Do you believe in Mike Martz’s offense and the Bears or do you believe that Detroit is vastly improved this season in quarterback Matthew Stafford’s second year? The Bears are favored by almost a touchdown in NFL betting as they host the Lions on Sunday.
Based on the preseason it is hard to get too excited about laying points with the Bears. They still have Jay Cutler at quarterback and he still throws way too many interceptions. Maybe that will change this season but you are going to have to show me first.
Key Matchup – The big matchup in this game is going to be Chicago’s offensive line against Detroit’s defensive line. The Lions are a lot better upfront than a year ago with Ndamukong Suh and Kyle Vanden Bosch and they should dominate Chicago’s banged up line. Cutler won’t have much time to throw and he could get sacked numerous times on Sunday. The Bears gave up 16 sacks in three preseason games. Cutler may not survive against Detroit’s front four.
Stafford, Johnson and Best – The Lions offense is simply better than Chicago’s. Stafford might already be better than Cutler. Calvin Johnson is far better than anyone on Chicago’s offense and rookie Jahvid Best is better than any of Chicago’s running backs.
Road Shocker – Do you know how long it has been since the Lions won a road game? They last won a game on the road in 2007-2008. That season was the last time the Lions won a divisional road game. This game on Sunday against the Bears is a winnable game in NFL betting for Detroit. They have the talent to win against Chicago. Before the season is over you might even be able to make the case that Detroit is the better team.
The Bears are 6-point NFL betting online favorites at Sbgglobal with the total on the game at 43. The trends don’t point to either team in this game as they both have struggled recently. The Lions are 1-5-2 ATS in their last 8 road games but the Bears are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games. A couple of trends do favor Detroit as the underdog in this series is 15-7 ATS in their last 22 meetings and the road team is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings.