NFL Betting Preview: Detroit Lions vs. Chicago Bears – November 19, 2017
Matchup at a Glance
Where: Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois
Date & Time: Sunday, November 19, 2017 at 1:00 PM ET
Spread: Detroit Lions -3
Over/Under Total: 42.5
Quick Pick: Detroit Lions -3 at Bookmaker for 1.5 units
An NFC North battle is on deck for both the Detroit Lions and the Chicago Bears for this Sunday afternoon from Soldier Field. This game is set to kickoff at approximately 1:00 PM ET.
Before I get into handicapping this game, I just want to point out that this game is a hot topic with the admin of The Spooky Express. The big boss, Spooky, is a HUGE Detroit Lions fan and I, the author of this article, am a HUGE Chicago Bears fan. Therefore, this is a tough spot for me to be in because if I pick against the Lions, I may lose my job ( hahaha ) but that being said, I will do my best to be fair, impartial and put ALL personal feelings aside as we give an unbiased handicapping preview!
Lions Barely Beat The Cleveland Browns
The Detroit Lions come into this game with a 5-4 SU and ATS record. They are currently in 2nd place with a 2-0 record in the NFC North and are just 2 games back behind the Minnesota Vikings. The Lions already hold a win over the Vikings this year, beating them back in the 4th week of the season by the score 14-7 on the road. They will meet the Vikings again next week at home in Detroit.
The Lions are coming into this game off a come from behind win over the Cleveland Browns. Yes, you read that correct, the Cleveland Browns. The Lions found themselves down to start the game 10-3. The Lions came back and at the end of 3 quarters, the game was tied at 24-24. The Browns then folded and the Lions pulled away, scoring two touchdowns in the fourth quarter to secure the 38-24 win over the Browns.
Bears Lose Game With Packers Off John Fox Coaches Challenge
The Chicago Bears are just 3-6 SU and 5-4 ATS on the 2017 season. They are in last place in the NFC North with a 0-3 divisional record. The Bears are coming into this game off a heartbreaking loss to their divisional rival Green Bay Packers, for the second time this year.
The Bears had a chance to score a touchdown late in the game but Head Coach John Fox challenged a call, where Benny Cunningham was reaching for the endzone, but fumbled the ball prior to reaching the pilon. The call on the field was Cunningham stepped out of bounds and was challenged by Fox. After officials reviewed the play, it was reversed and used against the Bears, costing them the game. The Bears lost the game 23-16 and now have lost back to back games to the Pack and the New Orleans Saints.
Lions Get The Win On The Road!
The Detroit Lions have the 25th ranked passing defense in the NFL and they will now face Mitchell Trubisky and a Chicago ears team that have nothing to really lose. Fox is most likely playing for his job in Chicago and that will allow him to be a little more open with the game plan. The Bears have moved the ball without any issues, their problem has been scoring when they are inside the redzone. Part of the problem is the offense doesn’t have the options and the other part of the equation is the coaching is calling bonehead plays!
The Lions head coach Jim Caldwell is 10-3 in the month of November and will put a lot of pressure on rookie QB Trubisky. The Bears have had issues with coverage and giving him time to drop back in the pocket and have even gone as far as limiting the play of their top receiver, RB Tarik Cohen in the game, so that they can put Benny Cunningham in to give better pass protection. The Bears can not score and it is a real problem when you are facing a team like the Lions.
It pains me to say this, but the Bears just don’t match up well against the Lions offense and this game will not fare well for them. The Lions will win the game and move one step closer to taking over the top spot in the NFC North.
Pick: Detroit Lions -3 at Bookmaker for 1.5 units