2015 NFL Week 17 - Lions vs. Bears Betting Odds Preview
The 6-9 Detroit Lions travel to Chicago to take on the 6-9 Bears this final Sunday of the regular season. Chicago snapped a 3 game losing streak with a 26-21 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last week. Detroit won its second in a row with a 32-17 win over the San Francisco 49ers. Neither team will make the playoffs this year but Detroit has gone 5-2 since starting the year 1-7 while the Bears have lost 3 of their last 4.
Detroit’s defense shut the 49ers out in the second half of last week’s game after leading just 20-17 at halftime. They sacked Blaine Gabbert 3 times for a loss of 24 yards and recovered a fumble in their own red-zone, which led to a touchdown. They had some issues stopping the run as San Francisco gained 121 yards on 23 carries but did have 3 tackles for losses. Offensively, Matthew Stafford was very efficient as he completed 29 of 37 passes for 301 yards and 2 touchdowns. His favorite target was Theo Riddick who had 7 receptions for 63 yards. Calvin Johnson also had a nice game as he caught 6 passes for 77 yards and a touchdown. They struggled running the ball as they only gained 87 yards on 28 carries. Ameer Abdullad led the team with 8 carries for 39 yards.
Chicago’s defense forced 3 turnovers against Tampa Bay as they were able to intercept Jameis Winston once and recovered 2 Doug Martin fumbles. They limited Martin to just 49 yards on 17 carries after he has averaged over 120 rushing yards in his last 5 games. They also sacked Winston once for a loss of 10 yards and had 5 tackles for losses. Offensively, Jay Cutler was efficient, as he completed 20 of 27 passes for 156 yards and 1 touchdown with 0 interceptions. His favorite target was Zack Miller who had 7 catches for 69 yards. Third string running back Ka’Deem Carey scored twice as he had a 1 yard touchdown run in the second quarter and caught a 1 yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter. They had success running the ball as they gained 174 yards on 39 carries. Jeremy Langford led the way with 83 yards on 19 carries. Cutler was only sacked once for a loss of 3 yards.
Alshon Jeffrey has been placed on injured reserve with a hamstring injury and won’t play in this game while Matt Forte is listed as questionable with a back injury. The Lions are 6-9 against the spread this year including 3-4 on the road. The Bears are 8-7 against the spread this year including 2-5 at home. The spread for this game is even and the Bears are dealing with injuries to several key players. Detroit has a chance to finish the year 6-2 while the Bears are looking to avoid losing their 4th loss in their last 5 games.
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