Chicago Bears (7-3) at Detroit Lions (4-6)
NFL Football: Thursday, November 22, 2018 at 12:30 pm (Ford Field)
The Line: Detroit Lions +4 -- Over/Under: 45 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Chicago Bears and the Detroit Lions meet in Thanksgiving Day NFL action from Ford Field on Thursday afternoon.
The Chicago Bears enter this game with a record of 7-3 following a 25-20 win over Minnesota to push their winning streak to 4 games. Mitch Trubisky has thrown for 2,469 yards, 20 touchdowns and 9 interceptions on 65.4% passing while Jordan Howard leads the Bears in rushing with 523 rushing yards and 5 touchdowns this season. Taylor Gabriel leads the Bears with 44 catches for 478 yards, while Tyrik Cohen has 40 grabs for 458 yards and Allen Robinson II comes right behind with 457 receiving yards and 4 touchdown.s. Trey Burton and Anthony Miller each have 5 receiving TDs this season as well. Defensively, Khalil Mack leads the Bears with 8 sacks while Kyle Fuller has 4 interceptions and Roquan Smith leads Chicago with 55 tackles this season. As a team, Chicago is averaging 357.9 yards of total offense and 29.4 points per game this season. The Bears are also a tough nut to crack on defense, sitting top-5 in the league in terms of total yardage (314.4 YPG/3rd in NFL), rushing yards against (77.8 YPG/1st) and scoring defense (19.5 PPG/4th) this season.
The Detroit Lions are in dire need of another win after picking up a 20-19 win over Carolina in their last outing. Matthew Stafford has thrown for 2,605 yards, 17 touchdowns and 8 interceptions while Kerryon Johnson leads the Lions on the ground with 641 yards and 3 touchdowns this season. Kenny Golladay leads the Lions with 47 catches for 714 yards and 5 touchdowns while Marvin Jones Jr. had 35 grabs for 508 yards and 5 touchdowns of his own. Defensively, Devon Kennard leads the Lions with 6 sacks while Jarrad Davis has a team-high 49 tackles to go along with 4 sacks this season. As a team, Detroit is averaging 343.7 yards of total offense and 22.2 points per game this season.
Chicago is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 division games while the over is 5-0 in their last 5 games following a win. Detroit is 5-2 ATS in their last 7 home games and 4-10 ATS in their last 14 games against a team with a winning record while the over is 6-2 in their last 8 division games. Chicago is 3-1-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings between these two teams but just 2-6 ATS in the last 8 meetings between these two teams in Detroit.
The Lions need this game and want some measure of revenge after Chicago took the first meeting just over a week ago, but I’m not sure how confident I am backing Detroit here. The Lions did get a much-needed win last week, but Cam Newton and the Panthers bailed them out by missing a wide-open receiver on a questionable 2-point convert attempt rather than force overtime. Chicago is looking like what they are right now, and that’s the best team in the NFC North, so I’ll lay the points with Chicago in a game I see the Bears winning by at least a touchdown.