The Detroit Lions had a decent chance of making the NFC playoffs and just needed to beat the Carolina Panthers to have the inside track heading into the final two games of the regular season.
However, they played one of their worst games of the year last week, getting bombed by Carolina. Now they have no margin for error heading into Week 17 against the Chicago Bears.
The Lions must win if they are to have any shot at making the playoffs but will they pull it off? Let’s take a closer look at the NFL betting odds in this spot.
Bears vs Lions Betting Lines
Bears Still Trying To Find Identity
The worst teams in the NFL face a dilemma near the end of the regular season. Just look at the New York Jets as an example: the Jets won two games at the end of the 2020 season, which moved them from the No. 1 overall pick to the No. 2 pick.
That movement from one to two cost them Trevor Lawrence, who is on the verge of making the AFC playoffs with the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Jets took Zach Wilson with the No. 2 pick.
All because of two late wins in a lost season that was going nowhere, with zero chance to make the playoffs.
The Chicago Bears must look at all this and ask themselves if it is worth winning this game. The Bears have a good chance of getting the No. 2 overall pick in the 2023 draft.
They lost to the Buffalo Bills with a terrible second-half performance after playing a terrific defensive first half against Josh Allen and Bill’s offense.
They intercepted Allen near the goal line and made a separate defensive stand on fourth down in their own territory, but their defense collapsed in the second half while their offense failed to score a touchdown in the game’s last three quarters.
The Bears want to develop players and gain confidence heading into the offseason, but getting a higher draft pick certainly carries value. It’s a tough spot for this team to be in, but it’s something that those who bet online have to factor in.
Lions in Must-Win Situation
The Detroit Lions won six of their previous seven games because they were more physical than their opponents, but that wasn’t the case last week. The Lions gave up 240 rushing yards in just one half to the Carolina Panthers.
They found themselves down 24-7 at halftime and eventually fell behind 31-7 in the third quarter. It was a brutal performance for a team that couldn’t maintain its winning ways precisely when the playoffs began to become a possibility.
This team fights and claws, so seeing them listless is a concern for those making their NFL picks. We’ll see if they rebound in this spot, though. If they are, in fact, reformed, then the Lions will take care of business rather easily.
Bears vs Lions Game Injuries
Bears vs Lions Head-to-Head
The Bears lead the series 104-76-5, but the Lions won 31-30 earlier this season in the most recent meeting.
Bears vs Lions Game Information
- Game: Bears vs Lions
- Date/Time: Sunday, Jan. 1, 1:00 p.m. ET.
- Location: Ford Field, Detroit, MI
- How to watch Bears vs Lions?: FOX
Bears vs Lions Live stream: NFL Game Pass
Bears vs Lions Game Weather Conditions
The temperature should be 72 degrees in a domed stadium.
Bears vs Lions Picks & Prediction
Predicted Score: Lions 31, Bears 20
- Worth Betting on the Moneyline?
– Yes. The Lions should be viewed as a very strong favorite in the sportsbook and should take care of business.
- Worth Betting ATS?
– No. The Bears are a division rival and could easily put up enough of a fight that they lose by only three or four points. The Lions’ run defense was torched last week and could get run over again.
- Worth Betting on the Total?
This game could be a shootout, but it could also be a tense, nervous, low-scoring affair. It’s hard to know whether Justin Fields will have a great or bad game, so stay away from the over-under.
The odds and predictions in the article are based on the time of writing and publication. They may differ as to when the actual event takes place.