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Phillip Rivers and the injury-riddled, inconsistent Chargers are listed as 4.5-point favorites against the Bears at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. The Bears go in with both Forte and WR Eddie Royal sidelined by knee injuries.
Quarterback Jay Cutler and the Bears are 2-5 SU and and 3-4 ATS for the season, but 7-3 SU and 7-2-1 ATS in their last 10 games in AFC stadiums. Chicago is also 4-0 SU in their last four Week 9 games. Promising Jeremy Langford will inherit much of Forte’s workload as he and the Bears’ struggling offensive line take on San Diego’s weak defense, which is ranked 29th in Football Outsiders’ efficiency rankings and dead last against the run.
Chargers star DE Corey Liuget (foot) also has a nagging injury. Cutler, who has been covering for many of the Bears’ ills, could also have advantageous matchups for WR Alshon Jeffrey and TE Martellus Bennett. San Diego’s best defender, FS Eric Weddle, is also hampered by a groin injury.
Bears coach John Fox is also 8-3 against the Chargers in his career.
Like Cutler, Rivers has been vital in keeping his team from total freefall as San Diego is 2-6 SU and 3-5 ATS. The elite QB is facing a very bad defense. The Bears are ranked 28th in that aforementioned efficiency ranking and Rivers’ quick release will likely render an already weak pass rush even more of a nonfactor. The Chargers are 7-3 SU and 5-5 ATS in their last 10 games against NFC teams at Qualcomm Stadium.
However, the Chargers are 0-5 ATS in their last five games following an ATS win, and are 1-7 ATS in their last eight games as favorites according to the OddsShark NFL Database. Even without star WR Keenan Allen (kidney), the Chargers will produce an air show. Their running game is a question mark, as rookie RB Melvin Gordon has been struggling all season and the Chargers’ offensive line stability has been a moving target.
The total for Monday night’s Bears vs. Chargers betting matchup is set at 49.5 points at the sportsbooks. The total has gone OVER in 18 of Chicago’s last 25 road games, including seven of their last eight road games in November.
Bears vs. Chargers pick: Bears ATS, Chargers SU