The Chicago Bears will travel to face the Detroit Lions in a week seventeen NFL pro football game on Sunday afternoon. Kick off time from Detroit is scheduled for 1PM Eastern Time with national television coverage provided by FOX.
The point spread opened up in this NFL game with the road team Chicago Bears favored by -3 points with an over under line of 44 ½ points. Early money from the bettors has not moved this betting line as the Bears are now favored by -3 points. The total too has not moved off the opener of 44 ½ points.
The teams first met this season way back on October 22nd and it was Chicago with the 13-7 home win in a defensive struggle against the Detroit Lions as a -6 ½ point betting favorite. The total landed under 46 points. The Bears shut out the Lions until 30 seconds remaining as Detroit pushes across a late touchdown. NFL Trend: Detroit Lions are 4-1 ATS in their past four meetings with the Chicago Bears
The Bears will play at Detroit with a record of 9-6 on the season. In order to qualify for a wildcard playoff from the NFC conference the Bears must win and hope that the Vikings will lose over three hours later in their home game against the Green Bay Packers. The Packers are playing for a first round bye in the playoffs giving the Bears great hope. Chicago has struggled down the stretch with five losses over their past seven games. They break a three game losing streak last week in a 28-13 road win last week to the Arizona Cardinals as a -7 point betting favorite. The total landed over 36 ½ points. The Bears got a downtrodden offense team in Arizona where their defense could exploit. They held the Cardinals to just 29 rushing yards and 219 through the air. The Chicago defense forced three Arizona turnovers. The Chicago passing game still struggled last week as Jay Cutler hits on 12 of 26 throws for 146 yards and a touchdown. Cutler has 18 touchdowns and 14 picks on the year with a completion percentage of 58%. The Bears are the 29th ranked passing attack in the NFL. They are a top five defense giving up just 314 yards and 17 points a game.
The Lions are playoff eliminated as they enter play at 4-11 on the season. The team is 2-5 on their home field. Since a 31-14 road win on Jacksonville on November 4th the Lions have lost seven straight games. The defense has completely fallen off the tracks as they have given up an average of 30 points a game. Detroit falls short on Saturday night in a 31-18 home defeat to the Atlanta Falcons as a +3 ½ point home underdog. Bad red zone execution hurt the team last week with just 1 of 4 touchdowns in the red zone. Detroit loses despite 522 offensive yards. Quarterback Matthew Stafford has no touchdown passes in his past two games. For the year the Lions signal caller has 17 touchdowns and 16 picks and a 60% completion percentage.