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10/20/2013 10:07 AM
Chicago Bears at Washington Redskins (+1, 49.5)

The Bears snapped a two-game slide with a 27-21 victory over the New York Giants on Oct. 10 and Jay Cutler posted his second straight game without an interception. Cutler, who played under Washington coach Mike Shanahan when the two were together with the Denver Broncos, was picked off four times by Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall the last time the Bears faced Washington in 2010.

The Redskins are converting only half of their trips into the red zone into touchdowns and Robert Griffin III is just 11-for-23 passing inside the 20. Washington is tied for 23rd in the league in takeaways defensively and Hall, whose four INTs against Cutler in the last meeting matched an NFL record, has only one pick in 2013.

LINE: The Redskins opened as 1-point home faves and are now +1.The total opened at 50.5 and is down a full point.
WEATHER: Temperatures will be in the low-60s with clear skies. Wind will blow toward the E endzone at 7 mph.
COVERS POWER RANKINGS: Chicago (-1.5) + Washington (+2.5) + home field (-3.0) = Redskins +1
TRENDS:

* Road team is 5-1 ATS in their last six meetings.
* Bears are 1-4 ATS in their last five meetings.
* Redskins are 0-5 ATS in their last five vs. NFC.
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10/20/2013 10:07 AM
Chicago Bears at Washington Redskins (-1, 50)

Bears’ fast first quarters vs. Redskins’ slow starts


The Redskins’ 1-4 start to the season can be blamed on a lot of things: RG3’s wonky knee, a porous defense, Dan Snyder’s inability to feel feelings. But the finger should be aimed strictly at Washington’s flat starts. The Skins are constantly giving opponents a head start, giving up an NFL-worst 10 points in the first quarter this season. And they’re last in the league in first-half points allowed as well, spotting foes 19 points in the first 30 minutes of action.

Chicago hasn’t been that great at slowing down teams in the first two frames – giving up an average of 18.2 first-half points – but is at least offsetting that by scoring a league-high average of eight points in the first quarter and sitting behind only Denver in terms of first-half production, scoring 17 points per first half this year. Both the Redskins and Bears have tightened up on defense in the last two quarters, so this one could be decided by halftime.
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10/20/2013 10:07 AM
- The Buccaneers certainly fare well in Georgia. The Bucs are 5-1 ATS in their last six meetings in Atlanta. Bucs are +6 dogs Sunday.
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10/20/2013 10:08 AM
1. With tight end Rob Gronkowski cleared by all doctors to make his 2013 debut today against the Jets, it is topical to revisit the play, and coaching decision, in which Gronkowski was initially injured. Gronkowski, as we remember, was playing the right wing position on the field goal protection team when he broke his left forearm against the Colts last November, which sparked some to ask the question why such a critical player on offense was being exposed to added injury risk in that role on special teams. For those curious if Bill Belichick has changed his approach along those lines, the answer is a decisive no. The Patriots’ right wing on the field goal protection unit last Sunday was 2012 first-round draft choice Chandler Jones, one of the team’s most critical players on defense.
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10/20/2013 10:09 AM
Did you Know, : The Patriots enter today’s game against the Jets having won 12 straight games against AFC East opponents. That is the longest active NFL streak against division foes, and the fifth-longest win streak since the 1970 merger. The record is 15 straight, held by the 1972-73 Miami Dolphins.
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10/20/2013 10:09 AM
St. Louis Rams at Carolina Panthers - Open: -7

A matchup featuring a pair of such inconsistent teams naturally has sharps and the betting public at opposite ends of the spectrum.

"Sharps are backing the St. Louis dog number at +7 and the public is backing Carolina at any number," an oddsmaker with BetDSI tells Covers. "When this happens you get some interesting trends with current wager count favoring the Panthers 2-to-1 while total volume wagered favors the Rams 2-to-1."

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