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NFL Betting Preview: Chicago Bears vs. Detroit Lions

December 10, 2023



A pair of NFC North teams will face each other on Sunday afternoon in week 14 of the NFL season when the Detroit Lions travel to Chicago, Illinois to face the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field with the game kicking off at 1:00 PM ET and will air on Fox.

The Detroit Lions are the best team in the NFC North and are tied for the 2nd best record with the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC while also having a 3-game lead over the Minnesota Vikings and Green Bay Packers for 1st place in the division. The Lions feature one of the best passing offenses in the NFL as they enter this game averaging 263.25 passing yards per game which is the 4th most in the league and Jared Goff has played a pivotal role in the success the offense has had as he enters this game having completed 291 of 430 attempts for 3,288 yards with 20 touchdowns and eight interceptions while the Lions are the 6th highest scoring team in the NFL with an average of 27.25 points per game. The Detroit Lions will look to build off the momentum from their 33-28 win on the road against the New Orleans Saints last week when they travel to face the Chicago Bears in week 14 of the NFL season.

Chicago has been the worst team in the NFC North and is tied for the 4th worst record in the NFC with a record of 4-8, however, they have won two of their last three games including a 12-10 win on the road against the Minnesota Vikings before their bye week. Chicago features a below-average scoring offense as they enter this game averaging 20.17 points per game, however, they have been an above-average rushing offense as they enter this game averaging the 3rd most rushing yards per game in the league with an average of 137.67 rushing yards per game. The Bears have also been one of the worst scoring defenses in the league as they are allowing an average of 24.67 points per game which is tied for 27th in the NFL. The Bears will look to win their 2nd game in a row for the first time this season when they host the Detroit Lions on Sunday afternoon.

BookMaker has the Detroit Lions listed as 3-point favorites on the road against the Chicago Bears on Sunday afternoon in week 14 of the NFL season. Chicago has won six of the last ten while Detroit has won the previous three matchups including a 31-26 win at home in week 11. The teams are 5-5 ATS in the last ten while the Lions are 2-1 ATS in the last three games in the series. The Detroit Lions are 8-4 ATS overall, 5-1 ATS on the road, 7-3 ATS as a favorite, and 1-2 ATS in division games this season while the Chicago Bears are 5-5-2 ATS overall, 1-2-2 ATS at home, 5-4-1 ATS ATS as an underdog, and 2-2 ATS in division games on the year.

Detroit is the better team this season and has been the better team most recently in the series, winning the previous three meetings while going 2-1 ATS in those contests. The Lions have also been the better team at covering the spread this season as they are 8-4 ATS overall and 5-1 ATS on the road while the Bears are 5-5-2 ATS overall and 1-2-2 ATS at home. I look for those trends to continue which is why I am laying the points when the Detroit Lions travel to face the Chicago Bears. 

Spooky Express Pick: Detroit Lions -3