NFL Odds Preview and Predictions: Washington at Chicago

Posted by Aaron . on December 12, 2015 in

The Chicago Bears (5-7) welcome the Washington Redskins (5-7) to Soldier Field for a NFL odds matchup between two teams that are befuddling their fan bases. The Bears have been much better on the road than they have been at home lately (1-8 straight up in their last nine home contests) but they have played well on the road. Chicago is a 1-point favorite, and the over-under total is 44.

Why the Bears are the smart pick:

Chicago had just finished winning three of four, including an upset victory at Lambeau Field to knock off the Green Bay Packers, but then they lost at home, inexplicably, to the San Francisco 49ers 26-20 in overtime. The Bears had an early lead, but Jay Cutler threw another one of his pick-sixes. Even so, Chicago had two other seven-point leads but let the Niners tie things up again. Even in overtime, the Bears had a 36-yard field goal lined up for (usually) automatic kicker Robbie Gould, but he missed. The Bears won time of possession by more than 12 minutes and gained 73 more yards on offense. Usually teams like that win, but not this time. They’re playing well enough for you to expect them to win, especially after that Monday Night loss the Redskins gave to Dallas last week.

Maybe you should pick the Redskins, though:


Two weeks ago, Washington beat the New York Giants to move into a share of the lead in the NFC East. However, you saw the worst of the Redskins in their 19-16 loss at home to Dallas on Monday Night Football. DeSean Jackson fielded a punt at his 22, decided to reverse field and go all the way back to his 2-yard line, and then fumbled around the 9, a field so short that Dallas couldn’t help but score. However, even though Kirk Cousins was able to throw a deep ball to Jackson for a touchdown on the next drive, the Redskins then permitted a long kickoff return and a long Dan Bailey field goal for a Cowboy win. You can’t blame this game on Cousins, though, as he went 22 for 31 and has thrown 11 touchdowns against only 2 picks in the last five games. The Redskins defense has kept three of their last four opponents below 20 points.

Final NFL Odds Betting Predictions

In their last nine road games, the Redskins are 0-9 straight up. I think the Bears have been slightly more consistent, and the Redskins won’t be in their friendly confines, so I like the Bears to win and cover here.