first_imgOpening line: Chicago Bears -4.5Was the Bears’ success in 2018 short lived?The Lovie Smith era wasn’t exactly kind to Bears fans. Coming into the 2018 season, the Bears organization was desperate and in need of a fresh start. They hadn’t made the playoffs since 2010 and Smith had lost the locker room. So, the Bears ownership set out on a mission to make sure the next head coach would change the culture of mediocrity that had plagued this team for a decade. Whichever team answers that question correctly wins the game.The NFL odds currently have this game with the Bears as 5.5-point favorites. That seems really strong to me considering the offense can’t move the football. I expect Washington to have enough success on the offensive side of the ball to play within that number. As for the Bears, I don’t trust Trubisky at all, but he may finally find success against a Redskins defense that looks abysmal.OK, I know you want the NFL picks and this article to end. I’m done now.NFL pick: Redskins +5.5Double parlay total odds: +265Redskins +5.5 (-110) Over 41 (-110) Enter Matt Nagy.When Nagy was hired last season, the moans and groans came in hot and heavy. No one had heard of him and he was unproven. Nagy was only in his first year as an offensive coordinator for the Chiefs, and many thought it was too much, too soon for a young guy who was barely on the wrong side of 40.MORE: Get the latest NFL odds at Sportsbook ReviewWell, he proved them all wrong. Coming into the 2018 season the Bears drafted North Carolina quarterback Mitchell Trubisky, and the front office felt Nagy was the coach to lead him. With a rookie quarterback leading the offense and an epic defense on the other side of the ball, the Bears clinched the NFC North and finished the regular season (12-4). They went on to lose in the playoffs to the Eagles, concluding 2018.This season, however, Chicago has not looked good. The defense continues to be one of the best in professional football, but Trubisky looks lost.I wasn’t high on him coming into the league and felt the only reason the Bears made the playoffs was due to their all-world defense. Through two weeks of the 2019 season, Trubisky has thrown for less than 350 yards with zero touchdowns and one interception. In the new offensive era of the NFL, that isn’t good enough to win consistently.Now, with the bloom off the rose for the young quarterback, he travels to the U.S. capital to take on the average-at-best Redskins. Will he lead his team to victory tonight in a hostile environment?Can the Redskins get their first win of the season?For a Redskins team that is (0-2), their offense has looked phenomenal this season.If I told you the Redskins had a top-five offense through two weeks of the NFL season, would you believe me? Case Keenum has thrown for over 600 yards and five touchdowns and the quarterback controversy is on hold for now.Coming into the season, the Redskins drafted Dwayne Haskins and the fan base thought he would get the start immediately. He hasn’t, and Keenum is not the reason why the Redskins have yet to win a game this season.Their defense however, is. The Redskins have allowed 63 points scored against them. If this team plans on being successful this year, that has to change. Based on everything we have seen from both these teams, the Redskins are live to win this football game.Can they get the first win of the year on Monday night?MORE: Full betting preview for Bears vs. RedskinsBears vs. Redskins predictionThis game comes down to two things:1. Can the Bears’ offense wake up and score against a struggling Redskins defense? 2. Can the Redskins’ surging offense continue their success against the league’s best defense?last_img