The Bears are coming off a bye last week and on paper should have little trouble with the Lions. Most football betting gamblers will be looking to lay the points with Chicago in this matchup.
NFL betting numbers show that the Bears are looking like contenders to make the playoffs in the NFC this season. Head coach Lovie Smith is happy about where the team is at. “I feel good about where we’re at as a football team,” he said. “We know what’s at stake the second half of the season. We’ve gotten ourselves in position to make a serious playoff run. Guys are pumped up about where we are right now as a football team and we’ll go from there.”
NFL betting numbers show that the Bears and Lions have actually split their last 10 meetings both straight up and against the football betting spread. The teams met in early October at Detroit and the Bears won 34-7 according to NFL betting numbers. Their last meeting in Chicago though was won by Detroit 16-7 last year according to NFL betting stats. The Bears are only 2-2 in the last four games at home against the Lions according to NFL betting numbers. Chicago is just above .500 as a home favorite the past few years according to NFL betting stats. The Lions have not been a good road underdog in recent years, winning under 40% of the time in that role according to NFL betting numbers.
Looking at the NFL betting total we find that six of the last ten meetings have gone under. The game earlier this year went under the football betting total as did last year’s game at Chicago. The Bears have surprisingly been a very good over team though at home in recent seasons according to NFL betting stats. Since 2005, the Bears have gone over the NFL betting total more than 60% of the time. The Lions have also been a good over team on the road during that time period, going over the total more than 60% of the time according to football betting numbers.
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