The NFL Week 9 betting schedule concludes with a rare matchup between the Chicago Bears and Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday Night Football. The teams have played 12 times since the 1970 merger with the last taking place in 2017.
The Bears have won the last three encounters, but the clubs are headed in opposite directions ahead of this matchup. The Bears have lost three in a row SU and ATS while the Steelers moved above .500 on the strength of a three-game winning streak. Pittsburgh is a 6.5-point favorite on the NFL betting line.
The Week 9 NFL game between the Chicago Bears and Pittsburgh Steelers will take place at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, PA at 8:15 p.m. ET on Monday, November 8 and will be televised on ESPN.
Chicago Bears vs Pittsburgh Steelers Odds
Chicago Bears +6.5 | Pittsburgh Steelers -6.5 [BET NOW]
Chicago Bears vs Pittsburgh Steelers Money Line
Chicago Bears +150 | Pittsburgh Steelers -325 [BET NOW]
Chicago Bears vs Pittsburgh Steelers Over/Under
Over/Under 38.5 [BET NOW]
After hitting the board with Pittsburgh as a 5-point favorite, the line steadily increased during the week getting up to Pittsburgh -6.5. It’s not a surprise that the betting public would flock to the Steelers considering recent results and the trajectory of the teams.
The Bears allowed more than 30 points in each of their last two games and lost the last three all by double-digits. Pittsburgh followed up a 3-game SU and ATS skid by winning its last three improving to 4-3 SU and 3-4 ATS. They are 6-1 against the UNDER with the total of 38.5 for Monday’s game the lowest in any of their games this season.
Coach Matt Nagy is expected back on the sideline after missing the Week 8 contest due to COVID. That could actually be a bad thing for an offense that hasn’t been very good. The Bears scored 22 points last week, their second-highest point total of the season and just the fourth time they’ve scored at least 20 points in a game. Needless to say they need to score more points in order to win games.
Inserting Justin Fields into the starting QB role hasn’t had the impact that was expected. Fields ran for 103 yards in the 33-22 loss to San Francisco, but the passing game continues to struggle. Fields threw for 175 yards with a touchdown, but he was sacked four times and tossed a pick. The Bears have allowed a league-high 30 sacks this season and rank last in the NFL in passing and total offense.
It used to be they could rely on the defense to keep them in games. That hasn’t been the case recently. The losing streak started with a 24-14 loss to Green Bay and the Bears have been outscored 95-39 in the last three games. Former Defensive Player of the Year Khalil Mack didn’t play last week with a foot injury and he’s questionable to play on Monday night.
For a team that hasn’t had a losing record in nearly two decades you can’t count out the Steelers. Things didn’t look good early in the year when consecutive losses to Las Vegas, Cincinnati and Green Bay had the pundits signaling the end of Pittsburgh’s run. Many were also calling on Ben Roethlisberger to be replaced. With every AFC team having at least two losses, a little winning streak can do wonders to a team’s morale and the narrative of the season.
A solid defensive effort in last week’s 15-10 win at Cleveland was their third straight and put the Steelers right back in the mix. They are just a game out of first place in the AFC North and moved into a playoff spot in the condensed conference. The offense could use a jolt since they’ve scored more than 20 points just three times and average less than 19 points putting them in the bottom fourth in the rankings.
The offense has been balanced during the streak with the emergence of Najee Harris. But the defense has been awesome. The group recorded four sacks last week and held Cleveland’s top ranked run game to 96 yards on 23 attempts. They’ve allowed an average of less than 17 points in the last three going 2-1 ATS while cashing the UNDER twice with totals lower than 44.
Bears vs Steelers Prediction
Not to pile on the Bears, but their offensive issues have gone on for too long. Fields looks like a good player but he hasn’t received much help from a battered offensive line. And when the defense doesn’t help out the pressure mounts for a bad offense.
One thing the rookie QB can do is scramble and his ability to extend plays will help put points on the board. I don’t see Chicago covering, but I do see the teams exceeding the total, which is currently the lowest on the Week 9 betting board.
Predictions: Pittsburgh Steelers -6.5 and OVER 38.5
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