NFL Betting Preview: Chicago Bears vs. Detroit Lions – Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018
Matchup at a Glance
When: Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018, at 1:00 PM
Where: Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois
Point Spread: Chicago Bears -6.5
Betting Total: 45
Quick Pick: Chicago Bears -6 (Buy ½ Pt)
The Chicago Bears will host the Detroit Lions this Sunday, November 11, 2018, in an NFC North Divisional battle. This is the first of two games that the Bears and Lions will play this year, with the next game taking place in less than 2 weeks on November 22, 2018, in Detroit, Michigan.
On a side note, as many of you are well aware from my articles throughout the year, I am a HUGE Chicago Bears fan and my boss, Spooky, is the biggest Detroit Lions fan, so this is always by far the hardest article for me to write. Gotta make the boss happy but we also have to pick winners, and in this spot, we can’t do both so here we go…….
This game is being played at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois with the kick-off scheduled to take place at 1:00 PM ET. The Bears have gone 3-1 SU and ATS at Soldier Field this year compared to the Lions going 1-3 SU on the road. The Lions haven’t been a good team on the road but they have found ways to keep it close or at least close enough to cover the spread, where they are 3-1 ATS this year on the road.
Sportsbetting.ag has set the point spread for this game at Chicago Bears -6.5 and set the betting total for the over/under plays at 45 points. The Detroit Lions have absolutely owned the Chicago Bears in recent history, winning 9 out of the last 10 overall SU and going 5-4-1 ATS.
With that being said, it is the Bears who own the overall advantage in the series going 97-74-5 SU in the 176 times these two rivals have played each other.
The Chicago Bears enter this divisional rival game with a 5-3 SU & ATS record and are in first place in the NFC North Division. The Bears have lost their 3 games by a combined 11 points on the year and have been in each of those games with a chance to win the game.
The Bears have only played 1 divisional game this year, losing to the Green Bay Packers in the season opener by the score of 24-23. The Bears had a big lead in that game, beating the Packers at the start of the 4th quarter by the score of 20-3 but couldn’t hold off Aaron Rodgers and crew and lost the game 24-23.
The Bears have played some of the best defensive football in the league this year. The Bears Defense ranks in the top 5 of the league in Points Allowed, Total Yards Allowed and Rushing Yards and rank 12th in Passing Yardage Allowed.
Part of the boost on defense is due to the acquisition of defensive monster Khalil Mack. Mack has brought a renewed sense of motivation to the defense and the guys that surround him on the field play up to his caliber of play. Mack has missed the past two games with an ankle injury but returned to practice this week and should play this week against the Lions.
The offense has also been a pleasant surprise to Bears fans as Mitchell Trubisky has taken this team from a unit that has been at the bottom of the league in scoring for the past 10 years to a team that currently ranks 5th with just under 30 points per game.
The Bears offense can run the ball with the likes of Tarik Cohen and Jordan Howard, which ranks 7th in the league. Their passing offense hasn’t been the best but it is good enough to keep them in games, throwing for an average of 358.6 yards per game.
The Detroit Lions are in the last place in the NFC North Division. They currently are 2 games under .500 with a record of 3-5. The Lions have lost back to back games, both SU and ATS, and will be looking to snap this losing streak against the Bears.
The Offense made some changes this week, mainly by the release of Running Back Ameer Abdullah, who spent 4 seasons with the team. Abdullah was the 54th pick overall out of Nebraska and never really developed like the team expected.
A possible signing is on the way for the Lions, not that it would really mean much for this game, but the Lions worked out Wide Receiver Brandon Marshall this week as they look for an addition to the receiving core. Marshall was recently released by the Seattle Seahawks and could fill in the veteran spot left open by the trade of Golden Tate.
Bears Cruise Past Lions In Blowout
This game is simple to handicap for many reasons. For starters, you have a team that is ranked 30th in the league at stopping the run, Detroit Lions, taking on a run-heavy team that is ranked 5th in the league in the Chicago Bears. Jordan Howard and Tarik Cohen are going to run rampant on the Lions defensive line in this one.
Second, the Lions Offensive Line just allowed 10 sacks to the Minnesota Vikings, and even though I think they will be a bit stronger this week with some improvements, the fact remains the O-Line isn’t that good and going up against an aggressive defense that should welcome back the best Defensive Player in the league in Khalil Mack.
I'm sorry Spooky but I know you would want me to give out the winner here so I'm going with the Chicago Bears. The line is currently set at Chicago -6.5. I suggest you buy down the half point and roll with the Bears -6 for 3 units!