Detroit Lions vs. Chicago Bears: Preview and Pick
The line on tonight’s game between the Detroit Lions and the Chicago Bears opened at -6 in favor of the Bears, and since then it has only moved a half point to -6 1/2. I don’t expect it to move off of that number either, as the money being placed on this game has been pretty even, public money wise at least.
We got off to another good start in our NFL Picks Against the Spread for Week 7, as we finished Sunday’s game with a 6-4-1 record, which makes our total record for week 7, 7-4-1 thanks to Seattle covering the spread on Thursday night. After assuring another winning week, our record for the season thus far is 58-42-3, which is a 58% winning percentage.
Here is our Monday Night Football Pick and Preview for Week 7 in the NFL, as always home teams in ALL CAPS and betting line is courtesy of betus.com/pa, with additional info at bangthebook.com:
CHICAGO -6 1/2 over Detroit
The Detroit Lions rallied late in the 4th quarter last week against the choking Philadelphia Eagles, and wound up winning the game in overtime, 26-23. Matthew Stafford looked off all game, but credit to him as he was able to lead the Lions to 17 forth quarter points while contributing on both touchdowns in the final ten minutes.
If it wasn’t for a week 2 stumble against a very good Green Bay Packers team, the Chicago Bears would unanimously be considered the best team in the NFL. In their four wins this season they have outscored their opponents by 91 total points or just over 22 points per game. They smother teams on defense, at the same time they play outstanding special teams, not to mention they have two good running backs they can rotate to stay fresh late in games.
The way you beat the Bears is to put pressure on Cutler with your front four, force him to make mistakes and make him take sacks. In the loss to the Packers, Cutler threw four interceptions and was sacked seven times. Detroit is ranked 20th in the NFL in sacks with 12 total in five games. I just don’t think the Lions will be able to consistently put pressure on the quarterback to make a difference.
Detroit is 1-7 against the spread in their last eight games. I like the Bears to win comfortably, 31-20.
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