Chicago Bears at New York Jets (-2.5, 44)
Jay Cutler threw four touchdown passes as the Chicago Bears
rallied from a 17-point deficit to defeat the San Francisco
49ers a week ago. Cutler already has six touchdown passes and
looks to add to that total when the Bears visit the New York
Jets on Monday night. Cutler is 6-1 on Monday Night Football,
including three straight wins, with 14 touchdowns against just
While the Bears rallied, the Jets imploded last week,
squandering an 18-point advantage in their upset bid at Green
Bay – a loss that came in typical New York fashion. Just when
it appeared that the Jets had climbed back into a tie with the
Packers on a long touchdown pass by Geno Smith late in the
fourth quarter, officials ruled that New York offensive
coordinator Marty Mornhinweg called timeout before the play
began. Rex Ryan’s group will look to bounce back from that
disaster and beat the Bears for the first time since 2000.
TV: 8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN.
Pinnacle Sports opened the Jets as 1-point home faves, but
that is now -2.5. The total opened at 45.5 and is down to 44.
INJURY REPORT: Bears – WR
Alshon Jeffery (Probable, hamstring), DE Jared Allen (Probable,
back), C Roberto Garza (Questionable, ankle), S Chris Conte
(Questionable, shoulder), DT Jeremiah Ratliff (Questionable,
head). Jets – RB Chris Johnson (Probable,
ankle), CB Dee Milliner (Questionable, quad), WR Eric Decker
COVERS POWER RANKINGS: Bears (-2) + Jets
(+2.25) + home field (-3.0) = Bears -1.25
WHAT CAPPERS SAY: “The Jets blew a big lead in
Green Bay but they catch Chicago in a possible letdown spot.
The Jets are 6-0 against the spread in their last six home
games off a loss versus an opponent off a SU/ATS win.”
Expert Matt Fargo
CHEERLEADER WAR: The Bears don’t have cheerleaders, so
here’s Jay Cutler’s wife Kristin Cavallari Cutler.
ABOUT THE BEARS (1-1 SU, 1-1 ATS, 1-1 O/U):
Chicago’s comeback on Sunday night was even more unlikely
considering that Cutler actually seemed to respond after taking
a huge blow to his ribs. He threw three scoring passes to
Brandon Marshall and the Bears’ defense shut down the 49ers in
the second half. But, not all went well for Chicago, which lost
five starters on the defensive side of the ball in the contest,
including All-Pro cornerback Charles Tillman, who is out for
the season with a torn triceps muscle.
ABOUT THE JETS (1-1 SU, 0-1-1 ATS, 1-1 O/U):
The Jets could be without top receiver Eric Decker (hamstring)
but they may want to run the ball anyway against a Chicago
defense which ranks 27th in the league against the rush (160
yards per game). On defense, New York has yet to solve its
problematic secondary and allowed Jordy Nelson to romp for 209
yards receiving last week. New York won its home opener but
that victory is looking increasingly unimpressive as it came
against Oakland, which appears to be one of the worst teams in
* Bears are 3-0-1 ATS in their last four meetings.
* Under is 4-1 in the last five meetings.
* Bears are 1-7 ATS in their last eight games following a ATS
* Over is 15-2 in Jets last 17 games in Week 3.
COVERS CONSENSUS: As of Sunday evening, 65
percent of wagers on Covers Consensus were backing the Bears.