Free Week 1 Prediction: Bears vs. Lions NFL Odds
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NFL Handicapping: Week 1
(0-0) Chicago Bears vs. Detroit Lions (0-0)
Date: Sunday, September 13th
Time: 1:00 PM
Venue: Ford Field, Detroit, Michigan
NFL Week 1 ATS Betting Lines: Lions -3
NFL Week 1 Moneyline Odds: Lions -125, Bears +105
NFL Week 1 NFL Betting Total: 44
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The NFC North seems pretty wide open right now. The favourites are Green Bay and Minnesota but both of these teams have a shot to surprise.
Detroit is the favourite at home and the jury is still out on which of these teams can be a challenger to the Packers and Vikings.
I like Detroit a lot more than Chicago right now.
Chicago went from a division title to just 8-8 last season and all of the blame fell on Mitch Trubisky and an offense that scored only 17.5 points per game. That is an easy analysis to make though I do think that not all of the offensive shortcomings fall at his feet.
The defense was very sharp once again ranking 4th in points allowed but they did not generate the big plays, interceptions and sacks, that keyed their rise a year ago. That put a lot more pressure on the offense to perform and it struggled.
Nick Foles has been brought in to challenge at quarterback. He might be the guy but perhaps just as important is Jimmy Graham at tight end. That position has been key to unlocking modern offenses and if he can be a difference-maker the Bears would be much more dynamic.
I know this is a passing league but the Bears have to get better at running the ball if they want to lead with that defense. Getting less than four yards a rush is not going to cut it.
Chicago has made some moves to try and get back to being a contender but overall I am not super optimistic right now.
The Lions only won three games a year ago so there is pretty much nowhere to go but up this season. There is some buzz building too.
A lot of that buzz is coming from the fact that last year, before getting hurt Matthew Stafford was having his best season in the NFL.
This April they added a new element to the team with RB D”Andre Swift from Georgia. He can take any carry or catch to the house and should help a rushing attack that was pretty pathetic year ago.
If they are going to climb in the standings defensive improvement is key. That is supposed to be the specially of coach Matt Patricia but thy were atrocious last season and lost their best corner. Jamie Collins was brought in at linebacker and Des Trufant to make a difference at corner.
This is a spot where the offense should be more than potent enough to start the season with a win. It will also give the defense a nice runway for hopefully a better season.
NFL Betting Trends:
- Under is 7-1 in CHI last 8 games as an underdog.
- Under is 7-2 in CHI last 9 vs. NFC North.
- Under is 15-6 in CHI last 21 games overall.
- Over is 12-1 in DET last 13 games in Week 1.
- DET are 2-9 ATS in their last 11 games overall.
- DET are 2-7 ATS in their last 9 vs. NFC.
4* Free NFL Betting Prediction: Detroit -3
This one has moved from -1 to -3 but I would be surprised if it moves further than that. Basically take the Lions to win the game which I think they will.
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