We’re back, folks. The Cris Collinsworth slide. Sunday Night Carrie. We’ve all been waiting for a Sunday night. All that aside, the Chicago Bears rank to have one of the toughest schedules in the NFL this year. This first game across the country in Los Angeles justifies that. Here are my favorite plays for tonight’s primetime matchup.
Andy Dalton Over 0.5 interceptions (-155)
In some ways, I feel bad for Andy Dalton. The Bears have done nothing to put him in a position to be successful as they failed to put together a competent offensive line in front of him. That line has to go against Aaron Donald. Yikes. Dalton’s only chance is to get the ball out quick and hope his playmakers and pick up significant yards after the catch.
That all said, Justin Fields is on the bench and he could potentially get some snaps tonight, according to Ian Rapoport.
If Dalton struggles, that hook could come before halftime. The Rams secondary, which includes Jalen Ramsey, could force Matt Nagy to make a quarterback switch sooner than he’d like.
Cole Kmet Over 23.5 Yards Receiving (-115)
Kmet looks to be part of two-tight end sets for the Bears as he hopes to have a bigger role within the offense in season two. As he should. Last season, it took time for Nagy to consistently put Kmet into the game, but his snaps increased as the season progressed.
With Jimmy Graham as more of a red-zone target, Kmet potentially could be more of a possession receiver downfield. And with the Bears’ offensive line troubles, Dalton or Fields will need a safety blanket.
David Montgomery Over 22.5 Yards Receiving (-110)
Montgomery is primed to have a big season and that could come to fruition if Nagy commits to the run. Dalton, again, will need to get the ball out quickly. Montgomery, who totaled 54 receptions in 2020, will always be available in the flat.
DeSean Jackson to Score a Touchdown (+350)
Yes, Jackson is on the Rams. The journeyman wide receiver is healthy and when he is at full strength, he is one of the better deep threats in the NFL. Unfortunately for him in recent years, injuries have detracted from his production. The Bears secondary is suspect until proven otherwise if you ask me.
Jaylon Johnson has high upside and I expect safety Eddie Jackson to get back to elite form, but this defense does not have Kyle Fuller anymore. Kindle Vildor has a lot to prove as a former fifth-round draft pick. I see Stafford and Jackson teaming up to find the end zone early in this one.
VALUE: Khalil Herbert to Score a Touchdown +1000
This is a pure value pick. Herbert played very well in the preseason and will have a role similar to Tarik Cohen until the speedster returns from the PUP list. Damien Williams also will take snaps, but Herbert showed enough in the preseason to earn some reps, I believe. This smells like a garbage-time touchdown for the Bears to cover the eight-point spread.
Those are my five prop bets for Sunday Night Football. Follow On Tap Bets on Twitter for more plays from the rest of the crew.