Happy Monday y’all. If your a Giants fan like me week 5 brought closure to what will now be with 100% certainty a failure of a season. What better way to take your mind off the pain of your team sucking and employing a complete moron for a coach, then cashing tickets on Monday Night.
We are set to witness the beginning of the #Truthbisky era and if you, like most Bears fans, are expecting to see the flawless play that he displayed in the preseason then to you I say, not so fast. That being said we have seen a scrappiness from the Bears at home which coupled with their oline & dynamic running play I expect them to show up for this prime time spot.
As for the Vikings its another year of stellar defensive play and shitty QB luck. Much like their opponent the Vikings appear to be a serious threat to just about anyone at home, but leave a lot to be desired when on the road. As it stands now the expectation is that Sam Bradford will play but as my co-host Sean Green will happily tell you SAM BRADFORD IS NOT A FRANCHISE QB. Back him on the road at your on peril. Now on to the props.
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Monday Night Football Game Info
Time: Monday October 9th @ 5:30 PM Pacific
Location:Soldier Field, Chicago, Illinois
Weather: 66f and clear w/10mph winds
TV: ESPN(Sean McDonough, Jon Gruden)
Spread: Vikings -3.5
Monday Night Football Prop Bets – Five Ways to Get Paid
1. Tarik Cohen Over 55.5 total yards (-110) & Over 30.5 receiving yards (-110)
Tarik Cohen currently leads the Bears with 24 of 29 targets converted into 37.5 yards per game. Combine this with his 45.3 yards per game on the ground and you have a player who is averaging 82.8 yards per game. This already leads to a perfect correlated double dip, now enter a rookie QB, and what is a rookie QBs best friend…THE CHECK DOWN. Not sure why both these lines are egregiously low, but I’m not going to complain.
3. No Score 1st 7 minutes (-110)
Two defensive minded coaches in a divisional battle with familiarity. One rookie QB making their first start and another QB coming off injury. Yes please. Look for a slow start to this one and I will happily lay -110 that we wont see a score for the 1st 7 minutes.
4. Over 9.5 punts
PUNTS, nothing more fun then routing for punts, especially when there is $$$ on the line. Again echoing my sediments from the no score 1st seven minutes, we are dealing with a division matchup, with one QB making their first start and one who is just fucking conservative as he would be 2nd to last in ALEX if he had enough attempts to qualify. I look for this prop to get off to a fast start as both coaches ease their quarterbacks into the game.
5. Adam Thielen Over 5.5 receptions (+105)
Sammy Bradford is back and that can only mean one thing. Adam Thielen will get his tonight. He as averaged a very solid 8 targets and 6 catches per game. If you dive a little deeper you will notice that in the one game that Bradford played he went 9 for 10. So yes Bradford being back combined with the Bears porous, #22 DVOA, pass defense will mean we will hear Thielen’s name often as we easily get to 6+ catches.
Good luck and Let it Ride!!!