Monday Night Football bettors are riding the Chicago Bears’ momentum as they get ready to kick off against the New York Jets in the final game of the Week 3 schedule.
Last week the Bears put together a 17-point comeback in San Francisco to score an outright upset as 7-point underdogs. That’s something that MNF bettors haven’t forgotten.
“This game opened with Jets -1 and quickly moved to -1.5 and again to -2.5 within a day,” Sports Interaction oddsmaker Greg Sindall said. “Since then, the money has all been coming in on Chicago – 74 percent of the handle is currently on the Bears with the majority of it at +2.5. Because of the one sided action, we have moved down to Jets -2.”
The Jets have been a tough team at home recently, going 6-2 both straight up and against the spread in their last eight home games, but Sindall doesn’t expect Jets supporters to weigh in enough to change the line leading up to kickoff.
“I imagine we’ll still be at that line (-2) at kickoff,” Sindall added, “although there could be some adjustments made to the price.”
On the Total
Sports Interaction opened the Monday Night Football total at 45.5 but it didn’t stay there long.
“Some quick sharp money on the under caused us to drop to 44.5,” Sindall said. “Since that move, all the public money has coming in on the over – which is entirely expected. We now sit with about 64 percent of the money on over.”
Sports Interaction moved the total to 45 at about 1 p.m. ET.
Chicago certainly looks to be in a better spot than the squad was in Week 3 when wideouts Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery were game-time decisions. Both toughed it out last week and Marshall caught three touchdowns against the 49ers. This week, both playmakers have had an extra day to recover and are expected to start.
“The one-sided action on the Bears tonight has a lot to do with last week,” Sindall says. “The Bears had a big comeback win against a powerhouse team and did it in prime time so a lot of people saw the game. Combining the Bears huge win last week along with the Jets recent loss and also the fact that the Jets’ only win is against a team who is now 0-3 – that leads to one sided action on Chicago.”
Meanwhile, the biggest injury worry the Jets have is wideout Eric Decker. He’s officially listed as a game-time decision with a hamstring issue.