The NFL betting week comes to a conclusion, and this time on a Monday, as the Chicago Bears travel to the coast to take on the Los Angeles Rams. The BetUS NFL Injury Report details everything and everyone you need to know before making your betting picks on Monday night’s game. Will the Bears go 6-1 and lead the NFC? Or will the Rams make a mess of it? Catch all the NFL injury news below.
|Game: Chicago Bears (5-1) vs Los Angeles Rams (4-2)
Location: SoFi Stadium
Time: 8:15 p.m. ET
The teams’ coaches meet for the third time in as many years, where Matt Nagy and Sean McVay split their last two games both straight up and against the spread. Both games fell well to the under, with scores of 15-6 and 17-7.
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Market support for the Bears slid some after a busy week at practice ultimately led to a confusing injury profile, at least until a number of their questionable players may be cleared to play Monday night.
The only current certainty is Sherrick McManis (hamstring), ruled out. McManis is a loss of depth, but puts the spotlight on two other rotation players in the secondary who are questionable. S Deon Bush (hamstring) was limited early in the practice week but worked back to a full day on Saturday (the final practice day for teams playing Monday). Worse off is CB Buster Skrine (ankle) who managed a limited Saturday run after otherwise missing the week. Add to this list of defensive players worth checking against the inactives list before kick off, OLB Khalil Mack whose back flared up midweek causing him to miss Friday. He too is questionable, showing limited practice Saturday.
Some good news for the defense, the team removed injury designations for DE Akiem Hicks (illness) and NT Bilal Nichols (knee), both of whom practiced fully on Saturday.
One final name to check before game time is starting LG Rashaad Coward (finger). He is expected to play having worked back to full practice. With backup OT Jason Spriggs (thumb) also deemed questionable, they’d likely be making roster moves in the unlikely scenario both linemen couldn’t play.
Los Angeles Rams
The Rams leave the practice week with a relatively clean injury slate. They deemed TE Tyler Higbee (hand) their only questionable player. It’s unclear if the team will use Higbee. They may rest him considering two of their main offensive weapons cleared their injury designation by the end of the week. RB Darrell Henderson (thigh) and WR Robert Woods (groin) sent a bit of a scare into observers when they missed Friday practice, but did so fully on Saturday. The team removed their injury designation and they will start.
Sadly, what set up to be the K Kai Forbath revenge game will not come to pass. While the team signed the former Bears’ kicker, he won’t pass Covid protocol until Sunday, and the team has already committed the position to Sam Sloman.
For all the talk about the Chicago Bears’ 5-1 record being fraudulent, they seem to be getting support after covering back-to-back spreads for which the market faded them. This week, the injuries might be a bit much. We leaned to the Bears earlier in the week catching +5½, but would lay off with the handful of injury questionables. It’s equally likely Skrine is Chicago’s only inactive from this list, and for bettors to take the +6 until it notches back down the half point.
Whatever the motivation was for the market to take the under, it shouldn’t be injuries. Maybe the total was mispriced at its open of 47, or maybe a projection of the teams’ game plans, or their previous contests — whatever the cause, we leaned under 45’ and would continue to do so at 44½ (but no lower). It wouldn’t be surprising to see it float (or even jump) back up before kick, so a 45 or higher may appear.