A key NFC North divisional showdown will unfold during the early slate of Week 13 action as the Detroit Lions travel to take on the Chicago Bears.
Of course, much of the pre-game hype will be centred around Detroit now being free of their unpopular head coach Matt Patricia. After his firing earlier in the week, there seems to be a sense of optimism within the group now and it’ll certainly be interesting to see if that can lead to positive results. Entering with a 4-7 record, the playoffs are still a slight possibility in this new expanded format – but Detroit needs to get healthy.
On the other side are the host team, the Chicago Bears. Speaking of head coaches, their boss called them out after a dismal effort last week on Sunday Night Football to Green Bay. Matt Nagy wasn’t pleased at all with the effort given, and at a 5-6 record, they can ill afford another down outing with playoff spots so tightly contested.
Both of these teams will enter Week 13 feeling this should be a must-win game. Injuries have already taken their toll in the lead-up to this contest, so full-scale preparation has obviously been hindered. For added team news, and a betting breakdown, continue reading on beneath the posted odds for our winning prediction in this big divisional clash.
Detroit Lions vs. Chicago Bears Betting Odds:
Detroit Lions +3 (+100)
@ Chicago Bears -3 (-120)
Over 45 (-110)
Under 45 (-110)
*Betting odds provided by BetOnline.ag
Detroit Lions vs. Chicago Bears Pick:
Without Patricia at the helm, interim coach Darrell Bevell will assume duties, though it will be interesting to see how this hapless Lions squad will respond. They haven’t played inspired football of late, and much of their talent seems to quickly be going to waste. It also doesn’t help that they’re battling some pretty key injuries at many skill positions.
Detroit is also pretty bad right now at stuffing the run, and though David Montgomery has had an inconsistent campaign for Chicago, a promising outing last week was encouraging. A balanced and productive Bears’ attack should be expected on Sunday.
The Lions remain a puzzle, and though they might actually put in way more effort as a result of Patricia’s firing, the injuries within their squad are pretty crushing. Kenny Golladay will again be out, and D’Andre Swift is listed as doubtful. Meanwhile, for Chicago Akiem Hicks will be back – likely the most crucial player along their defensive line. It’s a bad swap for Detroit, and these injuries do not bode well. Laying just a field goal, expect Chicago to improve their record to .500 against the depleted Lions.