NFL odds handicappers are seeing the Detroit Lions begin to be worn down by the grueling schedule and competition with the NFL lines as they continue to rebuild.
The Detroit Lions will host the Chicago Bears in the renewal of an ancient NFC North Division rivalry that will be telecast on FOX at noon ET. Sports-Gambling opened with Chicago as a 3 point favorite with a total of 44.5.
Chicago has a record of 8-3 straight up and 6-4-1 with the NFL gambling odds to stand alone atop of the NFC North. The Bears have gone under the total in 8 of their 11 games this year. Chicago is coming off one of their biggest and most impressive wins of the season last week in their 31-26 home payout against Philadelphia.
Head coach Lovie Smith promoted a return of the “Monsters of the Midway” attitude on defense in training camp and it has paid off as the Bears rank 2nd in the NFL for points allowed. The offense has been inconsistent and ranks 22nd for scoring but is showing improvement.
Jay Cutler has climbed to a 90.4 QB rating with a 16/10 TD/INT ratio. Johnny Knox has emerged as a dangerous deep threat with 18.5 yards per catch. The Bears are riding a 4 game winning streak and have paid out in 3 straight games.
Detroit has a record of 2-9 straight up and 7-4 against the spread. The Lions have gone over the total in 8 of 11 games. Detroit’s board value with the NFL betting lines is eroding however as they have failed to get the money in their last 3 games.
Last week’s Thanksgiving Day matchup with New England was emblematic of the Lions season as they had a 24-17 lead midway through the 4th quarter only to end up as 45-24 losers. Detroit’s offense has shown vast improvement and ranks 12th in the NFL for scoring but the defense is slipping and ranks 25th for points allowed.
Starting quarterback Matt Stafford continues to be out indefinitely and Shaun Hill remains the fill in.
Chicago has beaten the NFL odds in 4 of their last 6 games at Detroit with the series going under the total in 6 of the last 9 meetings in the motor city.