A pair of disappointing NFC North rivals will square off early Sunday afternoon from the Windy City as the Detroit Lions head to Chicago to do battle with the Bears.
Both of these teams would have thought they’d be positioned differently in the standings at this point in the season, though some bad luck and ill-timed offensive schemes will make post-season qualification tough for both the Lions and Bears. Still though, given the immense amounts of talent both rosters possess – there’s still hope for these groups, even in a competitive NFC environment.
The Bears have continued to struggle, especially on offense. Though they’ve been in many games, their lack of a capable quarterback has hindered their ability to succeed of late. That said, they still possess many elite pieces – especially on defense, and remain tough to beat at home. This veteran-laden group is well aware of the ramifications, and should be poised for a big bounce-back spot in Week 10, following a dismal outing last week against Philly.
For Matt Patricia’s Lions, it’s been tough to shake off some poorly officiated games, and you get the sense their record should also be better. That said, this group still has many holes, and have long struggled to match up against the pesky Bears in recent seasons. Like their opponents from Chicago though, Detroit feels that they should be better than their record would indicate, but the time to show that is now.
With two desperate divisional rivals squaring off, it should make this early game one to definitely keep your eye on. Read on below the posted odds for a full game breakdown, betting analysis, and a pick for the Lions vs. Bears in Week 10 action.
Lions vs. Bears Betting Odds:
Detroit Lions +2.5 (+100)
@ Chicago Bears -2.5 (-120)
Over 41.5 (-105)
Under 41.5 (-115)
Lions vs. Bears Pick:
Though the Bears offense is still relatively stagnant through the air with Mitchell Trubisky at the helm, the Chicago offense did have a bit of a breakthrough last week vs. Philadelphia. Running back David Montgomery was finally unleashed and played very well against a mostly stout Eagles’ run defense. The young rookie was elusive and hit his holes hard for big gains.
This week, expect the Bears to again put an emphasis on revitalizing their struggling offense via the run game. The Lions are atrocious defending opposing running games, and with Montgomery finally getting featured as he should have been all season long – expect the young runner to be able to show his talents. Beyond Montgomery, maybe Trubisky will be a bit better in Week 10 seeing as the Lions have safety injuries. We all know he’s got the weapons, so perhaps if Trubisky just puts the ball somewhat in the vicinity of Allen Robinson, the rangy receiver should be in line for a big outing.
On the other side of the football, the Lions are seeing the Bears at a bad time for themselves. Firstly, they really don’t match up all that well with their divisional rivals, and secondly, the amount of injuries they’re currently facing at key positions will make success tough on Sunday.
The Lions have a brutal running game, especially with Kerryon Johnson out. That’s really too bad because the Bears won’t have their main run-stuffer in the middle in Akiem Hicks. That is a big opportunity lost, and as a result it will force Detroit to really look through the air on Sunday. Chicago is an elite defense against the pass, and much of that can be attributed to the dominating amounts of pressure they can generate on opposing QB’s. That’s not great news for the immobile Matt Stafford, who himself has been rumored to be battling some injuries.
This season has gone south in a hurry fast for the Lions, and given their injuries heading into Week 10’s crucial clash, it’s tough to see them emerging with a positive outcome against Chicago. The Bears aren’t great either, but their ground attack and defensive pressure should propel them to a home victory on Sunday.