Detroit Lions at Chicago Bears: Preview and Pick
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The Detroit Lions are suddenly emerging as contenders to not only make the playoffs but to make a run at the Super Bowl. They have a very good offensive and they have a defense that can match up when pressed. The game against the Chicago Bears will be a big game as the Lions will have a chance to sweep the series and challenge the Green Bay Packers for the division title. With the Packers rolling right along, the Lions cannot afford to skip a beat.
Detroit Lions at Chicago Bears Odds
The opening NFL point spread for this game will favor the Lions as they have the momentum and are coming off of a bye week and will be going against a Bears team that will be without starting quarterback Jay Cutler. The Bears defense has struggled all season long and they will be hard pressed to cover Calvin Johnson which should force the betting public to take the Lions and drop the points.
Calvin Johnson has been phenomenal the past two weeks and is the best receiver in the NFL. Reggie Bush’s presence can’t be overlooked on offense, and Ndamukong Suh has been a game-wrecker on defense. But the Lions wouldn’t be where they are without Stafford, who is second in the league in passing and on pace for another 5,000-yard season. He has taken good care of the ball and put an offense still short on playmakers in regular position to succeed.
Suh and DeAndre Levy have garnered most of the attention on defense, and for good reason. Suh has 3½ sacks and Levy has four interceptions, but Glover Quin has been the glue that has held a shaky secondary together. This group will be eager to go after the Bears.
The latest football betting trends for this game reveal that the bears have done well in Detroit. Chicago is 9-2 straight up in its last 11 games when playing Detroit, but 1-5-1 against the spread (ATS) in its last 7 games when playing against the Lions. Chicago is 8-4 straight up in its last 12 games at home and 0-4-1 ATS in its last 5 games at home. The total has gone over in 7 of Chicago's last 10 games when playing Detroit and over in 15 of Detroit's last 22 games on the road. Detroit is 5-11 straight up in its last 16 games and 4-12-1 ATS in its last 17 games on the road.
Detroit Lions at Chicago Bears Pick
With plenty of time to go before the start of the regular season, I will wait to release my pick on this game until we get closer to game day.