Chicago Bears vs. Detroit Lions: Betting odds preview, prediction

Jonathan Daniel

Chicago was a small underdog in Detroit in Week 4, but they have dominated the Lions head to head over the years.

The Chicago Bears are 9-1 SU in their last 10 games against the Detroit Lions and hope to improve to 4-0 SU on the season this Sunday in Detroit.

Chicago was a 2.5-point road underdog earlier in the week, according to books monitored by OddsShark.com.

Are the Chicago Bears the real deal? Off to a 3-0 SU and 1-1-1 ATS start, the Bears beat Cincinnati and Minnesota on last minute scoring drives and then went into Pittsburgh and blew out the Steelers 40-23.

Chicago's defense is giving up an uncharacteristic 24.7 points per game, but the offense is averaging 31.7 points to ease the burden on the defense. Dating back to last season, the Bears have won five straight regular season games.

The Detroit Lions are 2-1 SU and ATS with wins and covers against the Minnesota Vikings and the Washington Redskins so far this season. Reggie Bush is expected to return this Sunday, which should help a Lions rushing attack that has averaged just 56 rushing yards per game over the last two weeks without him.

The Bears are 9-1 SU in their last 10 games against the Lions, but Detroit is 4-1-1 ATS over the last six meetings between these two NFC North rivals.

The total has gone OVER in six of the last nine meetings between these two teams, and it may again this week with Jay Cutler and Matthew Stafford playing so well. The total is currently set at 48, according to 5Dimes.

This one looks like a coin flip. With Chicago's recent history against the Lions, their propensity for finding ways to win games early this year, and a couple of points on the spread, we lean towards the Bears.

PICK: Chicago +2.5 | Computer Prediction: 31-29 Bears (from Odds Shark NFL picks computer)

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