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NFL Schedule Week 5 – Game info

2023 NFL Regular Season Game
Chicago Bears (0-4) vs. Washington Commanders (2-2)
Date: Thursday, Oct. 5
Time: 8:15 p.m. ET
Venue: FedEx Field, Landover, Md.
TV Channel: Prime Video
Live Stream: Amazon Prime / NFL+

The winless Chicago Bears (0-4) travel to FedEx Field for this week’s Thursday Night Football matchup with the 2-2 Washington Commanders. The Bears will try to turn their season around against a Commanders team that put up a tough fight last week against the Philadelphia Eagles and has its sights set on making the playoffs.

Let’s take a look at how these teams will fare in Week 5 as well as the odds for this game. 

Bears vs. Commanders Odds, Spread, Moneyline, Over/Under - NFL Odds Week 5

Moneyline: Chicago Bears +200, Washington Commanders -255
Spread: Chicago Bears +6.5 (-115), Washington Commanders -6.5 (-110)
Total: Over/Under - 44.5 points

Bears at Commanders Preview Week 4 of the NFL season brought more bad news for the Bears, who extended their losing streak to 14 games when they fell to the visiting Denver Broncos 31-28. The Bears led 28-7 well into the third quarter, but a late Denver comeback dealt Chicago yet another disheartening defeat.

From a Bears fan’s perspective, Chicago head coach Matt Eberflus’ mismanagement of the Denver game was criminal. The coach’s decision to try a risky play on fourth down rather than going for a field goal in the final minutes proved costly to his team. While the Bears’ offense displayed great potential, Chicago’s defense continued to struggle. Now this 0-4 team’s playoff hopes already appear bleak.

Bears quarterback Justin Fields’ performance against Denver was the bright spot in what turned into another disappointing loss. Fields’ passing ability has drawn criticism in recent weeks, but he bounced back with 335 yards and four passing touchdowns last Sunday. In the process, he achieved career single-game highs for both passing yards and TDs.

Going against his trend from earlier games, Fields only rushed four times for 25 yards. Some of that might have been because Khalil Herbert was so dominant on the ground for Chicago -- rushing for 103 yards. Nevertheless, it was interesting to see Fields throw the ball more. Perhaps this is a sign that Chicago is starting to figure it out as far as what the team must do to be successful.

The future, however, looks much brighter for the Bears’ upcoming opponent, the Washington Commanders. Washington was incredibly unlucky to lose at Philadelphia last Sunday after a fourth-quarter comeback by the Commanders had tied the game 31-31. Unfortunately, they could not grind out the win in overtime. In any case, it was a hearty performance from the Commanders, who bounced back in the right way after a 37-3 home loss to the Buffalo Bills one week earlier. Commanders fans will be feeling very confident that their team can get a win on Thursday against Chicago.

The Commanders enter Thursday Night’s prime-time game as the favorites with the spread set at -6.5 (-115). Washington QB Sam Howell will be aiming for another strong performance after he distributed the ball effectively last week -- attempting 41 total passes and showcasing his running ability with six rushes for 40 yards.

Commanders wide receiver Terry McLaurin has been averaging 10 yards per reception this season. He received 10 targets against the Eagles and hopes for a similar trend in this matchup with the Bears. Howell’s connection with McLaurin is starting to blossom. If Howell continues to feed McLauring the ball, the Commanders stand a good chance of winning more than the eight games they won last season.

Bears vs. Commanders Predictions & NFL Picks Week 5

The Commanders have allowed more than 30 points in each of their last three games, while the Bears have allowed an average of more than 30 points per game this season. With both defenses struggling and both offenses coming off highly motivating performances, this Thursday Night Football game promises to be incredibly entertaining. It also means there’s reason to back the over.

The Pick: Over 44.5 Points (-115)

If the 2024 NFL Draft were held today, the Bears would have both the No. 1 and No. 2 overall picks. I’m not suggesting or predicting that they should tank what remains of this season, but they’re currently one of only two 0-4 NFL teams. Until now, Chicago’s most challenging opponent has been the Kansas City Chiefs. With games against the Vikings, Raiders, and Chargers all fast approaching, there's a real possibility that the Bears might find themselves at 0-8 sooner than they realize. At what point do they write off this season and start planning for next year?

The Bears will be feeling the pressure going into this game against the Commanders. It is a real make-or-break situation for Washington. If they want to keep their season alive, the Commanders must win on Thursday.

This might appear to be a slightly conservative pick, but the Bears should cover the spread in this game. Washington suffered a blowout loss to the Bills, but all of the Commanders’ other games have been settled by four points or fewer.

The Pick: Chicago Bears + 6.5 (-115)

Best NFL Player Prop Bets: Chicago Bears vs. Washington Commanders

Brian Robinson Jr.

The Bears are allowing more than 100 rushing yards per game, which means Washington’s Brian Robinson Jr. will be licking his lips ahead of this Thursday night matchup. Robinson has looked very good this season, solidifying himself as the No.1 running back in the Commanders backfield.

Although he only managed 45 yards -- his lowest rushing total of the season -- against a very good Eagles defense last week, Robinson previously put up 70 yards on 10 carries against the Bills and an impressive 87 yards against the Broncos.

Regardless of how close this game is, Robinson will still get a lot of carries, as we saw in the Buffalo game. With that in mind, I expect him to easily clear his 63.5 line.

The Pick: Brian Robinson over 63.5 rushing yards (-125)

DJ Moore

In the past three weeks, the Commanders have allowed Denver’s Marvin Mims, Buffalo’s Stefon Diggs, and Philadelphia’s A.J. Brown to each catch passes for more than 100 yards. Since the Bears are desperate for a win here, they will look to get the ball into the hands of their best playmaker, wide receiver DJ Moore, as many times as possible.

Moore had 10 targets last week against Denver, and I expect him to get a similar number of opportunities on Thursday night. He has managed to hit the receiving-yards over in two of his last four games, including a 41-10 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.

I’m confident that Moore will go over his receiving line in a high-scoring affair. He might even break the 100-yard barrier against Washington’s defense.

The Pick: D.J. Moore over 49.5 receiving yards (-115)

Best Same Game Parlay Picks for Bears vs. Commanders Week 5: 2-Leg Parlay Pick (+230)

Spread Bet

Leg 1: Chicago Bears + 6.5 (-115)

Total Points

Leg 2: Over 44.5 Points (-115)

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