Detroit Lions vs. Chicago Bears Preview and Prediction
The Bears and Lions have failed to meet expectations through the first half of the season, and now square off with their seasons essentially on the line. With a playoff-style atmosphere expected, will the Lions’ recent success against Chicago continue in Week 10?
Opening Odds Analysis
The Bears opened as 3-point favorites, a combination of being at home and having the vastly superior defense in what should be a tightly contested divisional game. As both teams are desperate for a win, the total opened at a modest 44, but the early action has been on the UNDER, as the total has already shifted to 42.5.
Detroit News & Notes
Another week, another heartbreaking loss for the Detroit Lions.
The Lions failed to tie the game on fourth-and-goal last week, falling 31-24 to the Oakland Raiders. Seven of their eight games have been decided by a touchdown or less, and even though quarterback Matthew Stafford is having a career year, the Lions are just 3-4-1 and desperately need a win in Week 10 to have any hopes of staying in playoff contention.
Stafford leads the NFL with 312.4 passing yards per game, he’s on pace for a career-high 38 passing touchdowns and he has a career-best 106.0 quarterback rating. Despite that, the Lions are struggling because they have one of the league’s worst defenses.
Detroit allows the second-most yards and the fifth-most points in the league. The one positive for the Lions is that Chicago’s offense has been extremely disjointed, plus the Lions have done well against the Bears recently — they’ve won nine of the last 12 games SU.
Chicago News & Notes
The Chicago Bears had high hopes for quarterback Mitchell Trubisky this season, but right now the only list he’s near the top of is the “worst starting QB in the league” discussion.
At halftime of their Week 9 loss to Philadelphia, Chicago had run 20 plays for nine total offensive yards and recorded just two first downs — one rushing and one via penalty, both on the last drive of the half.
The offense showed a little bit of life in the second half, but it was too little, too late. Trubisky simply needs to be better, and he needs to be better early — on his eight opening drives this season, Chicago has failed to score a single point.
If Trubisky can’t get it going on Sunday against one of the NFL’s worst defenses, he doesn’t just run the risk of losing their fifth straight game (ATS and SU) … he risks losing his job as a starting quarterback.
Betting Pick: Detroit +3
The Lions tend to play every game close. Giving them 3 points against a Bears offense that has been horrendous this season, I’ll take them to cover.
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The Chicago Bears are a professional American football team based in Chicago, Illinois. The Bears compete in the National Football League (NFL) as a member club of the league’s National Football Conference (NFC) North division. The Bears have won nine NFL Championships, including one Super Bowl, and hold the NFL record for the most enshrinees in the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the most retired jersey numbers. The Bears have also recorded more victories than any other NFL franchise.
The franchise was founded in Decatur, Illinois, on September 17, 1920, and moved to Chicago in 1921. It is one of only two remaining franchises from the NFL’s founding in 1920, along with the Arizona Cardinals, which was originally also in Chicago. The team played home games at Wrigley Field on Chicago’s North Side through the 1970 season; they now play at Soldier Field on the Near South Side, next to Lake Michigan. The Bears have a long-standing rivalry with the Green Bay Packers.
The team headquarters, Halas Hall, is in the Chicago suburb of Lake Forest, Illinois. The Bears practice at adjoining facilities there during the season. Since 2002, the Bears have held their annual training camp, from late July to mid-August, at Ward Field on the campus of Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, Illinois.