• The injuries continue to pile up on the Chicago Bears sideline, including Justin Fields.
  • Despite their winless record, the Detroit Lions are 6-4 against the spread.
  • Considering how evenly these teams are matched, the spread isn’t surprising. 

The Chicago Bears versus Detroit Lions is a staple of Thanksgiving football. These two teams have an incredible history and their next bout takes place on Thursday. Unfortunately, neither of these teams is performing well this season. The Chicago Bears have lost five games in a row, while the Lions haven’t won a single game this season. 

With both teams in desperate need of a win, you can expect a hard-fought game. The main question surrounding Chicago is who will get the start at quarterback. Justin Fields is still listed as “questionable” with a knee injury. If he doesn’t play, Andy Dalton will get the start. That being said, our main concern is figuring out who will cover the spread on Thursday.

Bears vs Lions Matchup at a Glance

Bears Preview: Chicago Might be Better in Dalton’s Hands

We understand that some fans love watching Justin Fields play. However, when he’s in the lineup the passing game is nearly non-existent. This season, they’ve averaged just 155.8 passing yards per game, last in the NFL. With an awful passing attack, teams have learned all they need to do is focus on the run. This has left the Chicago offense quite predictable.

With Dalton heading up the offense, they’ll focus on a more balanced attack. Going against the Detroit defense will be a lot easier with a balanced approach. The injuries on the defensive side of the ball are the real trouble. They have been unable to slow teams down because they have no pass-rush. This could give Tim Boyle opportunities to relax in the pocket. 

Lions Preview: Can Detroit Claim Their First Win of the Season?

A huge problem that the Lions have faced is that Jared Goff has been rushing his throws. He seems uncomfortable in the pocket and it’s shown all season. Luckily for them, the Bears defense has suffered numerous injuries. Goff will be out of this game, but Tim Boyle will have a chance to shine against the Bears defense. 

Their record doesn’t show it, but the Lions are quite good at the sportsbook. They have a 6-4 record against the spread this season and are 2-2 ATS at home. The last time these two faced, they were unable to cover the spread, so keep that in mind. 

Odds & Free Betting Analysis for This NFL Game

Taking a look at the Chicago Bears, they’re much worse against the spread. This year, they’re 4-6 against the spread and are 2-3 ATS on the road. They come into this game as just 3.5-point favorites, similar to their earlier meeting.

The last time these two played, the Chicago Bears won 24-14. Justin Fields was the quarterback in that game and the Bears were at home. This time, we believe the Lions will keep this game much closer, especially with all the Bears receivers injured. 

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