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Betting the Bears: Steelers are MNF warriors

The Bears are a touchdown underdogs on the road again

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Halfway through the season and the rest of the schedule doesn’t look promising for the Bears to turn this ship around.

They’re 3-5 and still have a game against the Packers, two against the Vikings, the Ravens, at the Seahawks and the Cardinals.

While they do have the Lions and Giants, outside of those their next best chance for a win appears to perhaps be Monday night against Pittsburgh.

But Monday nights at Heinz Field aren’t actually great for opponents. The Pittsburgh Steelers have the most wins on Monday Night Football of any team and won 18 straight at home on MNF until they lost to the Washington Football Team late last year.

The Bears on the other hand, are 32-40 on MNF.

It isn’t shaping up great for the Bears.

In other, not-so-great news, eight people in the WCG Survivor league took a strike on the Bengals last week, but overall no one was eliminated. The picks are getting tougher and we’re starting to see more and more upsets every week.

Over in the pick ‘ems, MonstersoftheMidway continues to hold on to his lead with 83 points. Macksmith is close behind with 81. The high scorer last week was 11 points from Keri’s picks.

Now, on to the big one.

Chicago Bears at Pittsburgh Steelers (-6, O/U 39)

DraftKings Sportsbook has the Bears as six-point road underdogs for Monday night.

The Steelers are playing better than the start of the season but still don’t look like a team poised for a deep playoff run.

They’ve had some injuries, they have a quarterback who appears to be at the end of his career but they have a lot of talent.

People are betting on the Bears as the line has moved down some and everyone is hammering the under because it’s dropped from 40.5 to 39.

The Bears under Nagy are 2-2 on Monday Night Football and the same record against the spread in those contests. Last season were both of the losses. On the road they’re 1-1 against the number on Monday night; winning at Washington in 2019 and losing at Los Angeles last season.

Chicago is just trending in the wrong direction and it makes it so hard to pick them.

Neither the Bears nor Steelers has been particularly good at covering (Bears are 3-5 against the spread, Steelers are 3-4).

With all that said, I can look at all the stats I want but nothing is really standing out to make me say “this is the side to be on.” So with that said I’m taking the points and the Bears.

Neither offense is very good and the defenses are strong, so I think that it will be a close game and I think the Bears can keep it within the six, even if they may not ultimately win.

I’m taking the under too, 39 points is very low but still, neither offense averages more than 18 points a game, so I just don’t see how it will get enough to hit the over.

For survivor I am going to take the Cowboys. Dak Prescott is going to be back and they’re at home.

My picks; Bears +6, under 39, Cowboys (survivor)

Bears picks record: 3-5 ATS, 5-11