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NFL Betting: Detroit Lions vs. Chicago Bears

The Lions will try for the eighth time this NFL betting season to get the bagel out of its win column when they head to the “Windy City” to clash with the Bears. Sportsbook will have all of the NFL betting action available until the game kicks off from Soldier Field at 1:00 ET on Sunday.  The Bears (4-3, 4-2-1 ATS) got the best of their Week 5 meeting earlier in the season, beating the Lions (0-7, 2-5 ATS) 34-7 in the “Motor City”.

It was the first time in four games that Chicago covered Detroit.  Football betting gurus who backed Detroit had to think that they had their third straight game covered when QB Dan Orlovsky hooked up with Calvin Johnson for a touchdown that put Detroit within five points of the Skins late in the 4th quarter.

But in traditional Detroit fashion, they gave up a field goal with 2:00 to play to make the final score 25-17.  The defense is still a huge problem when it comes to beating the NFL betting line, as they had no answer for QB Jason Campbell and the Skins offense.  Their stop unit ranks either dead last or next to last in every major defensive category, and that’s why they’re 0-7.

The Bears were off from football betting action last weekend.  However, they’re winners in three of their L/4 games both SU and against the pro football betting line, and have surprisingly done it on the offensive side of the ball.

QB Kyle Orton has thrown for 1,669 yards and boasts a solid TD:INT ratio of 10:4.  In his L/3 games, Orton has averaged just over 300 yards per game and has tossed five touchdowns with no INTs.  Chicago has scored at least 20 points in all but one of their games this year.

The defense has uncharacteristically struggled though, giving up 23.8 points per game if you exclude the first meeting with the Lions.  Oddsmakers have installed the Bears as hefty 13-point home favorites in this NFL betting match-up, with the ‘total’ coming in at 43.

If recent form within the division is any indicator, Chicago is the side to back in this spot as they’ve covered four straight games against the NFC North, while Detroit is just 1-5 ATS in its L/6.

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