Chicago Bears (5-6) at Detroit Lions (7-4)
|Date & Time||Thursday November 27, 2014, 12:30 PM (EST)|
The Line: Detroit Lions -7 -- Over/Under: 47.5
The Chicago Bears and Detroit Lions play Thanksgiving afternoon at Ford Field.
The Chicago Bears have won back-to-back games and are hoping to build that momentum with a win here. Jay Cutler is completing 66.8 percent of his passes for 22 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. Cutler has four touchdowns and two picks in his last two games and the Bears have won five straight games when he doesn’t throw an interception. The Bears have 30 passing plays of 20 or more yards and four different players with more than 50 receptions. Alshon Jeffery and Martellus Bennett have combined for more than 1,400 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns while Brandon Marshall has 18 receptions in his last three games. The Bears are averaging 4.1 yards per carry, as Matt Forte leads the way with 822 rushing yards and five touchdowns. Defensively, the Chicago Bears are allowing 27.5 points, 367.3 yards, and they’ve forced 27 sacks and 18 turnovers. Ryan Mundy leads Chicago with 62 tackles and Willie Young has eight sacks.
The Detroit Lions have lost two straight and return from back-to-back road games. The Lions are still led by their defense that’s allowing 17.3 points, 303.8 yards, and has forced 26 sacks and 17 turnovers. The Detroit Lions are 7-3 this season when allowing less than 30 points. DeAndre Levy leads Detroit with 106 tackles and Ezekiel Ansah has 5.5 sacks. Offensively, Matthew Stafford is completing 58.8 percent of his passes for 13 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. Stafford has zero touchdowns and two picks in his last two games and the Lions have 35 passing plays of 20 or more yards. Golden Tate and Calvin Johnson have combined for more than 1,600 receiving yards and six touchdowns while Jeremy Ross has four receptions in his last two games. The Lions are averaging 3.3 yards per carry, as Joique Bell leads the way with 490 rushing yards and three touchdowns.
The Bears are 1-5-1 ATS in their last 7 Thursday games and 10-21-1 ATS in their last 32 games overall. The Lions are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. NFC North and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Bears are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 meetings in Detroit and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 meetings overall.
The Chicago Bears know they need this game if they have any hope of reaching the playoffs and this may be a good time to get it. The Lions are looking shaky on both sides of the ball the last couple of weeks, and the Bears have the offensive weapons to keep this game close on a short week.