The NFL betting board in Week 13 features a battle between a pair of NFC North rivals as the Detroit Lions take on the Chicago Bears.
The Bears are installed as 5.5-point favorites for this matchup and while neither team has been fun to watch this season, they should at least play with some urgency as they both try to snap out of losing streaks.
We break down the NFL odds with our free Lions vs. Bears picks and predictions for Sunday, November 6, with kickoff at 1 p.m. ET.
Detroit Lions at Chicago Bears Betting Preview
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Lions: Desmond Trufant CB (Out), Kenny Golladay WR (Out), Da'Shawn Hand DL (Out), D'Andre Swift RB (Out), Jeff Okudah CB (Out), Austin Bryant DE (Out), Trey Flowers DE (Out).
Bears: None to report.
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Betting Trend to Know
The Bears are 1-6 ATS in their last seven games as a home favorite. Find more NFL betting trends for Lions vs. Bears.
Against the Spread (ATS) Pick
The 4-7 Lions are in yet another skid this season, which is why they fired head coach Matt Patricia and general manager Bob Quinn on Monday. They've gone just 1-4 SU and ATS in their last five games and have been awful on both sides of the ball.
That said, the Bears haven't been any better recently. Chicago started off the season looking strong but its lifeless offense was bound to catch up with them and they're now on a five-game losing streak, going 1-4 ATS in that span.
Regardless of who they roll out at quarterback, the Bears have one of the least effective passing attacks in the league and their ground game has also been pathetic, ranking dead-last in the NFL with 82.2 rushing yards per game.
The only team that racks up fewer total yards than the Bears this season are the New York Jets, and an offense that bad is difficult to trust as a 5.5-point fave.
With two terrible teams taking the field, I'm taking the points with the Lions—who might actually play with some enthusiasm now that Patricia is gone.
PREDICTION: Detroit +5.5 (-110)
The Bears offense is terrible but the Lions defense is also awful, so which way are we leaning for our Over/Under bet? Considering that Detroit's offense is also pretty bad, getting shutout two weeks ago versus the Panthers and ranking 22nd in the league in both yards and points per game, we're backing the Under.
Recent trends also support this bet, especially Detroit's struggles to move the ball when they aren't playing on the field turf they are used to at home. The Lions are 4-0 to the Under in their last four games on grass while the Bears are 13-3 to the Under in their previous 16 home contests.
With the Under also cashing in six of the last eight meetings between these rivals in Chicago, bet it again this Sunday.
PREDICTION: Under 45 (-110)
First Quarter Bet
The Lions tend to get off to decent starts before blowing games in the second half, ranking ninth in the league in first-quarter scoring with 6.3 points per game.
Despite Chicago's strong stop unit, it ranks a modest 15th in the NFL in first-quarter defense surrendering 5.0 ppg in the first 15 minutes. Meanwhile, the Bears offense ranks second-worst in the league by mustering just 2.9 ppg in the opening frame.
There's definite value in backing Detroit on the first-quarter moneyline.
PREDICTION: Detroit first quarter ML (+115)
Lions vs Bears Betting Card
- Detroit +5.5 (-110)
- Under 45 (-110)
- Detroit first quarter ML (+115)
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