Bears vs Redskins NFL betting picks and predictions: Ground game to ignite Bears offense

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The Chicago Bears came into this season with Super Bowl aspirations but have stumbled to a 1-1 record thanks to a stagnant offense. They’ll hope to get that offense revved up on Monday night as they take on a Washington Redskins team that has started the year 0-2. From the first whistle to the last we break down the odds with our best bets and predictions for Monday Night Football.

CHICAGO BEARS AT WASHINTON REDSKINS (+4.5, 41)

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The Bears offense has really struggled through the first two games of the year, scoring just a single touchdown. One bright spot has been the emergence of second-year kicker Eddy Pineiro who has connected on all four of his field goal attempts including one from 53 yards out last week.

While the Redskins have scored seven TDs so far this year they’re going to have a much harder time getting into the endzone against this Bears stop unit. Bet on the first score of the game being a field goal.

PICK: First Score Method – Field Goal (+100)

FIRST HALF BET

Both of these teams have problems on offense. Washington quarterback Case Keenum has actually played pretty well through the first two weeks but he doesn’t have much in the way of weapons (although ten years ago Adrian Peterson and Vernon Davis would have been great). He’s going to get beaten up against Khalil Mack and company, especially with Washington’s best offensive lineman Trent Williams still holding out.

Despite going second overall in the 2017 draft, Chicago QB Trubisky hasn’t progressed as hoped. Actually that’s an understatement: Trubisky has averaged just 4.8 yards per attempt this season which is barely more than what the Bears average per carry (4.5 yards per rush). That’s exactly as awful as it sounds. Expect both offenses to struggle early and take the 1H Under.

PICK: First Half Under 20 (-105)

TEAM/PLAYER PROP

Bears running back David Montgomery came into this season with pretty high expectations for a third round draft pick and although he only received six carries in Week 1 he received a bigger workload in Week 2, rumbling for 62 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries.

This is the perfect spot for Bears coach Matt Nagy to unleash his rookie, with Washington second-last in the NFL in run defense, allowing an average of 168 yards per game on the ground. Take the Over on Montgomery’s rushing yards total.

PICK: David Montgomery Over 59.5 rushing yards (-115)

FULL GAME TOTAL

Not only will these teams struggle to score early, they’ll probably have a hard time putting points on the board all day. The Bears have a terrific defensive unit and will make life miserable for Keenum. When Chicago gets the ball expect them to rely on their run game with Montgomery and control the clock.

Add in the fact that the Bears rank 25th in the league with 60.5 plays per game and the Skins rank 28th with 56.5, and you have all the makings for a slow-paced matchup.

The Under is 7-0 in the Bears last seven games going back to last season and I’m backing it again on Monday night.

PICK: Under 41

FULL GAME SIDE

Like we’ve mentioned a few times, the Bears offense has looked really bad. But even they should be able to move the chains – at least slightly – against a Redskins defense that has allowed the third-most yards (455 yards per game) and the second-most points (31.5 ppg) in the league.

The Bears still have the talent to get their offense in sync and emerge as Super Bowl contenders while the Redskins are one of the worst teams in the league and are really just biding time until they can hand the reigns of their team over to rookie QB Dwayne Haskins.

The Bears are 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games while the Redskins are 1-4 ATS in their previous five contests at home. Take the Bears to win and cover.

PICK: Chicago -4.5

Canucks vs Golden Knights picks and predictions for Game 1

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Perhaps no team has been more fun to follow during the NHL playoffs than the Vancouver Canucks, and hockey bettors can still get the Canucks at +1,300 to hoist Lord Stanley’s cup. Vancouver is coming off a thrilling series win against the defending champion St. Louis Blues, but now a much more difficult challenge awaits. The Vegas Golden Knights are +350 favorites to win it all, and they’ve certainly looked the part while dropping only one playoff contest.

Game 1 of this series gets underway Sunday, so we’re here to bring you our NHL picks and predictions in this Western Conference semifinal showdown.

Vancouver Canucks vs Vegas Golden Knights betting preview

Starting Goalies

Canucks: Jacob Markstrom – playoffs – 7-3, 2.44 GAA, .929 SV% (season – 23-16, 2.75 GAA, .918 SV%)

Golden Knights: Robin Lehner – playoffs – 5-1, 2.44 GAA, .904 SV% (season – 19-10, 2.89, .920 SV%)

If this game was actually played in Las Vegas, then Markstrom could easily spend a few hours performing with Cirque du Soleil. The 30-year-old dazzled against Blues with an eye-opening array of acrobatic saves and an impressive 7-3 record. He’ll need to provide more of the same against a dangerous Vegas squad.

