In this week 17 NFL preview between Bears and Lions, see who like to win the game and cover the spread.
Bears vs Lions Pick & Preview- NFL Week 17
On Sunday, January 1st at 1:00 PM ET, the Detroit Lions and Chicago Bears at Ford Field in Detroit, MI. FOX will carry the TV coverage for the game. The odds for this week 17 NFC North matchup have the Lions as the -5.5 point favorite on the spread.
Bears vs Lions Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NFL
- Teams: Chicago Bears at Detroit Lions
- Where: Detroit at Ford Field
- Date: Sunday, January 1st
- Betting Odds DET -5.5, CHI +196 | DET -244 O/U 52.0
Can Justin Fields Help Lead The Bears To A Road Upset At Detroit?
This week, the Chicago Bears are hoping to get back in the win column after falling 35-13 to the Buffalo Bills. Chicago entered the game as 8.5 point underdogs on the spread. Going into the game, the over-under total was set at 40 points, which the teams surpassed.
Chicago struggled to run the ball last week, finishing with just 80 yards on 29 attempts. David Montgomery led the team with 62 rush yards and did not find the endzone.
On his way to compiling 119 passing yards, Justin Fields finished with a passer rating of 92.5. Fields ended the game by throwing for 1 touchdown. Velus Jones Jr. was the team’s leader in the passing game, finishing with 52 yards and 2 catches. Chicago is the ranked team in pass yards per game, averaging 136.5 overall. This season, 36.84% of the team’s offensive plays have come through the pass, placing them 32nd in the NFL.
Can Jared Goff And The Lions Take Care Of Business At Home?
Heading into week 16, the Detroit Lions are looking to bounce back from a loss to the Panthers by a score of 37-23, giving them a loss against an NFC opponent. Detroit lost the game, even though they entered the game as -2.0 point favorites. The teams combined for a total of 60 points, which surpassed the over-under betting line of 43.
Detroit struggled to run the ball last week, finishing with just 45 yards on 17 attempts. The team’s leading rusher was quarterback Jared Goff, who finished with just 15 yards and a per attempt average of 3.
Quarterback Jared Goff had an excellent game through the air, finishing with 355 total passing yards, leading to a passer rating of 110.7. Goff also managed to throw for 3 passing touchdowns. Although DJ Chark did not come up with a touchdown grab, he was still productive with 108 receiving yards. For the year, Detroit is averaging 254.9 yards per game through the air. Going into the game, the Lions have thrown a total of 7.0 interceptions, coming on a passing completion percentage of 64.77% (19th).
Odds & Free Betting Analysis for this NFL Game
In game 1 of this year’s series between the two teams, the Lions came away with a 31-30 win over the Bears. Not only did the Lions come away with a straight-up win, but they also covered the spread as -5.5 point underdogs. Last season, the Bears and Lions met up for 2 games, with Chicago winning both matchups by scores of 16-14 and 24-14.
Over the last 5 matchups between Chicago and Detroit, the Lions have won 3 of the last 5 games. The over-under record in these games sits at 3-2, with the average scoring total coming in at 48.6 points.
The Detroit Lions have gone 3-2-0 vs the spread in these games. On average, the Bears have averaged 25.4 points per game in the past 5 head-to-head matchups, compared to Detroit at 23.2.
Across the Bears’ last 5 road games, the team averaged 23.6 points per game while allowing 30.0. Their record vs the spread in these contests was 2-3, while going 1-4-0 straight-up.
In their last 5 games at home, the Lions have a straight-up record of 3-2 while going 4-1 vs the spread. The team’s offense averaged 28.2 points per game in these contests.
Bears vs Lions Pick
- Free Spread Prediction: Bears 5.5
- Free Total Prediction: Over 52.0
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