Big Al's Daily Angle: EPL and NFL Preview

by Big Al Staff

The Monday sports card features Monday Night Football in the NFL, along with two matches in the English Premier League.

The prime-time Monday Night Football game on ESPN this week has the Chicago Bears traveling to Los Angeles to face the Rams.

Chicago sits atop the NFC North with Green Bay with a 5-1 record after pulling off two straight upsets. The Bears beat Tampa Bay on Thursday Night Football two weeks ago by a 21-19 score before defeating Carolina on the road last week in their 23-16 victory as a 2-point underdog.

The strength of the Bears is their defense as they have not allowed 20 points in three straight games while not allowing more than 26 points all season. In their last two games, Chicago has registered seven sacks along with 15.5 tackles-for-loss and 14 hits on the quarterback. The Bears also have four takeaways in these two games.

Los Angeles had their two-game winning streak snapped last Sunday night with their 24-16 upset loss at San Francisco as a 2.5-point favorite. After playing on the road for two weeks, the Rams return to their new home at SoFi Stadium, where they have quickly become very comfortable. The Rams have won both their games at home while allowing only 26 combined points. Quarterback Jared Goff has completed 70% of his passes at home this season with 475 passing yards. The Los Angeles defense has sacked the quarterback eight times in these two home games with 13 tackles-for-loss and 16 hits on the quarterback.

These two teams played last season on a cold night on November 17th in Chicago, where the Rams won by a 17-7 score. BetAnySports lists Los Angeles as a 6-point favorite with the total set at 44.5. The kickoff is shortly after 8:15 PM ET.

The English Premier League completes their sixth week of the season with two matches involving teams all looking to move up the table after disappointing starts.

At 1:30 PM ET, Brighton and Hove Albion host West Bromwich. The Seagulls have only 4 points after five matches, which puts them in 16th place after league action on Sunday. Brighton finished in 15th place last season, so they are worried about avoiding relegation by finishing in the bottom three spots in the 20-team top flight. The Baggies are one of the three promoted teams from the Championship League this season, but they have yet to win a match. They have 2 points coming from two draws in five games, which leaves West Brom in 17th place. BetOnline lists Brighton as a -0.75 goal line favorite with an over/under of 2.75. The NBC Sports Network broadcasts the match.

At 4 PM ET, Tottenham travels to face Burnley. The Spurs are in 11th place with two victories in five matches this season. They settled for sixth place last year in Jose Mourinho’s first year as their manager. The Clarets are one of the three teams tied for last place in the table with just one point (albeit with only four matches played). Burnley finished in tenth place last season. Tottenham is a -1 goal line favorite at BetOnline, with the total set at 2.5. The game is available on the NBC Peacock app.

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