The 2-5 Chicago Bears travel to San Diego to take on the 2-6 Chargers in this weeks Monday night matchup. Both teams are coming off three point losses in which they were leading heading into the 4th quarter. The Bears lost 23-20 to the Minnesota Vikings and the Chargers lost 29-26 to the Baltimore Ravens. Both teams enter this game with key players being out due injury. For the Chargers, receiver Keenan Allen suffered a lacerated kidney last week and that is a big loss for the Chargers as he had 67 catches through 8 games which is tied for the third most all time. For the Bears, Matt Forte will be out with a right knee injury suffered last week and receiver Eddie Royal will miss this game with a injured left knee.
Phillip Rivers continued his great play this season by completing 28 passes for 303 yards and 3 touchdowns. His favorite target was Malcolm Floyd who had 4 catches for 92 yards and 2 touchdowns. They had some trouble rushing the ball as they only gained 81 yards on 26 carries. Defensively they were able to stop the rushing game but had trouble with the passing game. Baltimore only rushed for 72 yards on 25 carries but Joe Flacco was able to complete 25 passes for 319 yards but only 1 touchdown. While the Chargers did a good job keeping the Ravens out of the end-zone, they couldn’t get stops as Baltimore made 5 field goals including the game winner as time expired. They were able to sack Flacco 3 times for a loss of 26 yards.
The Bears played decent on both sides of the ball in their loss last week. Offensively they didn’t commit any turnovers but were only able to score 1 touchdown. Their other touchdown came on a punt return in the first quarter. Jay Cutler didn’t make any mistakes but he wasn’t great either as he threw for 211 yards and a touchdown. His favorite target was Alshon Jeffrey who caught 10 passes for 116 yards and a touchdown. Defensively, they just couldn’t finish the game. They were leading 13-10 going into the 4th quarter but gave up 2 field goals and a touchdown to lose by 3. Although they did have an interception, they were only able to sack Bridgewater once and had only tackles for losses.
The Chargers have lost their last 4 games and 3 of those losses were by 7 points or less. The Bears have lost their last 2 games in a row and both of them were by 3 points. These teams hang around games but just can’t seem to finish. The Bears are 3-4 against the spread this year including 2-1 on the road. The Chargers are 3-5 this year but only 1-2 at home. The Chargers lead league with 423 yards per game and the Bears are 4th in league at allowing only 214 passing yards per game. The Chargers are favorites in this game, which should come down to the wire.
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