The Knights will likely roll with Robin Lehner, who has taken over the spot as Vegas’s starter in the crease—and rightfully so. Still, the Knights have the luxury of having Marc-Andre Fleury as their “backup.” The five-time All-Star matched an NHL record this season with his 14th consecutive playoff appearance.

Injuries

Vancouver: Tyler Myers D (out), Tyler Toffoli RW (out), Micheal Ferland LW (out), Josh Leivo LW (out)

Vegas: Tomas Nosek LW (out)

Betting Trend to Know

Canucks are 0-6 in their last six Sunday games. Find the latest NHL betting trends for Canucks vs. Golden Knights.

MONEYLINE PICK

The Canucks have been a force with the extra man during the postseason, converting 26.2% of their power plays. While the Knights are known for their offensive firepower, it’s their stingy defense that allows them to suffocate opponents—as evidenced by an 86.4% penalty kill during their playoff run. Vancouver is the only team in the league to never beat Vegas in regulation, going 0-11 all time. That’s something I just can’t ignore.

PREDICTION: Vegas ML (-175)

OVER/UNDER PICK

Each team is filled with loads of offensive talent. Vancouver’s Bo Horvat and J.T. Miller have combined for 11 goals thus far. Elias Pettersson has racked up 13 points, tied with Colorado’s Nathan MacKinnon for the playoff lead.

The Knights can match Vancouver’s scorers, but they’re more balanced—Shea Theodore, Alex Tuch and Mark Stone have each lit the lamp four times during the postseason. The difference is on defense, where Vancouver has allowed the most high-danger chances of all remaining playoff teams.

PREDICTION: Over 5.5 (-110)

PROP PICK

Though I like Vegas to win, I wouldn’t be surprised if the Canucks kept it close and continued their offensive success. I’ll take a flyer on Vancouver scoring at least three goals.

PREDICTION: Canucks total goals Over 2.5 (-100)

Canucks vs Golden Knights Betting Card

  • Vegas ML (-175)
  • Over 5.5 (-110)
  • Canucks total goals Over 2.5 (-100)
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Verlander injury shuffles Astros’ MLB futures odds

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MLB betting got a shake-up Sunday afternoon, specifically on World Series odds and AL pennant odds, with news that Astros star pitcher Justin Verlander could miss the rest of the season – or at least a significant chunk of it – with an arm injury.

Initial reports suggested Verlander had an elbow ailment, but both he and manager Dusty Baker quickly denied that. Baker called it a forearm strain and said that Verlander would be re-evaluated in “a couple of weeks.” The reigning AL Cy Young winner pitched a solid six innings in an 8-2 Opening Day rout of the Seattle Mariners on Friday.

Verlander’s injury led oddsmakers to shuffle futures book odds on the defending AL champions. Covers checked in on the MLB odds moves with a couple of Las Vegas sportsbooks.

How does Verlander’s injury affect Astros’ World Series odds?

At CG Technology books, risk analyst Rich Zanco said the Astros quickly moved from +1,200 to +1,800 in World Series futures. The SuperBook at Westgate also had Houston pegged +1,200 prior to Sunday’s news and initially went to +1,600, then dialed it a little further to +1,800.

However, there were apparently buyers on the Astros at that point, prompting the SuperBook to reel the price in to +1,400.

How does Verlander’s injury affect Astros’ American League odds?

In AL pennant futures, the Astros initially moved from +600 to +800 at The SuperBook, then ticked back to +700.

World Series odds

Team Odds to win
Los Angeles Dodgers +350
New York Yankees +350
Houston Astros +600
Atlanta Braves +1,600
Minnesota Twins +1,600
Tampa Bay Rays +1,800
Washington Nationals +2,000
Cleveland Indians +2,000
New York Mets +2,000
Chicago Cubs +2,000
Oakland Athletics +2,000
St. Louis Cardinals +2,500
Cincinnati Reds +2,500
San Diego Padres +2,500
Philadelphia Phillies +3,000
Chicago White Sox +3,000
Los Angeles Angels +3,000
Milwaukee Brewers +4,000
Boston Red Sox +5,000
Arizona Diamondbacks +6,000
Colorado Rockies +8,000
Toronto Blue Jays +10,000
Texas Rangers +10,000
Pittsburgh Pirates +20,000
Detroit Tigers +20,000
San Francisco Giants +30,000
Seattle Mariners +30,000
Miami Marlins +30,000
Baltimore Orioles +30,000
Kansas City Royals +30,000

Odds courtesy The SuperBook