For years the Chicago Bears have been the better team in the NFL betting odds but with a rebuilding campaign starting to take root in the Motor City, this could be the year that the Detroit Lions finally take the next step and leap frog the Bears in the NFC North pecking order.
Don’t get me wrong, neither of these is much better than .500 but in terms of potential and the battle to avoid last place in the NFC North the upside for the Lions is far higher than that of the Bears. With young talent at key positions like QB Matthew Stafford, WR Charles Johnson and DT Ndamukong Suh this team is going somewhere. In contrast, the only place the struggling Bears team is going is down. The sad thing for Chicago fans is that you can’t really look at any single position on this squad and say: Wow, we’ve got a great player there.
The Bears offense will be shaky -at best- this NFL gambling season. QB Jay Cutler has one of the worst seasons of his career (league high 26 INTs) and found that life without any receivers is not fun. The Devon Hester experiment at WR seems to have been a failure and the team would get more offensive value just leaving him as the full time kick/punt returner. The only problem is this team is so thin at receiver it can’t afford to. There’s hope for the running game, led by RB Justin Forte, but much depends on the pass game working properly to set things up.
On defense the team brought in DE Julius Peppers to shore a sagging unit and big things are expected from him. This unit will have its hands full with what should be a much improved Lions offense.
Stafford is an exciting QB with tremendous upside if he can cut down on INTs. The running game sputtered in previous years but exciting rookie Jahvid Best could change that.
Kickoff for this Sunday matchup is set for 1:05 Eastern Time and sbg global sportsbook opened with the Bears as a 6.5-point favorite in this matchup with an over/under total at 44.
Look for the Lions to at least cover the spread and perhaps even pull the upset in this sports betting matchup.