12/30/2012 12:13 PM
BEARS AT LIONS, 1 P.M. ET
Open: Chicago -3
Current: Chicago -3
Public Betting %: 66% on Chicago
What they see: The Bears need a win and a Minnesota loss to make the playoffs, while the Lions have nothing to play for but the spoiler role.
Analysis: Correction. The Lions actually have one more thing to play for: Calvin Johnson’s quest for a 2,000-yard season, which has been the only storyline in Detroit for at least a month. It’s hard to talk yourself into taking the Lions right now in any situation, with their 7-game losing skid and only one cover since Nov. 4.
Johnson was held to a season-low three catches for 34 yards in the last meeting between these teams, a 13-7 Chicago victory.
“It’s safe to say (the Lions) are disappointed in their season, so they would love nothing more than to make us disappointed for the rest of the year,” Jay Cutler said this week.
The Bears opened 7-1 but are just 2-5 since, eerily reminiscent of last season when they started 7-3 only to finish 1-5 and miss the playoffs. We won’t be laying any points with them on the road in this situation.