Thanksgiving is here and with it comes the turkey and a full slate of football. The Chicago Bears will come into this game having won two of the last three games they played including a 20-13 win over Detroit just a few weeks ago. The Lions could be without QB Matthew Stafford as injuries are still a concern. This should be an interesting matchup of two desperate teams in hopes of making a late season playoff push.
Let’s take a look at the latest NFL Odds while making some predictions.
Bears vs Lions 2019 NFL Week 13 Odds, Preview & Prediction
Why bet on the Chicago Bears?The Chicago Bears (5-6) followed up a disappointing loss with a 19-14 win over the struggling New York Giants (2-9), although it certainly was anything but pretty. While the Bears were plagued by the same self-inflicted mistakes and missed opportunities that cost them last week’s game against the Los Angeles Rams, this time they were struggling against a stumbling Giants team that had issues of their own.
While Mitchell Trubisky certainly didn’t have a great game, he stacked another solid performance, even if the statistics don’t necessarily indicate it. Trubisky certainly had some ugly moments, including two interceptions, but it was during the Bears’ hurry-up offense where the young quarterback stood apart from his struggles.
Not that Khalil Mack has been absent on the field, but he was absent in the box score in last week’s loss to the Rams. Not only did Mack dominate the box score, he was all over the field in Sunday’s win. While the Giants certainly tried to contain him, Mack surged through double and triple teams and made his impact known.
Whether it was the strip-sack or running through three lineman to force Jones out of the pocket and into an incompletion, it was good to have Mack back in the conversation, and the box score.
Why bet on the Detroit Lions?The Detroit Lions have sunk to a new level of unwatchable ineptitude.They just got beat 19-16 by pathetic, lowly Washington, one of the worst teams in the NFL.They got beat by a rookie quarterback making his third career start. They have lost seven of their last eight and there is little reason for optimism is Detroit. They are currently in the cellar of the NFC North division and the schedule doesn’t lighten up.
QB Jeff Driskel is doing a fine job but he is not the backup you want to fill in for Matthew Stafford. WR Marvin Hall also left the stadium early in a walking boot and could miss some extended time as well. They will dress three healthy receivers if he is out. Safeties Darius Slay and Tracy Walker may be the lone redeeming features of the Detroit defense, though neither has eye popping stats. The defense is allowing almost 30 points a game which ranks near the bottom of the league.
When the betting line first came out, it was a pick’em in Detroit, with a total at 41. Since then the Chicago Bears have become a one point road favorite, with a total of 39. Mitchell Trubisky is good enough to take down this beat-up Lions squad. This should be an easy one to get back into the win column for Chicago. Take the Bears on the road in the first game on Thanksgiving Day.