NFL Betting Preview: Chicago Bears vs. Detroit Lions – December 16, 2017
Matchup at a Glance
Where: Ford Field; Detroit, MI
Date & Time: Saturday December 16, 2017; 3:30pm CT
Spread: Detroit Lions -5.5
Over/Under Total: 44
Quick Pick: Detroit Lions -5.5
Two teams out of the NFC North will get together in the first of a Saturday doubleheader in the National Football League. The Detroit Lions are home hosting the Chicago Bears in the second of two meetings between these two teams. The Lions won the first matchup in Chicago. The Bears are 4-9, but coming off a road win in Cincinnati. Chicago is last place in the division, and will finish last in the division.
The Detroit Lions are tied with the Green Bay Packers for second in the NFC North with their 7-6 record on the season. The Lions and Packers are 3 games behind the Vikings, but chasing the NFC Wildcard, which is Seattle and Atlanta with 8 wins. The Lions are coming off a win on the road at Tampa Bay. The Detroit Lions are -5.5 in this game on Saturday over the Chicago Bears.
Lions Seeking to Stay Alive
The Detroit Lions are looking to stay alive in the NFC standings. Detroit fortunately had their two game losing streak snapped with the road win, that kept them alive. The losing streak came after a trio of wins over the Packers, Brown sand Bears. Detroit is 5th in all of the National Football League in points per game. Detroit is scoring 26 points per game.
Matthew Stafford is one of the top quarterbacks in the league once again according to numbers. The quarterback has thrown for nearly 270 yards per game. His top target this season has been Marvin Jones Jr, with 51 receptions, 885 yards and 8 touchdowns. The Lions rank dead last in all of the National Football League with just 76.3 yards per game on the ground. Detroit takes on the Bengals and Packers to finish the season.
Bears Looking to Play Spoiler
The Chicago Bears would love to play spoiler in this game against a divisional rival. Chicago and their offense looked good in the upset win on the road at Cincinnati. The Bears are looking to avoid their 10th loss of the season, and finish with games against the Cleveland Browns and the Minnesota Vikings in Weeks 16 and 17.
The Bears are scoring just 17.2 points per game, which is 29th out of 32 teams in the league. The Bears passing offense ranks dead last in the league with 167.2 yards per game. The running game is 7th behind a large season from Jordan Howard, and Tarik Cohen also putting together a nice season. The Bears defense is 14th in the league allowing just 21.1 points per game.
Bears Compete, Lions Win/Cover
The Detroit Lions are going to win this game. The Lions have enough defense to slow down the Bears offense, and Detroit should be able to move the ball on Chicago. But, the Bears are going to keep this game close for the entire 60 minutes. The Bears have not completely given up on John Fox their head coach, as they played with great effort in the blowout win on the road in Cincinnati.
The Chicago Bears with their ability to run the football are going to keep this close. But, when push comes to shove, the Detroit Lions and their passing game will win this game at home. Look for the Lions to grab the win by a touchdown at home. Take the Detroit Lions -5 over the Chicago Bears on Saturday afternoon.