The NFL’s tripleheader of Thanksgiving Day games begins in Motown, as the Chicago Bears take on their NFC North rivals, the Detroit Lions.
The odds of Chicago qualifying for the postseason this year are pretty low, although it would not be impossible. For starters, they would have to go 5-0 the rest of the year and hope that the teams above them begin to struggle, as they are on pace for more than 10 wins, the most wins the Bears could finish with. The Bears do rank fourth in points allowed, but the offense has been so horrid for long stretches, it has been hard to watch.
Detroit, on the other hand, got off to a promising start, going 2-0-1 over its first three games, knocking off the Chargers and Eagles, both postseason teams from a year ago. Now, the Lions have dropped four games in a row by one possession, and without Matthew Stafford, things have gone from bad to worse. They continue to host their yearly Thanksgiving game as they have for nearly a century now, hoping that maybe they can end their skid as the viewers chomp on some turkey.
The Bears are three-point favorites in this one, with the over/under set at 38.5. The moneyline on Chicago is -170, while it is +148 for Detroit.
Bears Looking For .500
Chicago got off a 3-1 start this year, picking up several wins in a row after being shut down by Green Bay in Week 1. They would drop four games in a row after that, some with Chase Daniel as the quarterback. They have wins over the Giants and Lions in their last three, with a low-scoring defeat at the hands of the Rams mixed in. They hope to knock these Lions off for the second time in 18 days now, with Mitch Trubisky running the show. They only gained 226 yards of offense when they last played Detroit, though.
Look for Khalil Mack to come ready to do his sack dance a few times, with Detroit unsure of who will QB for them this week.
Trying To Break Out Of Funk
Even in the midst of a poor season and a long losing streak, there is always hope in Detroit that a win could be coming. The officials made some poor calls to cost them a few games early in the year, and things have only spiraled over the last few games. Detroit might be without Jeff Driskel, who is dealing with a hamstring injury, with his backup being rookie David Blough from Purdue. Blough has not gotten into any games this year, but we’ll see what ends up happening. No matter who quarterbacks this team, it will be the running game that will dictate any potential success.
The Lions’ defense has picked up 23 sacks through 11 games, but they have only picked off four passes. They will hope to force a few Trubisky turnovers to get good field position early on.
Chicago Wins It On Thanksgiving
This game will start out interesting, and then, after taking an early lead, Chicago’s defense will make sure Detroit never catches up. Take the Bears.
Free Play: CHI -3
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