The dominance of the Chicago defense was on display in the Sunday night showcase victory over Minnesota that improved the Bears to 7-3. They shut out their opponent in the first half for the third time this season, something NFL betting fans should take note of.
No doubt having a healthy Khalil Mack made a huge impact but overall the Bears’ D has put together an impressive season and it continues to get better.
Bears QB Mitch Trubisky suffered a shoulder injury Sunday after he was tackled by safety Harrison Smith. He was visibly shaken after the play and has been in limited practice this week.
The short week to prepare is problematic for Chicago nursing Trubisky’s injury, and if he is not ready to go Thursday, the dynamic of the game changes significantly. Chase Daniel is Chicago’s back up if Trubisky is not able to go.
Bettors need to keep an eye out as game time approaches Thursday.
The Bears are 4-point favorites, according to 888Sport, and the key to controlling this game will be for Chicago to exploit the Detroit secondary with a passing attack while at the same time balancing the running game between Jordan Howard and Tarik Cohen to not become one dimensional.
The offense wasn’t hitting on all cylinders the entire Vikings game but did enough to put points on the board against one of the league’s toughest defenses.
Quarterback Mitch Trubisky completed 20 of 31 passes for 165 yards with one TD, two interceptions and a 61.9 passer rating. He also leads all NFL quarterbacks with 363 yards on the ground.
Certainly that will be greatly impacted on whether Trubisky or Daniels is behind center but in either case the approach should be the same. Cody Parkey will need to make the most of his scoring opportunities and not revert to his previous nightmare game against Detroit.
The Bears have a record of 7-4-0 as a favorite. The Lions are 7-7-0 as an underdog. While they may be 2-3 straight up against the Lions, the Bears have been better against the spread. Take the Bears -4 with 888Sport.
The Bears lead the NFL with a plus-13 turnover ratio, 27 takeaways, 18 interceptions, 97 points off takeaways and 77.8 rushing yards allowed per game, and they're tied for tops in the league with 15 forced fumbles.
Detroit is 4-6 and on the fringe of completely dropping out of playoff competition. They are in a “must win” situation in this Thanksgiving Day showdown to keep those hopes on life support.
The Lions scratched out a 20-19 win over Carolina last week. Offensively Matthew Stafford (23-of-37, 220 yards, 1 TD), Kerryon Johnson (15 carries, 87 yards, 1 TD) and Kenny Golladay (8 catches, 113 yards, 1 TD) carried the day.
But Detroit’s offense is shorthanded. Stafford’s air attack is down a significant weapon with the loss of Marvin Jones to a knee injury and the ground game is also weaker given Kerryon Johnson’s injury. It could mean a very tough day eking out yards and points against the stout Chicago defense.
The line at Karamba is 45.5. Remember Chicago buried Detroit just 12 days ago in a game that saw the Bears lead 26-7 at halftime. The potential to put up points – again much hinging on Trubisky’s health – will be there for Chicago.
Detroit’s offense hasn’t been stellar even without the now impactful injuries to Jones and Johnson. This has the potential to be a lower scoring, defensive-minded game given those latest developments. Bet the under with Karamba.
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