The Chicago Bears failed to cover the spread as road favorites against a bad team in Week 2. Expect the same to happen in Week 3, though the defending NFC North champions might not be so lucky to escape with a victory this time. 

Chicago is laying four points against the Washington Redskins on “Monday Night Football,” according to the latest betting line at OddsShark. The Redskins are winless through two games in the 2019 NFL season. The Bears are fortunate to have a 1-1 record.

It took a 53-yard field goal from Eddy Pineiro as time expired for Chicago to beat the Denver Broncos last week. The Broncos, like the Redskins, are still searching for their first win, but the Bears’ anemic offense kept the contest close for 60 minutes.

It’s officially time for Bears’ fans to worry about Mitchell Trubisky. The third-year quarterback was bad in the opener, completing 26 of 45 passes for 5.1 yards per attempt, failing to lead Chicago into the end zone at home against the Green Bay Packers. Trubisky was even worse in Week 2 when he threw for just 120 yards on 27 attempts.

Mitchell Trubisky Chicago Bears Mitchell Trubisky #10 of the Chicago Bears runs for a first down against the Minnesota Vikings at Soldier Field on November 18, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. Photo: Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Denver and Green Bay both have better defenses than Washington. That’s still no reason to have any confidence in a Chicago offense that’s led by one of the league’s worst starting quarterbacks and has gotten 3.28 yards per carry from its running backs.

Washington will undoubtedly struggle to move the ball against a defense that might still be the NFL’s best. It’s a safe bet than the final score will be under the game total of 41.

The Redskins have managed to put up at least 21 points in both of their games, despite facing two solid defenses. Washington’s offensive line has been better than expected without left tackle Trent Williams. 

Case Keenum has a 111.2 passer rating with two touchdown passes of 48 yards or more. If the quarterback executes even a couple of big throws, it could be enough for Washington to pull off the upset.

In six primetime games since the start of last season, Trubisky has five touchdown passes and eight interceptions, never once posting a passer rating of 90.0 or higher. The quarterback has had a passer rating of 77.2 or worse in four of those games.

There’s little evidence to suggest Trubisky will buck that trend Monday night. That’s not going to cut it on the road against a Redskins’ team that’s desperate to find its way into the win column.

Prediction: Washington over Chicago, 17-16