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Bears vs. Lions Betting Lines – NFL Week 13

Chicago Bears vs. Detroit Lions Thanksgiving Day Preview

When: Thursday, November 27th 2014 at 12:30pm ET
Where: Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan
Watch: CBS

The Chicago Bears 5-6 (5-6 ATS) have won two games in a row and they need to keep winning to fight for an NFC wild card. They’ll be on the road on Thanksgiving Day to take on the Detroit Lions 7-4 (5-6 ATS) who comes into this game on a 2-game losing streak.

Latest Bears vs. Lions Point Spread & Over/Under

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I’m surprised that the point spread is this high based on both teams recent form and on H2H trends. I really don’t have a lean on the game total because the Lions offense has been horrendous as of late, but the Bears defense has been just as unpredictable.

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Both offenses are struggling this season, but the Bears have an edge. They have a better run game and more weapons in the pass game that are consistent. Defensively, these teams are polar opposite, as the Bears are terrible and the Lions are the best.

Lions vs. Bears Week 13 Preview

What have we learned from the Bears recent win streak? Not much. They beat the Vikings (21-13) and Buccaneers (21-13) and they were down early in both match-ups. Detroit has lost to the Cardinals (14-6) and Patriots (34-9), but they have big problems.

Last season the Lions offense completely shutdown down the stretch and that appears to be happening again. Matthew Stafford has been missing his receivers and the offensive line has been poor at best. This offense really needs Reggie Bush back from injury.

Reports state that Bush is expected to play, but he was supposed to play against the Patriots as well. The Lions have been averaging 251.7 PYPG (10th) and 80.8 RYPG (30th). They can’t run the football and that has allowed teams to double up on Calvin Johnson.

After watching the Lions lose to NE I also think the team needs to call plays better on offense. Chicago’s defense is playing better, but they’re still ranked 29th against the pass (260.5 PYPG) and 12th against the run (106.8 RYPG), which isn’t going to cut it.

There is no excuse for the Lions pass happy offense not to get rolling against the Bears secondary whether Bush is back or not. I still believe the Lions have the best defense in the NFL, but the secondary has started to get exposed in the last couple games.

In the last two weeks Stanton has thrown for 306 yards and Brady has thrown for 349 yards on the Lions. When the Lions front four isn’t getting pressure on the QB the secondary gets exposed. Against the Patriots there were receivers left absolutely wide open.

Detroit is still giving up just 233.1 PYPG (10th) and 70.7 RYPG (1st). Jay Cutler is prone to making big mistakes in games, but he’s also willing to air it out to Brandon Marshall, Alshon Jeffrey and Matt Forte. The Lions can’t afford leaving these playmakers open.

The Bears only average 246.1 PYPG (14th) and 100.5 RYPG (20th) on offense, but they’re capable of much more than that. The o-line is weak and a lot of their offensive woes are because of that, but Cutler also has to take responsibility for his bonehead mistakes.

Bears vs. Lions Predictions

The Lions won both H2H games last season by 8 points and 2 points, but prior to that the Bears had won three in a row. This point spread is too big for the Lions to cover. This is the opening game on Thanksgiving Day and the Bears may even win this game SU.

If Cutler can avoid turning the football over I think the Bears can beat the Lions. Detroit’s offense is playing very poorly and even the Bears struggling defense should be able to limit them. I expect both teams to score 21-27 points and the Bears will cover.

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