Bears vs. Lions Total Pick
Will the Detroit Lions and Chicago Bears find themselves in a shootout when the two NFC North rivals meet on Saturday at 4:30PM ET?
According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, Detroit is favored at home in this game, as the Lions are getting odds of -5.5 points against Chicago. The over/under total for the contest has been set at 44 points. Detroit has won eight of its last nine meetings with Chicago, including a 27-24 win at Chicago on Nov. 19. These two have hit the under in three of their last four encounters. The public betting in this game has 51 percent of the wagers going on the Lions at home. Saturday’s game takes place from Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan and will air live on the NFL Network.
Chicago is coming off a 33-7 win at Cincinnati last weekend to snap a five-game losing streak. The Bears are now 4-9 on the season. They have hit the under in three straight games and are 9-4 with the under this season. Chicago has struggled on offense this season, averaging just 17.2 points and 309.1 yards per game. Mitchell Trubisky has thrown for 1,508 yards with six touchdowns and four interceptions in his rookie year. He is coming off one of his best games, throwing for 271 yards and a TD against the Bengals. Jordan Howard is leading the offense with 1,032 rushing yards and seven touchdowns. The defense is giving up 25.3 points and 375.9 yards per game. Akiem Hicks is leading the unit with seven sacks.
Detroit ended a two-game losing streak last week in Tampa Bay with a 24-21 victory to improve to 7-6 on the season. The Lions are 9-4 with the over this season despite hitting the under last week. The Lions are putting up 26 points per game on offense while averaging 361.5 yards per game. Matthew Stafford is dealing with a hand injury, but still has thrown for 3,683 yards and 23 touchdowns this season to go with nine interceptions. He has been sacked 39 times and the Lions have just 992 rushing yards as a team. Marvin Jones Jr. is the leading receiver with 51 catches for 885 yards and eight touchdowns. Defensively, the Lions are allowing 25.3 points and 375.9 yards per game. Turnovers have been key for the unit. They have 13 interceptions and 11 fumble recoveries. Darius Slay has five interceptions and 17 pass deflections.
The meeting between these two a month ago hit the over and I think Saturday’s game could see the same. The Bears had one of their best offensive showings in the loss, producing 398 yards. The Lions threw for 287 yards against the Bears and will now return indoors, which should help their offensive continue to produce yards. Detroit is averaging 27 points per game at home. They should be able to find ways to move on Chicago while the Bears will be able to run on this beat up Lions’ defensive front.
NFL WEEK 15 PREDICTION: BEARS/LIONS OVER 44