwork Seahawks offense. Interestingly, 60% of the money has come in on the road dog Seahawks.
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