NFL Betting: Bears-Lions Battle Will Be For The NFC North Lead In Week Four
The Green Bay Packers are struggling, which opens the door for both the Chicago Bears and the Detroit Lions to take the early lead in the NFC North Division. Who will win this Sunday?
Chicago Bears @ Detroit Lions – Sunday, September 29
Betting line: Lions -2.5
Why Chicago Will Win
When people who frequently try their hand at online betting are confronted by the reality of a new NFL season, they don’t know quite what to expect. After three games, the Chicago Bears have exceeded expectations. Yes, this was supposed to be a season in which Chicago needed to do well, but 3-0 is probably better than a lot of NFL pundits expected from this team, which has not been a model of in-season consistency in recent years. Chicago has been up and down, prone to stretches of brilliance and periods of ineptitude. The Bears did make the NFC Championship Game in the 2010 season, but that was and is the exception that proves the rule. Against an opening schedule of Cincinnati, Minnesota and Pittsburgh, most experts probably pegged the Bears as a 2-1 team, so a 3-0 start is a bit of an eye-opener.
The biggest reason the Bears should win this game, though, is really not the Bears themselves. The Lions might be 2-1, but that record appears to be a reflection of the teams the Lions have played to this point. Detroit won an ugly game against an 0-3 Minnesota squad, lost to a bad Arizona side on the road, and then beat a terrible Washington team by only seven points this past weekend. Detroit is still prone to all sorts of mistakes and lapses in discipline. The Lions really haven’t transformed themselves this season; they’re merely better than the Redskins and Vikings, which isn’t saying much. It’s actually rather startling that Detroit is an outright betting favorite in this game. Chicago is simply a steadier and more solid team right now.
Why Detroit Will Win
When people in the online sports betting community try to assess this game, they’re going to look to the fact that Detroit – though still erratic – slew a lot of demons last weekend by winning on the Washington Redskins’ home field. That’s something the Lions had never been able to do in over 20 prior games. Winning a road game that had historically been a source of failure is just the kind of achievement that can fill a team with belief and confidence. Detroit is prone to all sorts of slip-ups, but no one has ever doubted that this team has the talent to do well. The Lions in recent years have not lacked high-end skill players. There is always the potential for Detroit to become a next-level force in the NFL. If this team plays up to its capabilities, it should beat the Bears at home.
Who Will Win
The guessing game in any Detroit game is to ascertain if the good version of the Lions will show up or not. The sense here is that the good Lions are not yet ready to stick around for a long period of time. The Bears should be the choice.
NFL Betting Pick: Bears +2.5
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