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Predictions For Lions Bears Betting – Bears Try To Keep Lions Down In The NFC North

Posted by Tony Bryant on 10/17/2012 6:45:56 PM

The Detroit Lions grabbed a huge victory last weekend in Philadelphia against the Eagles. However, they're still in last place in the NFC North. They need to beat the Chicago Bears.

Detroit Lions @ Chicago Bears – Monday, October 22    
Betting line: Chicago -5

Why Detroit Will Win

The online sports betting legal world had reason to count out the Lions. Detroit had lost three straight games, falling to 1-3 on the season. The only remaining NFC franchise not to have made the Super Bowl was in the midst of a freefall that had everyone in the Motor City stricken with panic and disbelief. Last season, the Lions made the playoffs, creating the very understandable expectation that this would be another year of prosperity on the gridiron in Detroit. After the three-game losing streak, people wondered if this team could get off the canvas and change its fortunes. When Detroit fell behind the Philadelphia Eagles, 23-13, with only 5:18 left this past Sunday, a 1-4 start and a grim playoff outlook were staring the Lions in the face.

However, it was then that a team made a stand. Coach Jim Schwartz's club saved its season with a late 10-point rally that took the game into overtime. Detroit then defeated Philadelphia on a long field goal by veteran kicker Jason Hanson. Suddenly, the mood in the locker room is different. Abruptly, this team believes in itself again. Improbably, the Lions are infused with fresh hope and determination. They know they can take down a Chicago club that did not respond well to situational pressure last season.

In the Monday Night Football spotlight, Detroit knows that the whole league will be watching. The Lions, especially their sputtering offense, are being presented with a grand stage for an extremely crucial division contest. One should expect Detroit to play with a lot of passion in this game; if quarterback Matthew Stafford can display excellent ball security, the Lions have a very good chance to win, due to the fact that Chicago has been feasting on defensive touchdowns, especially from Charles "Peanut" Tillman. As long as Stafford doesn't give Tillman or any other Chicago defender free points or timely turnovers, the visitors can win in the Windy City.

Why Chicago Will Win

The football betting experts who are dissecting this contest are aware of Detroit's big win in Philadelphia, but one must realize that the Eagles fired defensive coordinator Juan Castillo after that game. The 26-23 Detroit win was far more a reflection of the Eagles' problems than Detroit's virtues. Philadelphia quarterback Michael Vick littered his stat sheet with multiple turnovers, giving Detroit some needed lifelines in that game. Chicago quarterback Jay Cutler has been smarter with the football than Vick this season. The Bears have played intelligent football and are getting great production out of a defense that was thought to be too old by a great many experts. The Bears have played better football than the Lions all season long. Playing at home on Monday night, they should flourish.

Who Will Win

It’s true that Detroit will enter this game with confidence, but Chicago has been a much better team all season long. The Bears will prove as much on Monday night.

NFL Football Betting Pick: Chicago


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