Thanksgiving Thursday is always an exhilarating day of turkey, pumpkin pie, and NFL action. Week 12 has football fans in for a real treat with a trifecta of solid games, and as has always been the case, The Sports Geek has all of your analysis and betting needs covered.
Game one will kick things off with a heated NFC North rivalry as the Chicago Bears travel to their divisional opponents in the Motor City, as the Lions await them.
Both teams have had their season plays out very differently so far in 2018. Chicago has been a big-time surprise outfit, entering Week 12 with a stellar 7-3 record. Coming off of yet another great outing on Sunday Night Football, the Bears will need to battle short rest to further try and take a hold of a tough division.
For the Lions, they’ve been very mediocre so far this year entering the week with a 4-6 record. A miracle would be needed for them to squeak into the post-season, and despite their big comeback win last week vs. the Carolina Panthers, the Lions are simply not consistent enough to figure things out for a post-season berth.
This match-up should get things off to a stellar start on Thanksgiving, and we’d like to begin the day with some profits. So keep on reading below the odds for a detailed breakdown and analysis of this Bears/Lions divisional clash.
Bears vs. Lions Betting Odds:
Chicago Bears -2.5 (-117)
@ Detroit Lions +2.5 (-103)
Over 43 (-110)
Under 43 (-110)
Bears vs. Lions Pick:
Both of these teams are quite familiar with one another, and especially so given the fact that they played each other just two weeks ago. In that game, the Detroit offense was absolutely stymied in every facet against a vicious Chicago stop unit. The enigmatic Matt Stafford took six sacks, and Detroit really struggled to consistently move the chains. Given the fact that only a few days have passed since this demolition, it’s unlikely that Detroit’s mostly clueless coaching staff has devised a game-plan to breakthrough against the Bears’ defense.
Expect Stafford to struggle once again, despite the fact that the Bears do enter coming off of a very short week having played Sunday evening. Chicago’s front seven is the best in the world right now, and Stafford will face a ton of consistent pressure. The Bears will also fully eliminate Kenny Golladay from the passing game, and if you’ve looked at the Lions’ depth chart lately – you’d know they don’t have much else in terms of playmakers.
Kerryon Johnson is also expected to miss out on this game as he is battling an injury. This eliminates a big backfield presence, and without this gamebreaking ability – the Lions will not be moving the chains with much regularity.
Meanwhile, expect the Bears to continue on with what they did to the Lions’ defense ten days ago. Chicago averaged 7.6 yards per play in the blowout victory, and while they might not be that dominant – the Bears have dominant pieces that can and should overwhelm Detroit’s defense.
Mitchell Trubisky has been awesome for Chicago this year, and much of that is due to his protection. His offensive line has given him all kinds of time and space in the pocket, and don’t expect the Lions to generate much pressure. Now it has been reported that Trubisky is out and Chase Daniel will be in, and there was quite the overreaction in terms of spread movement. Daniel is not terrible by any means, and if he can play mistake-free football, and continue to use the benefit of his blocking – he can move the chains on this porous defense.
Despite the short rest and backup quarterback situation, the Bears are far more motivated and are way more talented. Expect Chicago to turn in a workmanlike performance on Thursday, further strengthening their divisional lead in the NFC North.
PICK = Bears -2.5 (-117)