‘Thursday Night Football’ Wasn’t Pretty, But It Got Results
In a game marked by the errors and difficulties of both quarterbacks, Justin Fields for the Chicago Bears and Carson Wentz for the Washington Commanders, Washington added a second victory to their season. It wasn’t a pretty win, but it gave Thursday Night Football (TNF) something it hadn’t seen in two weeks.
The snoozer was on track to become one of the slowest games of the year. It was so bad that announcer Al Michaels threatened to retire early. PointsBet settled all under wagers at halftime, ready to find something more interesting to follow.
It took almost all of two quarters for the first points to get on the board, a chip-shot field goal to put the Commanders up by three. Finally, in the third quarter, a Bears TD became the first for TNF since Week 4.
Trouble In Both Camps
The Bears and Commanders continue to be labeled as the worst teams in the NFL. The matchup supported this, with offenses that looked inoperative throughout the game.
The Bears, led by QB Justin Fields, got into the red zone twice in the first half. However, they failed to score points on either trip. Fields threw for 190 yards, but with a modest completion of 14 of 27. He added the third-quarter TD, overcoming a first-quarter interception.
The first trip to the end zone ended with that interception. The second, on a fourth-and-inches attempt, couldn’t capitalize on the power of explosive running back Khalil Herbert. The Commanders D-line held, and the Bears were stopped cold.
The meeting confirmed the difficulties of the quarterbacks of the two teams. On the Commanders side, Wentz threw for just 99 yards, completing 12 of 22. The good news is that he didn’t throw any interceptions. The bad news is that he didn’t throw any TDs.
Fields’ best play would come in the third period, when he threw 40 yards for Dante Pettis’s TD. This gave Chicago the 7-3 lead and a glimmer of hope. However, although he pulled off a few difficult passes right on the money, Fields couldn’t keep things alive.
Commanders Get A Break
It was in the fourth quarter that Bears return specialist Velus Jones made a serious mistake by fumbling a punt return. This gave the ball to Washington just six yards from the end zone.
Chicago had a chance for redemption, but couldn’t get it done. A long run by Fields put them in the red zone to try to turn the score around, but they missed all four of their attempts. On the final play of the game, Fields looked to wide receiver Darnell Money in the end zone, but the veteran player failed to bring down the ball.
The Commanders took full advantage of the error. Running back Brian Robinson – still recovering after being shot in an attempted carjacking – scored a touchdown to make it 12-7. Despite the Commanders missing a 2-point conversion attempt, that would be enough for the win.
Under Bettors Rejoice
The NFL season is still seeing a trend of unders hitting, although almost no one expected this game to be so far off the 38 total. Still, those who backed the under and took Washington won some extra weekend spending money.
This may be the worst game of all-time, so we’ve paid out all wagers placed on under 38 & above pic.twitter.com/aI3LCYE1cd
— PointsBet Sportsbook (@PointsBetUSA) October 14, 2022
The Bears will try to turn things around when they visit the New England Patriots on Monday Night Football in Week 7. The Commanders will have a tough time when they host the Green Bay Packers a day earlier. Fortunately, both teams have a lot of time to practice.
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