The Lions entering week four winless comes to no real surprise. Although, they would’ve ended last week with a win if it weren’t for an NFL record 66-yard field goal from Justin Tucker as time expired. The Ravens escaped the Motor City with a win, keeping the Lions without a win.
The Chicago Bears are an interesting team to follow at this point in the season. Starting quarterback Andy Dalton is banged up so the 11th pick in this past draft, Justin Fields, is taking the reigns. His first start last Sunday turned into a disaster as he was sacked nine times. He also finished with only one net-yard passing. Both the Lions and Bears are struggling right now, so it will be intriguing to see who comes out on top this weekend.
Here’s how the bookmakers have set the Lions-Bears odds for Sunday’s matchup.
NFL Odds: Lions-Bears Odds
Detriot Lions +2 1/2 (+100)
Chicago Bears -2 1/2 (-120)
Over 41 1/2 points (-110)
Under 41 1/2 points (-110)
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Why The Lions Could Cover
The Lions are more than capable of keeping this game close. It’s going to come down to them executing in the first half. They have already proved to make a run late in the game. In the week 1 loss, the Lions were getting blown out by the 49ers until the last three minutes. You can say it was garbage time stats but at the end of the day, it is not easy to score points in the NFL. The Bears’ defense isn’t playing as expected either, so this is a good time to take advantage of what is in front of them and earn their first win of the season.
Jared Goff and the Lions’ offense have the potential to score a lot of points. They have a solid running-back tandem in D’Andre Swift and Jamal Williams, along with a beast at tight end, TJ Hockenson. Divisional games are always close and come down to the wire. If the Lions have the ball late in the fourth quarter with a chance to win, it will be difficult to stop those playmakers in the RedZone.
Why The Bears Could Cover
The Bears are the favorite to win this game. With all that is going on with that franchise, it doesn’t seem like they should be the favorite in any game they play right now. Their QB situation is a confusing one, but it does have the potential to work itself out if Fields can find his groove. He played a great defense in Cleveland last week but will play a much easier defense in Detroit this weekend. He shouldn’t sustain the same pressure he received last week, which will allow him more time to create plays. Receiver Allen Robinson and running back David Montgomery are both due for a breakout game. This could be a perfect matchup for it.
The Bear’s defense is a dominant one when they are all playing at their best. They can shut down many offenses and still contain one of the elite pass rushers in Khalil Mack. It will be a matter of getting to Goff and if they can be successful in that, then they should have no problem covering this spread.
Final Lions-Bears Prediction & Pick
Taking the Bears at -2 1/2 is the safest bet in this Lion-Bears prediction. The Bears only scored six points last week, but that shouldn’t repeat as they are facing a weaker defense. The Lions have a lot of work to do if they want to turn things around. Once again, the Lions are capable of scoring points, but if the Bears’ defense shows up it will stop all momentum. It’s hard to tell if this will be a low-scoring or high-scoring game. If the Lions can find the holes in the Bears’ defense, then this could turn into a slugfest. I expect Fields to play a lot better this week, so I like the over in this game.
Final Lions-Bears Pick: Bears – 2 1/2 (over 41 1/2)