Chicago Bears (2-3 SU, 2-3 ATS) vs. Detroit Lions (0-5 SU, 1-4 ATS)
NFL Week 6
Date/Time: Sunday, October 18th, 1:00pm
Where: Ford Field Detroit, MI
by Bob, NFL Handicapper, Predictem.com
Point Spread: CHI +3 / DET -3
Over/Under Total: 43
Tune into Fox on Sunday to check out an amazing NFC North showdown between the 2-3 Chicago Bears and the 0-5 Detroit Lions. Yeah, it is hard to make this game sound exciting, but I tried. Both teams are disappointing so far in 2015, but of the two, the Lions are absolutely badreal bad. Chicago sits in 3rd place in the division while the Lions, well, of course they are dead last not only in the NFC North, but right now, they are the worst team in the NFL. With that said, Detroit is the home team and they are very hungry to get that first win, especially against a division foe.
Want to hear something crazy? Okay, the Detroit Lions are FAVORED AT HOME over the Bears by three points. Thats right..Detroit is a home fave and are sitting at 0-5 overall. The total points are set at 43 combined. Currently, 60% of the money is actually on the Lions to cover at home too. Is there something I do not know here? The Bears have won their last two games and in my opinion, the Lions are actually getting worse and worse each week. So, let us take a closer look here and see what the heck is going on.
The Detroit Lions are bad. Real, real, real bad. At 0-5 they rank dead last in rushing yards averaging just 49 a game, yeah, 49 RUSHING YARDS PER GAME! I cannot remember a time I saw a team this bad in that category this far into the season. The defense has not helped either. The Lions D is allowing nearly 28 points a game, which ranks them in bottom 3-4 of the NFL and their scoring offense.wow. On offense, the Lions are scoring an average of 16.6 points per contest. What shocks me is that there are actually two teams worse than them in the NFL. Not sure how, but it is true. With a gun slinger like Matthew Stafford throwing to Calvin Johnson, there simply is no excuse in an offense being so bad. You know defenses are keyed in on Megatron and for that very reason alone, the run game should at least have some success, just a littleya know? Stafford does have the Lions averaging almost 275 yards a game in the air, but along with his 1,200 passing yards and six touchdowns, he has also turned the ball over NINE times. NIIINEEE times (Ferris Bueller reference). Stafford has thrown eight picks and lost a fumble. Maybe this can all be blamed on the offensive line. A QB under pressure, zero running game, you do have to look to the O line in some fashion I would say. Here is the deal, the Lions need to just simply get it together on both sides of the ball. Someone needs to step up, be a leader, and say enough is enough. The key to this game for Detroitdo better.
The Chicago Bears started 2015 with three straight losses, but since then they have won two straight and getting to face off against Detroit could be .500 come Sunday afternoon. The three losses were tough. How would you like to start your season with games against Green Bay, Arizona, and Seattle. Yeah, Seattle is a little down, but that is still three tough games to kick off a season. Chicago can finally breathe some and play some games that are winnable. Three early games against some of the best NFL teams have the Bears suffering statistically. Chicago is only averaging 17 points a game, not as bad as the Lions but close. They also rank near the bottom of the NFL in offensive passing yards and points allowed by their defense. This weekend against the Lions, Jay Cutler and the Bears offense led by Matt Forte need to take advantage. Chicago still has SOMEWHAT of a chance to get on a win streak and make a push for a wildcard berth. They have Detroit twice, Minnesota twice, Tampa, San Francisco, and the Redskins to look forward to. They could EASILY go on a mini run and finish this season at 9-7. But will they?
This teams are both pretty down. The Bears are in better shape due what I pointed out already. Two game winning streak, already played the hardest part of their 2015 schedule, and now they get to play a Detroit team that had to bench their quarterback just this past week. With a majority of the money sitting on Detroit, and the fact that they have yet to find a way to win a game means I am staying far far away. I think the Bears go in and win their third straight game and the Lions go to 0-6. I feel a very ugly game. Turnovers, bad plays, mistake after mistake. But I think Chicago escapes with a 21-16 win or something. Until Detroit proves they can win, I refuse to bet on them!
Bobs Pick to Cover the Point Spread: TAKE THE CHICAGO BEARS ON THE ROAD TO COVER THE THREE POINTS!
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