The Early Report: Eagles at Bears on Monday Night Football

The Eagles head to Chicago to take on the Bears in the first road game of Carson Wentz’s career.  It’s also the first nationally televised night game for the #2 overall pick and sure to be a bigger test than last week’s match-up against the pitiful Browns.  Let’s get into the numbers…

Betting Outlook

Spread:  Bears -3.5 (EVEN), Eagles +3.5 (-120)

Moneyline:  Bears -170, Eagles +150

Total:  43

Sneaky good prop:  Trey Burton +1400 to score a TD

Notes: Eagles are receiving 86% of the moneyline bets and 64% of the spread bets, according to Sportsbook.  74% of bettors are taking the OVER on the 43 point total.

Injury Updates

(Note: neither team practiced today, so injury reports will be sketchy)

EAGLES

  • TE Zach Ertz has a displaced rib (sounds pleasant) and likely misses at least one game, possibly more.
  • CB Leodis McKelvin has a hamstring strain and is also unlikely to play Monday.

BEARS

  • CB Kyle Fuller missed the Bears Week 1 game against the Texans with a knee injury and is week-to-week.
  • G Kyle Long and WR Kevin White both were listed on the injury report for Week 1, but both played against the Texans.

Fantasy Focus

Eagles used their tight ends a lot on Sunday, with Zach Ertz seeing 60 snaps (78%) and Brent Celek seeing 38 (49%).  With Ertz out of the lineup, backup TE Trey Burton should see a decent amount of playing time.  Celek is one of the better blockers on the team, so Burton likely takes over the routes Ertz would normally run.  In you’re hurting to fill a TE spot, you could do worse than Trey Burton here.

Jordan Matthews had a huge day (7 catches, 114 yards and a TD), but only managed to haul in 50% of his targets.  Carson Wentz seems to have good rapport with Matthews (notice their choreographed touchdown celebration?) and the third year wideout will continue to see high volume as him and Wentz gain more experience.  Wouldn’t be surprised to see Matthews have double-digit catches in a few games this season.

Bears WR Kevin White only caught three balls against Houston and ran the wrong route on a Jay Cutler interception, but he was targeted a game-high 7 times.  Cutler isn’t known to be patient with his WRs, but White is sure to see some single coverage looks as the Eagles will try to bracket Alshon Jeffrey.

Bears RB Jeremy Langford had 17 carries and 4 targets against Houston, but averaged only 3.4 yards per carry and hauled in 2 of those 4 targets for 6 measly yards.  But Langford appears to have stranglehold on the Bears backfield with backup Ka’Deem Carey getting only 2 snaps and 1 carry.  The Bears called 18 running plays vs 36 passing plays against Houston, which isn’t the type of balance you usually see from them.  Langford may not be an All-Pro back, but he’ll get enough touches to be a strong fantasy option moving forward.

For Deeper Leagues:  Bears WR Eddie Royal had 6 targets and found the end zone against Houston…  Eagles RB Darren Sproles had 5 carries against the Browns and was targeted 5 times by Carson Wentz.  He’s still an explosive punt returner and could see an uptick in passing volume with Zach Ertz out…

 

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