With the holiday season officially upon us, the NFL shifts to some special Saturday scheduling for Week 15. In the NFC, there will be a big divisional showdown to get the day started between the Lions and the Bears. At 7-6, Detroit knows it is basically win or go home for them, and they are aware it will require them to most likely win out to qualify for the post-season.
On the other end is a Bears squad that isn’t going to just roll over for their bitter rivals. Chicago has been playing better football in recent weeks, their defense remains solid, and Mitchell Trubisky is improving on a weekly basis. All of this should combine to offer us a pretty solid Saturday of NFL football. As always, your betting needs are covered at The Sports Geek, so read on below the odds as we’ll look to continue our torrid pace over the past few weeks.
Bears vs. Lions Betting Odds:
Chicago Bears +5 (-110)
@ Detroit Lions -5 (-110)
Over 43.5 (-110)
Under 43.5 (-110)
Betting odds provided by Bovada.lv
Bears vs. Lions Pick:
Matt Stafford looked good last week overcoming a hand injury to do damage against the lowly Buccaneers, but I’m thinking things will be much tougher for him in Week 15 vs. Chicago. Even though he shredded the Bears the last time out, it is worth noting the fact that Chicago was without linebacker Danny Trevathan on defense. He has been absolutely integral this season and is basically the brains, heart, and soul of their stop unit. He’ll be in the lineup this time around and that alone should make Chicago more organized on defense. As a unit, the Bears possess a talented defensive group – as seen last week against the Bengals when they only allowed 7 points against.
Detroit also has virtually no running game. Neither Theo Riddick or Ameer Abdullah have been all that impressive in 2017, and neither will muster much against the Bears. This should allow Chicago to focus much of their efforts on simply limiting the Lions through the air. It could get even more interesting if Stafford’s right tackle and centre – Ricky Wagner and Travis Swanson do not suit up. That could be a big loss along the offensive line and allow the Bears to get frequent pressure on Saturday afternoon, especially from Pernell McPhee. These aren’t your same Bears and I think they’ll be amped up to do a good job on Stafford and the Detroit offense here in Week 15.
Mitchell Trubisky looked pretty darn good last week and for long-suffering Chicago Bears fans, what a sight that was to see. He went 25 of 32 in passing for 271 yards and looked to be in complete control. This week, don’t be shocked to see if pick up where he left off as he has the ability to shred this Lions’ defense. Trubisky was solid the last time he took on the Lions but I’m expecting even more from him this week as he’s more comfortable overall and the emergence of Adam Shaheen and Dontrelle Inman have helped him mightily.
The last time these squads met in Week 11, the Bears crushed the Lions with their running game. They ran for 169 yards all over Detroit and the Lions simply do not defend the run game well. They should be able to control this area again and this will open things up downfield for Trubisky.
This spread seems a bit high, even with the stakes heightened for the Lions. Simply put, there’s not much separating these teams at all right now – and I think recent form favours the upstart Bears. The future is bright in Chicago and with the team sensing a positive new direction, I think the Bears are relishing the opportunity to deflate Detroit’s playoff hopes. Look for Chicago to keep things tight on Saturday.
PICK = Bears +5 (-110)