Chicago (2-5) at San Diego (2-6)
7:30 p.m. Monday, ESPN
Line: Chargers by 4
The Bears weren’t anything special in a last-second home loss to Vikings, muffing two punts and allowing a 65-yard punt return for a TD. They’ve lost all-purpose back Matt Forte with a leg injury, have dropped two straight and face a stretch of five road games and the Broncos at home over the next eight weeks. QB Jay Cutler has quieted critics by leading the Bears on a fourth-quarter drive to tie or lead the game four consecutive weeks. Chargers QB Philip Rivers has a team-record five consecutive 300-yard games but he will miss Keenan Allen, the NFL’s third-leading receiver (725 yards, 67 catches), who is out with a kidney injury. He was one of 12 Chargers to leave the game due to injury, though some returned. The Chargers’ 25th-ranked run defense (124.6) held the Ravens to 72 yards, its best performance since the season opener. Three of San Diego’s losses have been determined on the game’s final play.