NFL Betting Preview: Detroit Lions vs. Chicago Bears
Oddsmakers project a tight game between NFC North rivals when the Detroit Lions (0-0) host the Chicago Bears (0-0) on Sunday, September 13, 2020 at Ford Field. Chicago is a 2.5-point underdogs. The contest has an over/under of 42.5.
Game InfoGame Day: Sunday, September 13, 2020 Game Time: 1:00 PM TV Channel: FOX Location: Detroit, MI Stadium: Ford Field
Lions Players to WatchLast year, Matthew Stafford recorded 2,499 passing yards (312.4 yards per game) while going 187-for-291 (64.3% completion percentage) and throwing 19 touchdowns and five interceptions in eight games. Adrian Peterson rushed for 898 yards on 211 carries (59.9 yards per game) while scoring five touchdowns in 15 games a season ago. In 2019, Kerryon Johnson ran for 403 yards on 113 carries (50.4 ypg), with three rushing touchdowns over the course of eight games. He also caught 10 passes for 127 yards (15.9 ypg) and one touchdown. Last season, Kenny Golladay grabbed 65 passes (on 116 targets) for 1,190 yards (74.4 yards per game) and scored 11 touchdowns in 16 games. Marvin Jones Jr.'s statline last year showed 62 catches for 779 yards and nine touchdowns over 13 games. He put up 59.9 receiving yards per game and was targeted 91 times. Danny Amendola caught 62 passes on 97 targets for 678 yards and one touchdown, averaging 45.2 yards per game in 15 contests in 2019. Last season, Jamie Collins Sr. racked up 7.0 sacks, 10.0 TFL, 82 tackles, and three interceptions in 16 games. Tracy Walker collected 100 tackles, 6.0 TFL, and one interception in 13 games over his 2019 campaign. Desmond Trufant intercepted four passes while adding 18 tackles, 1.0 TFL, and seven passes defended over nine games a season ago.
Bears Players to WatchMitchell Trubisky racked up 3,152 passing yards (210.1 yards per game) with a 63.2% completion percentage last year (326-of-516), while throwing 17 touchdowns and 10 interceptions in 15 games. He also added 193 rushing yards on 48 carries with two touchdowns, averaging 12.9 yards per game. David Montgomery took 242 attempts for 889 rushing yards a season ago (55.6 yards per game) while scoring six touchdowns in 16 games. Tarik Cohen totaled 213 rushing yards on 64 carries (13.3 yards per game), with zero touchdowns on the ground over the course of 16 games in 2019. He also caught 79 passes for 456 (28.5 yards per game) and three touchdowns. Last season, Allen Robinson II grabbed 98 passes (on 153 targets) for 1,147 yards (71.7 yards per game) while scoring seven touchdowns in 16 games. Anthony Miller also tacked on 52 catches for 656 yards and two touchdowns in 16 games last year. He was targeted 85 times and put up 41.0 receiving yards per game. Over 16 games in 2019, Cohen caught 79 passes on 104 targets for 456 yards and three touchdowns, averaging 28.5 receiving yards per game. Last season, Robert Quinn piled up 11.5 sacks, 13.0 TFL and 34 tackles in 14 games. In 12 games over his 2019 campaign, Roquan Smith racked up 97 tackles, 5.0 TFL, two sacks, and one interception. Tashaun Gipson intercepted three passes and tacked on 51 tackles, 2.0 TFL, and eight passes defended in 14 games last season.
Lions vs Bears: Last 5 MeetingsIn the past five meetings, Chicago owns a 4-1 record against Detroit. Chicago has outpaced Detroit 111 points to 91 in the past five games.
Lions vs Bears: Last Five Meetings
Lions Team DataThe Lions averaged points scored last season (21.3) and the Bears points allowed (18.6) were within 2.7 points of each other. In games where Detroit scored at least 21.3 points last season, they put together a record of 2-5-1. When the Chicago defense allowed 18.6 points or fewer last year, the Bears accumulated a 5-3 record. The Bears defense surrendered an average of 324.1 yards per game last season, 22.7 yards fewer than the 346.8-yard average from the Lions offense. When the Detroit offense put together a game with at least their 2019 average in yardage, they were 1-6-1 last season. Chicago was 3-4 last season when their defense allowed fewer yards than their season average. The Bears defense gave up an average of 102 yards per game to opposing running games last season. That total is about the same as the rushing output per contest for the Lions (103.1). When Detroit rushers gained at least a combined 103.1 yards, they had a record of 0-5-1 last season. Last season, when the Chicago defense allowed opponents to pick up less than 102 yards on the ground, they were 5-3. Last season, the Bears forced an average of 1.2 turnovers per game compared to the 1.4 times Lions turned the football over in each contest. In games where they turned the football over 1.4 times or fewer, Detroit was 1-7 last season. Chicago's record last season when they forced more than 1.2 turnovers: 3-2
Bears Team DataThe Bears racked up 8.9 fewer points per game last year (17.5) than the Lions surrendered (26.4). Chicago went 6-2 in games when it scored at least 17.5 points last season. When Detroit gave up no more than 21.3 points last season, it put together a 2-5-1 record. The Bears averaged 102.6 fewer yards per game in 2019 (297.7), than the Lions allowed per matchup (400.3). Detroit's record last season when they accumulated at least their season average in total yards: 1-6-1. Detroit recorded a 2-4-1 record last year when holding its opponents to 400.3 yards or less. Last season, the Bears averaged 91.1 rushing yards per game, 24.8 fewer per game than the Lions allowed per contest (115.9). Chicago compiled a 3-3 record when the team ran for at least 91.1 yards last year. When Detroit limited its opponents to 115.9 rushing yards or less last season, it finished 1-5-1. The Bears turned the ball over 1.2 times per game last year, only 0.1 more turnovers per game than the 1.1 the Lions forced on average. In 2019, Chicago went 6-4 when it turned the ball over 1.2 times or less. When it forced 1.1 or more turnovers last season, Detroit had a 2-3 record.
