MNF Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Chicago Bears Top Anytime TD Scorer Bets
On paper, both of these defenses on Monday night bring special qualities to the field. In reality, they each have their weaknesses though. More so the Chicago Bears. The Steelers love playing at home in primetime spots. With a rookie quarterback coming to town the vaunted Steelers defense will be getting after it. This is projected to be one of the slowest-paced matchups of the week and has the lowest total set currently at 39. Therefore, points may be hard to come by Monday night.
I think the Bears are in for a long night. The Steelers are nearly unbeatable at home on Monday nights. They are 27-5 in Pittsburgh since Monday Night Football began over 50 years ago. The good news is, I've narrowed down the best options for anytime touchdown scorers for you here on Monday Night Football.
Let's get to the best anytime touchdown picks for Monday night! Best of luck if you tail!
Steelers vs. Bears Top Anytime TD Scorer Bets
Chase Claypool (+200)
Chase Claypool put up 61 yards on six touches last week, and, although we've yet to see a full-on breakout, he has been on the verge of one. Big Ben should have plenty of time to complete his passes and take his shots down the field as the Bears defensive front should not be able to pressure the Steelers offensive line much. The Bears have allowed the second-most scores to wide receivers so far. Diontae Johnson is the easy pick here but his odds just don't bring any value. I think Claypool is set up to score on Monday night so I prefer him at the longer odds. Claypool has just one touchdown on the season after scoring 11 in 2020. I expect him to add to his total in 2021 Monday night.
Pat Freiermuth (+333)
Freiermuth is going to continue to be more involved with JuJu Smith-Schuster out for the season. In the past two weeks, Freiermuth has played 78% and 60% of snaps. Roethlisberger is clearly developing a chemistry with the rookie tight end, and he's showing signs of being a reliable offensive weapon -- especially in the red zone. The rookie has essentially slotted in behind Claypool and Diontae Johnson as the third option in the Steelers passing game. He has garnered 14 targets since Juju was placed on IR and two of those came in the red zone last week. Chicago brings one of the best defenses defending tight ends but they have been beatable through the air all season long in the red zone. He scored last week now let's get him for his second game in a row!
Steelers Defense/Special Teams (+500)
Per Football Outsiders, no team has allowed a higher Adjusted Sack Rate than Chicago’s 12.5%. Per ESPN, the Steelers’ Pass Rush Win Rate of 48% ranks sixth in the NFL. The Bears have allowed 30 sacks so far through 8 weeks, which is the most in the NFL. They have the fifth-most giveaways in the league with 11. The Bears have the second most inefficient passing offense per dropback. Chicago owns the worst offense in the NFL through eight weeks. The Bears are the only team with more rushing yards than passing yards and if they are forced to throw this can get ugly. If that happens and they abandon the run watch out for TJ Watt. Watt has 1 sack in five of the six games he's played and his 8.5 sacks in total, which is good for the third-most in the NFL. In a game in which Heinz field will be rocking let's tune up some Renegade and find a defensive/special teams touchdown on Monday night.