Bears vs Lions Betting Preview
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The Chicago Bears just won a tough divisional road game with their back-up quarterback.
Da Bears now come home to Soldier Field for another NFC North battle, this one with the Detroit Lions, Sunday afternoon (1 pm ET, CBS).
Chicago beat Green Bay Monday night 27-20, winning outright as 10-point dogs, as Josh McCown, in for the injured Jay Cutler, threw a pair of TD passes.
So there's now a three-way tie for first place in the North between the Bears, Lions and Packers.
Detroit won the first game of this season series back in Week 4 by a 40-32 score, covering as three-point home favorites. The Lions are 6-1 ATS over the last seven games in this series.
In the early betting on Sunday's game Detroit, which had last week off, was again favored by a field goal.
The Bears sport a record of 5-3 and 2-5-1 ATS heading into this matchup, while the Lions sit at 5-3 and 4-4 ATS on the season. The over under records are 6-2 for the Bears and 5-3 for the Lions.
Bettors looking to back the visiting Lions in this one found them as 3.5-point favorites earlier in the week at Bovada, while the total was settling in the neighborhood of 49.5 at shops such as 5Dimes.
The OddsShark Power Rankings have the Bears at No. 12 and the Lions at No. 15 heading into this contest. Handicapping models project a 28-27 result in favor of the Lions.
The Lions were a 31-30 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Cowboys. They failed to cover the 3-point spread as favorites, while the total score (61) made winners of OVER bettors. In their last game, Chicago got a 125-yard performance from Matt Forte as a key part of its 27-20 win over Green Bay.
How They Match Up:
The game also pits Chicago's No. 2-ranked offense, averaging 30 PPG, against a Lions defense that ranks No. 18 this week at 24.62 PPG. The Bears aerial game is averaging 256.88 yards per game, less than the Lions secondary allows through the air, 272.5 YPG per game.
In comparing defenses, the Lions own the league's No. 23-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 128.25 yards per game when on the road. Chicago, on the other hand, rates No. 21 this week in generating rushing yards at home.
A few Lions at Bears trends to consider:
Detroit is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
Detroit is 5-11 SU in its last 16 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Detroit's last 5 games
Detroit is 4-12-1 ATS in its last 17 games on the road
Chicago is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
Chicago is 7-3 SU in its last 10 games
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Chicago's last 10 games
Chicago is 0-4-1 ATS in its last 5 games at home
Detroit at Pittsburgh, Sunday, November 17th
Chicago at Baltimore, Sunday, November 17th