Lions Fantasy LeadersGolladay finished 43rd overall among all players and third among all WRs in 2019 with 183.0 fantasy points (11.4 per game). Stafford recorded 166.6 fantasy points a season ago (20.8 per game), enough to rank him 53rd overall and 29th among quarterbacks in league-wide fantasy standings. Last year, Jones' 131.9 total fantasy points made him the No. 86 fantasy player and No. 27 wide receiver. He averaged 10.1 fantasy points per game. Peterson put together the 89th-ranked fantasy season (28th among running backs) in 2019 with 130.0 fantasy points, averaging 8.7 per game.
Bears Fantasy LeadersTrubisky put together a solid 2019 fantasy season, scoring 203.9 total fantasy points (13.6 per game) to finish 34th overall and 25th among quarterbacks in the league-wide fantasy rankings. Last year, Robinson finished as the 61st-ranked fantasy player overall and the 12th-ranked wide receiver. He totaled 156.9 fantasy points, averaging 9.8 per game. Montgomery was the No. 22 running back and the No. 72 fantasy player overall with 145.4 total points last season (9.1 per game). Cohen's 2019 campaign saw him finish as the No. 142 fantasy player and the No. 44 RB with 84.9 fantasy points (averaging 5.3 per game).
Lions vs Bears Betting Information
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Lions Betting InsightsIn 2019, most of Detroit's games with a betting line -- five out of 14 opportunities -- surpassed the point total (35.7%). Last year, Detroit went 5-8-1 against the spread. Last season, the Lions had an ATS record of 0-2 when favored by 2.5 points or more.
Lions Home TrendsDetroit hit the over in just six out of eight home games last year with a point total prop bet (75%). Lions home games last season averaged 52.5 total points, 10.0 more than this matchup's over/under (42.5). Detroit compiled just a 3-4 record against the spread at home last year, and went 2-6 overall in home games. The Lions finished just 0-1 ATS in home games last season when favored by at least 2.5 points.
Bears Betting InsightsChicago's games went under 42.5 points in eight out of 14 opportunities last season (57.1%). Chicago had a losing 3-10-1 record against the spread last year. The Bears went just 1-6-1 ATS last season when an underdog by at least 2.5 points.
Bears Road TrendsChicago finished just 1-6 against the spread in away games last year, and went 4-4 overall on the road. The Bears had just a 1-3 ATS record when playing as at least a 2.5-point underdog on the road last season. Chicago hit the over in 50% of its away games last year (four of eight opportunities). Bears away games last season averaged 37.4 total points, 5.1 fewer than this matchup's over/under (42.5).
Additional InfoThe average total in Lions contests last season was 47.8, 5.3 more points than the over/under for this game. Bears outings last year had a 36.1-point average over/under, 6.4 fewer points than this game's total. Last season, Detroit played in 11 games that finished with a point total higher than 42.5 (68.8% of matchups). Chicago's games went over 42.5 points five times last year (31.2% of matchups). The two teams combined to score 38.8 points per contest last season, 3.7 fewer points than this game's over/under. Combined, these teams allowed 45 points per contest last year, 2.5 more points than the total for this game.
Darryl Roberts: Questionable (Groin),
Danny Amendola: Questionable (Hamstring),
Kenny Golladay: Doubtful (Hamstring),
Julian Okwara: Questionable (Knee),
Da'Shawn Hand: Questionable (Groin),
Hunter Bryant: Out (Hamstring),
Halapoulivaati Vaitai: Out (Foot),
C.J. Moore: Out (Hamstring),
Jeff Okudah: Questionable (Hamstring)
David Montgomery: Questionable (Groin),
Jason Spriggs: Questionable (Knee),
Javon Wims: Questionable (Achilles),
Cordarrelle Patterson: Questionable (Knee),
Germain Ifedi: Questionable (Triceps),
Khalil Mack: Questionable (Knee),
Robert Quinn: Doubtful (Ankle),
Buster Skrine: Questionable (Finger)