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WHAT’S ON TAP IN SPORTS FOR MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2019:
The Chicago Bears take on the Washington Redskins in Monday Night Football, closing down Week 3 of the 2019 NFL season. The Major League Baseball brings just five games Monday night, so let’s take a closer look at the full schedule and our free betting picks of the day:
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Phillies +158 at Nationals -168
Orioles +130 at Blue Jays -140
Red Sox +176 at Rays -186
Marlins +180 at Mets -190
Cardinals -125 at Diamondbacks +115
Bears at Redskins (+4.0)
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- Miami Marlins vs. New York Mets
The New York Mets will almost certainly miss the playoffs for the third straight year. Theoretically, they still have a chance, trailing 4.5 games behind the wild-card spot. Hereof, the Mets should beat the Marlins in the opening contest of a four-game series in New York.
The Marlins have nothing to play for. They lost 11 of the last 13 games overall and eight of the previous 12 outings on the road. On the other side, the Mets won nine of their last 13 contests overall and five of their previous seven showings at home.
The Mets have been dominating the Marlins lately, winning 13 of the last 17 head-to-head encounters. Likewise, the Mets are 11-1 in their last 12 home meetings with Miami.
Caleb Smith will toe the slab for the Marlins. He’s 9-10 this season with a 4.24 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP. The Marlins lost seven of Caleb’s last nine starts. Steven Matz will get the ball for the hosts, and the lefty is 10-9 this term with a 4.16 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP. Matz is 4-3 in his 11 starts against Miami.
The Mets covered the spread in five of their last six wins over Miami. Also, their last six wins overall before Sunday’s clash with Cincinnati came by two or more runs. Therefore, I’m backing the hosts to cover.
- New York Mets +100 over Miami Marlins by two or more runs
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- Chicago Bears vs. Washington Redskins
The Chicago Bears meet the Washington Redskins for the first time since 2016. The Redskins won the last seven H2H duels, covering six times in the process. However, the things have changed, and the Redskins will have a tall task to extend their winning streak.
Washington opened the season with two losses to their divisional rivals. They lost 32-27 at Philadelphia in Week 1, while the Cowboys outlasted the Redskins 31-21 in Texas last week. While their offense is racking up 338.0 total yards per game, the Redskins’ defense is allowing whopping 459.0 yards in a return.
Case Keenum threw for 601 yards and five touchdowns, but the Redskins’ ground game was terrible in the first two weeks. Now, they face one of the best defensive units in the league. It’s hard to expect the Redskins’ rushing to improve in this clash.
The Bears are surrendering just 68.5 rushing yards per game. They did a terrific job in the first two weeks of the season, but the Bears’ offense was a big issue. After scoring only three points in the opening loss to Green Bay, Chicago defeated Denver 16-14 on the road, scoring one touchdown.
Mitch Trubisky has been struggling big time. He’s still looking for the first TD pass on the season. Trubisky has tossed for just 348 yards and an interception thus far. The Bears’ ground game will also have to improve after tallying 99.5 yards per contest.
Despite all offensive problems, the Bears’ defense will torture Case Keenum and Redskins’ offense. Likewise, the clash with Washington’s defense is a perfect opportunity for the Bears to find some offensive rhythm.
I expect the Bears to win on the road. Covering a 4-point spread will be a tricky job, as this clash could be easily decided by a field goal late in the 4th quarter. Still, I hope the Bears’ defense to make a difference and shut down the Redskins. Take the visitors to cover.
- Chicago Bears -4.0 at -110