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All about the primetime home underdog in my Week 3 MNF pick against the spread

We could be in line for a defensive battle to close out Week 3. Here’s why I’m taking underdog Washington.

Washington linebackers Ryan Kerrigan and Montez Sweat sack quarterback Dak Prescott of the Dallas Cowboys in first half action at FedExField on September 15, 2019 in Landover, Maryland. Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images

The Chicago Bears travel to face Washington in a Monday Night Football matchup of 80s rivals that is a bit of a stinker in 2019. It’s too early to say that either is definitively out of their divisional race, but both badly need a win to get their respective seasons on track.

The Bears opened as a 4.5-point favorite at the DraftKings Sportsbook, but the line has climbed to six points as kickoff approaches. The point total is set at 42. The Bears are coming off a 16-14 road win over the Denver Broncos to improve to 1-1, while Washington lost 31-21 in a home game against the Dallas Cowboys to drop to 0-2. Chicago is 0-2 against the spread, while Washington is 1-1.

Washington’s losses came at Philadelphia and at home to Dallas, so they are losing to fairly quality opponents. Chicago lost a defensive battle to Green Bay in Week 1, and benefited from a shaky penalty call for a last second Week 2 win. Mitchell Trubisky is scuffling, and now faces a Washington defense that has given up a lot of points but should give him some trouble.

A home underdog often offers intrigue, and primetime only adds to it. Washington could very well lose this game, but I don’t see a Chicago blowout in the cards. I’m laying the points, and I would consider the under in what should be a stiff defensive competition.

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