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The Detroit Lions have fallen off the pace in the last five weeks, dropping four contests over the span and that has pushed them out of the playoff picture. They are coming off a disappointing loss on the road against the Oakland Raiders.
Meanwhile, it has been much of the same for the Chicago Bears with their struggles to find consistency having lost their last four straight contests and that has dropped them out of the hunt for the NFC North. The bulk of their struggles have come from their offensive shortcomings that were on display against the Philadelphia Eagles in last week's loss.
It sets up what should be an intriguing division matchup with both teams looking to get back on track.
Lions hoping to get back on trackFollowing a hot start to the season, the Lions have stumbled in the last few weeks as they have fallen below the .500 mark on the year with their playoff hopes now in question. There may be an entire second half of the year to play, but the Lions have been the short end of the stick with them struggling to break through late in games. It has seen three out of their last four games come by seven or fewer points that have led to them being a bit of a hole for their push towards the postseason. Detroit has had some solid play from Pro Bowl quarterback Matthew Stafford, putting up some strong production over the last month as he has racked up 2,499 passing yards with 19 touchdown passes to four interceptions while holding a 106.0 passer rating.
Stafford has been a definite bright spot with his arm as he has tallied at least three touchdown passes and a passer rating above 100 four times in the last five games while breaking 300 passing yards on three occasions. Veteran wideout Kenny Golladay has been the primary weapon in the passing game as he has 35 catches for 640 receiving yards and seven touchdowns. Golladay has notched more than 100 receiving yards three times in the last four games with a touchdown in three out of the last five games. Veteran wide receiver Marvin Jones Jr. has played a big factor alongside him as he has tallied more than 70 receiving yards three times in the last five contests with five touchdowns. If the Lions hope to push past the struggling Bears, it will need their offense to be the difference.
Bears fallen into deep offensive rutComing off a trip to the playoffs and an NFC North division title, the Bears have fallen completely on their face in the 2019 campaign with them moving out of the playoff picture. They have struggled tremendously on the offensive side of the ball with the bulk of that coming towards third-year quarterback Mitchell Trubisky, who has regressed with his play under center. Trubisky has had plenty of issues throwing the ball as he hasn't been reliable in any regard this season with his passing. His play has been unaspiring as he has lacked the ability to lead the offense as he has 1,217 passing yards with five touchdowns to three interceptions while holding a 63.0 percent completion rate along with 80 passer rating. What has hurt his production is the inability to run the ball as the Bears have also had major trouble in that aspect.
The hope was that rookie David Montgomery could pick up steam after his standout training camp and preseason play, but he has struggled to find any traction with his performance. Montgomery has rushed for 406 yards with five touchdowns with just 3.6 yards per carry. He was able to tally a pair of touchdowns against the Philadelphia Eagles with 40 rushing yards. Former Pro Bowl wideout Allen Robinson has been their biggest threat in the passing attack with 47 catches for 532 receiving yards and three touchdowns. Ultimately, if the Bears want to get back on track, it will need their offense to be heading the charge.
- Chicago is 1-4 ATS in their last five home games.
- Chicago is 1-5 ATS in their last six games following an ATS loss.
- Chicago is 0-5 ATS in their last five games following a straight-up loss.
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- Detroit is 4-1 ATS in their last five games in Week 10.
- Detroit is 10-3-1 ATS against a team with a losing record.
- Detroit is 8-3-1 ATS in their last 12 games on grass.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
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The Bears defense has been reliable throughout the year despite injuries, but it's simply too hard to trust their offense with Trubisky. Detroit has a large edge at quarterback due to Stafford. The Bears have been one of the least productive units in the league and there isn't any reason for optimism with their play offensively. All of this simply points to Detroit putting forth a bounce-back performance on the road.
Prediction: Detroit +2.5
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That said, it's hard to trust the offense at this point, especially behind the lackluster production from Trubisky this season. Stafford should be able to put up a respectable performance, but it won't push the contest past the over/under line. It may just turn out to be a repeat of what happened last week between the Bears and Eagles.
Prediction: Under 41.5