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NFL Betting Preview: Chicago Bears vs. Washington Commanders
October 5, 2023
Week 5 of the NFL season will kick off on Thursday night when the 0-4 Chicago Bears travel to the nation's Capital to take on the 2-2 Washington Commanders.
Both teams are coming off close losses in week 4 with the Bears losing to the Denver Broncos by a score of 28-31 while the Commanders lost in overtime against the Philadelphia Eagles by a score of 31-34. Will the Bears finally get their first win of the season or will the Commanders end their two-game losing streak? Let’s take a look at how these teams have fared this season.
The Chicago Bears enter this game with a record of 0-4 following a 28-31 loss at home against the Denver Broncos while the game ended in a push in week 4 of the NFL season. Chicago scored 28 points while compiling a total of 471 yards offensively which included 335 passing yards and 171 rushing yards while allowing 31 points and 311 total yards defensively which included 223 passing yards and 97 rushing yards. Justin Fields led the team in passing, completing 28 of 35 attempts for 335 yards with four touchdowns and an interception while rushing for 25 yards. Khalil Herbert led the team in rushing with 18 carries for 103 yards while adding four receptions for 19 yards and a touchdown. D.J. Moore led the team in receiving, catching eight of nine targets for 131 yards and a touchdown.
Washington enters this game with a record of 2-2 following a 31-34 loss in overtime on the road against the Philadelphia Eagles while covering the 8.5-point spread as a road underdog in week 4 of the NFL season. The Commanders scored 31 points while compiling 365 total yards offensively which included 290 passing yards and 107 rushing yards while allowing 34 points and 415 total yards defensively which included 319 passing yards and 104 rushing yards. Sam Howell led the team in passing, completing 29 of 41 attempts for 290 yards and a touchdown while adding 40 rushing yards. Brian Robinson Jr. led the team in rushing with 14 carries for 45 yards and a touchdown while adding two receptions for six yards. Terry McLaurin led the team in receiving, catching eight of ten targets for 86 yards.
BookMaker has the Washington Commanders listed as 6.5-point favorites at home against the Chicago Bears on Thursday night in week 5 of the NFL season. Washington has won eight of the last ten and two of the last three matchups while going 8-2 ATS in the last ten and 2-1 ATS in the last three games in the series. Chicago is 0-3-1 ATS overall, 0-2 ATS on the road, and 0-2-1 ATS as an underdog this season while the Washington Commanders are 2-2 ATS overall, 0-2 ATS at home, and 0-1 ATS as a favorite on the year.
Washington enters this game with a better record and has been the dominant team in the series, winning eight of the last ten and two of the last three games. The Commanders are 8-2 ATS in the last ten and 2-1 ATS in the last three matchups while also being the better team at covering the spread this season going 2-2 ATS overall while the Bears are 0-3-1 ATS overall. I look for those trends to continue which is why I am buying the .5 point and taking the Washington Commanders -6 on BookMaker for this matchup on Thursday night.
Spooky Express Pick: Washington Commanders -6
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