Week 12 brings us three exciting contests, including a compelling Bears vs. Detroit game. The Bears will try to escape a five-game losing streak following a loss to the Ravens. Meanwhile, the hosts remain in a rut after recording their ninth defeat of the season. They return to the Ford Field on Thursday following a two-game stint on the road.
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Bears vs. Lions Game Information
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- When: Thursday, November 25, 2021, 12:30 PM ET
- Where: Ford Field, Detroit, Michigan
- TV: FOX
- Radio: WBBM Newsradio 780 AM (Bears) / WXYT-FM 97.1 (Lions)
- Live Stream:NFL Game Pass
- NFL Odds: Bears (-3.5) / Lions (+3.5)
Why Bet on the Chicago Bears?
The Bears surprisingly cling onto the third spot in the NFC North division. They currently have a 3-7 overall record and a chance to improve their numbers against a struggling Lions squad. The team is coming off two narrow losses against the Steelers and the Ravens, respectively. After coming so close to breaking a losing streak, we expect the Bears to go all out on Thursday.
The visitors are one of the lowest-scoring teams in the league. They average 16.7 points (29th) per game. Offensively, the team also put down one of the lowest yards records at 280.7 (31st) in ten games played. Nevertheless, despite the underwhelming numbers, the Bears still have something under their sleeve. The team puts down impressive rushing statistics. They average 136.6 rushing yards (fifth) and 1.0 rushing touchdowns (11th) paper game. This should fare well against a Lions team that has trouble dealing with rushing plays.
Defensively, the Bears have respectable numbers. They allow 348.9 opponent yards (12th) and 226.1 passing yards (tenth) per game. However, there’s room for improvement when it comes to handling rushing plays. The team allows 122.8 opponent rushing yards (22nd) per game.
Quarterback Justin Fields is on the questionable list due to a rib injury. If he does not get cleared before Thursday, Andy Dalton will take charge and start the game for the Bears.
Why Bet on the Detroit Lions?
The Lions were four points shy of their first victory when they played the Browns in Week 11. However, it proved to be a tough night for Dan Campbell and company. They failed to close on the 13 points the Browns scored in the second quarter alone. This is the third time they lost by three points or less in all ten games.
The team averages 16.7 points (29th) in ten games. Although the team hasn’t scored over 20 points since their opener, we know that the squad is capable of generating numbers after scoring 33 points against the 49ers in Week 1.
Offensively, the side records 319.4 total yards (27th) and 211.2 passing yards (25th) per game. The Lions are not the best rushing team, but certainly not the worst as well. The team averages 108.2 rushing yards (20th) and 0.9 rushing touchdowns (14th) per game.
On defense, the Lions limit their opponents to 244.1 passing yards (17th) per game. This should be a focal point for the team seeing how the Bears only record 144.1 passing yards (32nd) per game.
The Lions’ starting quarterback Jared Goff remains out of commission due to an oblique injury. Tom Boyle is expected to assume responsibility. Meanwhile, right guard Halapoulivaati Vaitai and right defensive end Da’Shawn Hand are on the questionable list for Tuesday’s contest.
Bears vs. Lions Betting Trends
- The Bears are 3-2 in the last five regular-season road games against the Lions (2-3 ATS).
- The Bears are 3-7 in the last ten regular-season road games (4-6 ATS).
- The totals went under in three of the Bears’ last five regular-season road games against the Lions.
- The Lions are 1-9 in the last ten regular-season games at the Ford Field (5-5 ATS).
- The Lions are 6-4 in the last ten regular-season home games against the Bears (6-4 ATS).
- The totals went over in six of the Lions’ last ten regular-season home games.
Bears vs. Lions Expert Betting Predictions
The Bears enter the game as favorites, but not by much. This is where the Lions should get a move on and close the gaps. Covering the spread shouldn’t be a problem for the hosts as they come off a 16-13 defeat to the Ravens, who are by far the more superior team of the two. Ultimately, the Bears can only secure this one once they start firing on cylinders. This should bring forward an interesting matchup for football and betting fans.
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