Matchup: Chicago Bears vs. Detroit Lions
Date/Time: September 29th, 1:00 PM ET
Spread: Lions -3
First place will be on the line in the NFC North on Sunday in Week 4’s NFL betting action at Ford Field. The Detroit Lions are looking to force a tie with the Chicago Bears at the top of the division, while the Bears are just hoping to put some major distance between itself and the field as we close out the first quarter of the campaign.
Chicago is a 3-0 team, and its offense continues to put more and more points on the board with each passing game. Head Coach Marc Trestman and the gang have scored at least 24 in each of its games this year, and that’s a heck of an accomplishment for a team that has always historically been propped up by its defense and torn down by its offense. Through three games, QB Jay Cutler has done sufficiently, completing 67.3 percent of his passes for 693 yards and six scores against three picks. The interceptions are a bit worrisome, but the defense is helping out that cause quite a bit. The ‘D’ already has three touchdowns in three games on the season. There are some concerns about the passing game. Take away WR Brandon Marshall, RB Matt Forte, TE Martellus Bennett, WR Alshon Jeffrey, and WR Earl Bennett, and there literally isn’t another single reception on the team. RB Michael Bush is being used sparingly, and we’re wondering aloud is there could be some depth issues on this team.
The Lions just missed being a 3-0 team to start off the season, but we question the quality of foe that they have faced along the way. If you take out the games that were played against them, the teams that the Lions have gone up against are a combined 0-6 thus far in six games this season and none of them look even remotely good in doing so. That said, this offense still looks just downright lethal. RB Reggie Bush is going to be back in the fold this week with a knee injury, and though TE Brandon Pettigrew has continued to be a bust and WR Nate Burleson is now out with a broken arm that he suffered in a car accident, the pieces are still there. RB Joique Bell has been a monster, accounting for 296 yards of offense in two games, while Bush has been good for 260 yards in two games. WR Calvin Johnson already has 17 catches for 268 yards and three trips to the end zone, and he is clearly turning into one of the best wide receivers in the history of the game in front of our eyes.
The Lions covered both of the two meetings last year, but they also lost both games. We just don’t think that Chicago is as good as its 3-0 record suggests that it is. This is the game where the men from Motown make a proclamation that they are every bit as good as both the Bears and the Green Bay Packers, and not only can they get into the playoffs. They can win this division.
Chicago Bears @ Detroit Lions Pick: Detroit Lions -3
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