Two NFC North rivals with their seasons on the line will clash at Soldier Field Sunday afternoon when the Detroit Lions visit the Chicago Bears.
The Lions are coming off a loss on Thanksgiving Day to the Houston Texans, while the Bears will try to rebound from a loss to the Green Bay Packers.
Detroit Lions Betting Preview: What Else Could Possibly Go Wrong?
The Detroit Lions come into play with a record of 4-7, four games behind the Green Bay Packers in the NFC North. The Lions have lost two in a row and have not looked particularly good in doing so.
After being shut out two weeks ago by the Carolina Panthers, the Lions followed that up by being whitewashed by the Houston Texans on Thanksgiving at home by a score of 41-25.
This led to the dismissal of General Manager Bob Quinn and Head Coach Matt Patricia. The Lions’ defense allowed 384 yards of offense to the Texans and could not find an answer for the tandem of Deshaun Watson and Will Fuller V. The duo connected on two touchdown passes.
Offensively, quarterback Matthew Stafford had another game where he was okay, but not great. He completed 28 of 42 passes for 295 yards and a touchdown. He was intercepted once and got sacked four times.
Running back Adrian Peterson tried to turn back the clock, as he rushed 15 times for 55 yards and two scores. Nine different Lions receivers caught passes in the game.
Stafford has completed 63% of his passes for 2,876 yards and 18 touchdowns on the season, being picked off eight times. Peterson is the team’s leading rusher, carrying the ball 119 times for 444 yards and four touchdowns. Tight end T.J. Hockenson has been the team’s best and most consistent receiver, catching 45 passes for 530 yards and five touchdowns.
Chicago Bears Betting Preview: Turn Things Around
The Chicago Bears come into play with a record of 5-6, three games behind the Green Bay Packers in the NFC North. The Bears are in the midst of a five-game losing streak after starting the season 5-1.
Their offensive woes continue to plague them, as they did in their latest loss, a 41-25 loss to the Packers last Sunday. The game was not as close as the score indicated.
Quarterback Mitchell Trubisky continued to struggle as he has all season. He did throw three touchdown passes in the game, but he also committed three turnovers that all led to Green Bay touchdowns.
Two of those turnovers were interceptions thrown to cornerback Darnell Savage. The Bears did get running back David Montgomery back from a concussion, rushing for 103 yards and had a touchdown reception. Wide receiver Allen Robinson II had eight receptions for 74 yards and two scores in the game.
On the season, Trubisky has played in five games, completing 58% of his passes for 802 yards and nine touchdowns, having been intercepted five times.
Montgomery leads the Bears in rushing despite missing a game. He has carried the ball 142 times for 575 yards and a touchdown. Robinson II is having a solid season, catching 71 passes for 829 yards and five trips to the end zone.
Lions at Bears Betting Odds & Lines
MyBookie has the Bears favored by three points.
Free Betting Pick
This is a game that is not going to be flashy, as neither of these teams are capable of playing that way. The Bears’ defense is light years ahead of Detroit’s defense, and their dreadful offense, for that matter.
But, the Lions feature one of the worst run defenses in the league, which should bode well for Montgomery and the Bears’ run attack. A running game will take the pressure off of Trubisky as well. Take the Bears in this one.
Spooky Express Free Pick: Chicago -3