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This Sunday, there will be a game between two NFC East rivals as the Detroit Lions travel to Soldier Field to take on the Chicago Bears. Both teams are coming into this game with hopes of winning the division but only one of these teams is headed in the right direction. The Chicago Bears are coming off of a dominating 41-9 win against the Buffalo Bills while the Detroit Lions are coming into this game off of a disappointing loss against the Minnesota Vikings.
Chicago’s Defense Dominates Against Bills
This season, the Bears were expected to take a massive leap forward as the team was expected to compete in the NFC for a playoff spot. So far this season, the Bears have exceeded expectations and are currently in first place in the NFC North. The Bears have been led by its elite defense which have suffocated opposing offenses into submission. The team’s defense was already good but became immensely better once the team acquired former NFL Defensive Player of the Year Khalil Mack during the offseason. However, Mack has missed the team’s last couple of games with an injury and might also miss this upcoming game. Mack did not play last week and the Bears defense still went off for two defensive touchdowns and along with four sacks and four forced turnovers.
Chicago’s defense currently ranks fourth in the NFL in points allowed per game with 19.1 and is ranked second in the NFL in turnovers forced with 21.
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Chicago’s offense is led by second-year quarterback Mitchell Trubisky who has looked significantly better this season in comparison to his rookie campaign. This season, Trubisky has thrown for over 1,900 passing yards and 16 touchdowns while only throwing seven interceptions. However, he has also made quite an impact in the ground game as he has also rushed for two touchdowns. Trubisky now has to face a divisional opponent at home and will need to play well if the Bears plan on winning this contest.
Stafford Takes Beating Against Vikings
The Detroit Lions had high expectations for themselves entering this season under new coach Matt Patricia. However, this season has been a struggle for the Lions as the team has failed to get any consistent production out of its offense and its defense. Last week, the Detroit Lions played against the Minnesota Vikings and got thoroughly destroyed. The Vikings held the Lions to just nine points and even had a defensive touchdown. The Lions were unable to get anything going in the passing game due to Minnesota’s elite pass rush which recorded a franchise-record ten sacks in the contest. With an elite pass rush on deck in Chicago, Detroit better fix its offensive line issues in a hurry.
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— Minnesota Vikings (@Vikings) November 5, 2018
Detroit’s offense is led by veteran quarterback Matthew Stafford who has looked average so far this season. This season, Stafford has thrown for over 2,100 passing yards and 14 touchdowns while only throwing six interceptions. However, he has also lost four fumbles which has contributed to the team’s offensive struggles. Stafford now has to face one of the best defenses in the league after taking one of the worst beating in his career last week. Look for Stafford to check it down a bit more this week in order to cope with the poor offensive line.
- Bears are 5-1 ATS vs. a team with a losing record.
- Bears are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games.
- Bears are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. NFC.
- Lions are 3-9 ATS vs. a team with a winning record.
- Under is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings in Chicago.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
The Bears are the better all-around team and will be playing in front of its extremely loud crowd at Soldier Field. The Lions traded away one of its best players in Golden Tate before the trade deadline so one has to question if the team has accepted this season as a failure. Meanwhile, The Bears are currently winning the division and have, in my opinion, the best defense in all of football. For that reason, I gotta side with the home favorite.
Prediction: Bears -6.5
Full-Game Total Pick
With Detroit’s struggling offensive line, I cannot see the Bears finishing this game with less than four sacks. I expect Stafford to spend most of the afternoon under pressure as Detroit’s offense fails to get anything going. Chicago’s offense is ok but tends to eat up a lot of time through its ground attack. With Chicago’s commitment to controlling the time of possession and Detroit’s offensive line woes, the under is also a solid play in this one.
Prediction: Under 45