NFL Detroit At Chicago Winning Predictions
You can’t really tell what’s going to happen in any given division until the season starts, but the belief heading into the 2016 season was that the NFC North was going to be a 2-horse race between the Green Bay Packers and the Minnesota Vikings, and that is certainly how things have played out in the early going. The Lions and Bears will hook up in a divisional clash this weekend, and both teams really need a win if they want to stay close to the other two teams in the division.
Detroit appear to be having a tough time adjusting to life without Calvin Johnson in the line-up, and it’s the same old story for the Bears, with the fans already showing their displeasure with Jay Cutler at the QB position. A loss for the Bears would mean a 0-4 start to the season, and would almost certainly mean that they have no shot at the playoffs. The Lions can get back to .500 with the win, and that would at least keep them relevant in the NFC in the early going. Find out more about the latest betting lines here.
In Depth Analysis On The NFL Lions At Bears Winning Predictions
When: Sunday, October 2 at 1 PM EST
Where: Soldier Field, Chicago
Radio: WBBM and WJR
Live Stream: FOX Sports GO
NFL Odds: TBA
Why bet on the Detroit Lions
All the talk heading into the 2016 NFL football season was about how the Lions were going to be able to cope with life without Calvin Johnson. Oddly enough, their 1-2 record so far has little to do with the passing game, as Matthew Stafford has been putting up big numbers and sharing the wealth with all his receivers. The problem has been turning that possession into points, which was quite obviously the case in a 16-15 loss to Tennessee in Week 2. They had a better outing against the Packers last week, but were outgunned in a 34-27 loss at Lambeau. The Detroit Lions did pick up a road win in Indianapolis in Week 1, and should be considered the favorites to win again this weekend against a very weak Bears team.
Why bet on the Chicago Bears
Through the first 3 weeks of the season, the Bears have had to rely a little too heavily on the arm of Jay Cutler, and that is a problem. This is a team that is only averaging about 70 yards per game on the ground, and we all know that it’s tough to win in this league if you can’t find a way to grind out some yards in the running game. Cutler’s numbers have been improving each week, but the Bears are just not getting that many points on the board, averaging 15 points per game through the opening 3 weeks of the season. It’s obvious that the Lions have the ability to put big numbers up, and the best bet for Chicago here is to force some turnovers and get Stafford and company off the field.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
This season looks as though it is going to be a brutal one for the Bears, and I believe the Lions will rub some salt in the wounds this weekend. The Lions are 4-0 against the Bears in the last 2 seasons, and I think they will make it 5-0 with the win.
Detroit Lions 28 Chicago Bears 17