The Detroit Lions and Chicago Bears are ready to square off on the grass at Soldier Field. FOX will televise the action and kickoff is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. ET.
Betting Preview: Chicago Bears vs. Detroit Lions
The Lions approach this Sunday NFC game as the dog here and are currently receiving 7 points. The Lions are also receiving +220 moneyline odds while the Bears are -260. Oddsmakers have set the over/under (O/U) at 45.5 points, and if one team finds paydirt in the early stages, it’ll likely create a worthwhile betting scenario in-game.
The game’s total has been driven lower after opening at 47. The original line of -7 has remained firm.
The Lions have lost 3.0 units so far in 2018 and are 5-3 against the spread (ATS). The team has recorded an Over-Under mark of 5-3.
The Bears are up 0.2 units for moneyline bettors this season. They’re 5-3 ATS and the over has hit in five of their games.
The Lions are only 3-5 straight up (SU), including 1-1 SU against NFC North opponents. The Bears are 5-3 SU overall and 0-1 SU versus divisional foes.
Chicago enters this matchup on a two-game losing streak while Detroit has come out on top in its last two in a row. The Lions look to get back on track after a 24-9 loss to Minnesota last week. The Lions defense allowed the Vikings to rush for 128 yards on 23 attempts, along with one rushing TD. On the offense, Matthew Stafford completed 25 passes for 199 yards. Kerryon Johnson (37 rushing yards on 12 attempts) led the running attack. Theo Riddick (seven receptions, 36 yards) and Marvin Jones Jr. (six catches, 66 yards) shared the receiving duties in the defeat.
Chicago just picked up a 41-9 win over Buffalo in Week 9. Mitchell Trubisky completed 12-of-20 passes for 135 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Jordan Howard (47 yards on 14 rush attempts, two TDs) handled the running game while Anthony Miller (five receptions, 49 yards) and Taylor Gabriel (three catches, 45 yards) led the pass-catching attack in the win.
Detroit has run the ball on 38.7 percent of its offensive possessions this year while Chicago has an overall rush percentage of 47.0 percent. The Lions have produced 104.3 rush yards/game (including 80.0 per game against North opponents) and have four scores on the ground this year. The Bears are totaling 128.4 rush yards per game (139.0 in conference) and have eight total rushing TDs.
The Lions offense has averaged 265.6 yards in the air overall (191.0 per game against conference opposition) and has 14 passing TDs so far. The Bears have recorded 243.6 pass yards per contest (171 against NFC foes) and have 16 total pass scores.
Detroit has let opponents run for an average of 142.5 yards and pass for 235.6 yards per game. The Chicago defense has given up 253.8 yards per game to opposing passers and 84.9 yards per game on the ground. The Bears are allowing an adjusted net yards per pass attempt (ANY/A) of only 4.90 to opponents, while the Lions have given up a 7.73 ANY/A.
Offensively, Stafford is up to 1,801 passing yards this year, and has completed 68 percent of his 249 attempts with 12 scores through the air and five interceptions. He has a 6.29 adjusted net yards per pass attempt, including 4.89 over the last two games.
In the home locker room, Mitchell Trubisky has completed 151-of-231 passes for 1,729 yards, 14 TDs and seven INTs. Trubisky’s ANY/A stands at 6.47 for the season and 6.87 over his past two games.
Detroit Lions at Chicago Bears NFL Prediction
SU Winner: Bears, ATS Winner: Lions, O/U: Under
Team Betting Trends
- The Lions offense has created three pass plays of 40+ yards, while the Bears have accounted for six such plays.
- The Detroit defense has allowed four pass plays of 40 or more yards, while Chicago has given up seven such plays.
- The Detroit offense has created six rushing plays of 20 or more yards, while Chicago has created eight such runs.
- The Lions defense has allowed seven rushing plays of 20 yards or more, while the Bears have given up two such runs.
- Each team defense has created 24 sacks this year.
- Detroit has produced 4.8 yards per carry over its past three games and 2.7 over its last two.
- Chicago has averaged 4.5 yards per carry over its last three outings and 4.1 over its last two.
- Over its last three games, Chicago is 2-1 ATS and the over cashed in two of those three.
- The Over/Under for Detroit’s last game going into it was 47. The under cashed in the team’s 24-9 loss to Minnesota.
- In its last three contests, Detroit is 1-2 ATS and the under cashed in two of those three.
- The O/U for Chicago’s last outing was set at 38. The over cashed in the 41-9 triumph over Buffalo.