Chicago Bears vs. Detroit Lions Week 1 NFL Pick – September 13

A key NFC North rivalry will kick off the NFL’s Week 1 return as the Chicago Bears and Detroit Lions will do battle in an empty Ford Field.

The Bears had a down season in 2019, with many of their issues stemming from inconsistent play at the quarterback position. Chicago went out in the off-season and acquired veteran QB, Nick Foles – though still announced Mitch Trubisky will start the campaign as the first-choice option.

For Detroit, they too enter the season with some question marks and uncertainty at the quarterback position. Without having a pre-season to effectively assess rosters, you do have to wonder how healthy their starter Matt Stafford is entering 2020. He had bad back issues in 2019, needing to miss much of the season. If he isn’t truly healthy, the Lions could be in for another down season.

Although it’s just Week 1, rivalry and intra-division games are always crucial regardless of the time in the season. This Lions/Bears showdown should be no different, and it’s a perfect way to begin an entire Sunday of NFL action. As always, read on beneath the posted odds for match-up analysis and a betting preview for Detroit vs. Chicago.

Bears vs. Lions Betting Odds:

Chicago Bears +2.5 (-115)
@ Detroit Lions -2.5 (-105)

Over 42.5 (-110)
Under 42.5 (-110)

*Betting odds provided by BetOnline.ag

Bears vs. Lions Pick:

Chicago had lofty off-season aspirations and a lengthy wish list, though they can’t be too pleased with what they accomplished in free agency. They simply needed to enhance their offensive line, and didn’t. They’re an old group with many in that unit simply past their prime. Kyle Long has retired and without a viable replacement, it’s likely going to put Mitch Trubisky in tough situations early on this week.

As a result, it is tough to envision how Chicago can effectively move the ball this week, or most weeks, for that matter. The Lions don’t even boast that impressive of a pass rush, but Trey Flowers alone can disrupt a lot of what Chicago is going to do on offense. And while Trubisky has talented pass-catchers in Anthony Miller and Allen Robinson at his disposal, whether or not he’ll have enough time and space to get him the ball remains a big question mark.

On the ground, the Bears will likely not even have a safe option to turn to. Star running back David Montgomery is out, and it will be up to the shifty but untested Tarik Cohen to carry the load. That is a tall task against a sturdy Lions’ defensive front. Expect struggles moving the chains once again for this Bears group.

For Detroit, by all accounts Stafford is healthy and ready to go, but it’s worth treading carefully on that news. If he is, the Bears’ defense can be beat and has been weakened from when we last saw them in 2019. They’ve lost pieces in their secondary and along their linebacking crew, and can be thrown on.

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On the ground, Detroit could also be able to find some holes. While the Lions don’t boast one elite back, they have D’Andre Swift, Adrian Peterson, and Kerryon Johnson – all of whom offer different elements with the ball. Chicago’s quality nose tackle Eddie Goldman opted out of this season, leaving them especially vulnerable to runs up the middle.

The Lions do have some injuries worth monitoring in the lead-up to kickoff as names such as Kenny Golladay and Robert Quinn both have popped up on the injury report. Still though, this team has improved their depth of late, and can do more to frustrate a Chicago squad that will have big issues moving the football. As short favourites, look for the Lions to get it done on Sunday.

My Pick
Lions -2.5
Will S. / Author

Will has been working with The Sports Geek since its early days back in 2010. He began as a soccer specialist, focusing on detailed reports for major international competitions, including the World Cup and European Championships. Since then, he has produced weekly pick articles on both the NFL and English Premier League, while also contributing blog posts on the NHL, MLB, and even WWE wrestling. Will is also an avid sports bettor and daily fantasy player, always eager to share his thoughts and insight on anything going on in the world of sports.