Detroit Lions vs. Chicago Bears Preview
Where: Soldier Field, Chicago
When: Sunday, October 2, 2016, 1:00 PM ET
Line: Detroit Lions vs. Chicago Bears – view all NFL lines
TV Broadcast: FOX
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Betting on the Detroit Lions
Megatron’s gone, but Marvin Jones is turning out to be a not-too-shabby replacement as Matt Stafford’s top receiver.
Jones exploded for 205 receiving yards with two touchdowns on six catches Sunday, though his performance wasn’t enough to help the Lions avoid a 34-27 road loss to Green Bay. It was an astounding showing nonetheless for the Lions’ passing attack, which had Stafford passing for 385 yards with three touchdowns and an interception.
Stafford lighting up the sky next week at Soldier Field isn’t that far-fetched, considering that the Bears’ pass defense is among the worst in the league. On the flipside, Detroit is fourth overall with 312.7 passing yards per contest.
The Lions’ defense, meanwhile, clearly needs some sharpening particularly on the ground, where the Packers picked up 123 rushing yards.
Detroit is 3-1 ATS in its last four road games.
Betting on the Chicago Bears
Even without Jay Cutler, the Bears still failed to get their first win of the season as they lost to Dallas in Arlington, 31-17, on Sunday night. If anything, that’s the most points the Bears have put up in a game thus far this season.
In lieu of Cutler was Brian Hoyer, who passed for 317 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions on 30 of 49 completions. It’s not certain yet whether Cutler could be back from a thumb injury as soon as next week so Bears fans might just have to endure seeing Hoyer under center at least for another game. But the one player Chicago fans must be yearning to see to step up is Jeremy Langford.
Langford was barely a factor against Dallas, getting just three touches and rushing for 31 yards. He was outplayed by rookie Jordan Howard, who had 45 rushing yards on nine carries.
Detroit doesn’t boast a stout defense, giving Langford another shot at making things happen. It might help Langford and company that the Lions could be missing again the pair of Ezekiel Ansah and DeAndre Levy, whose absences on Sunday partly resulted into the Packers having a field day on offense.
Chicago is 2-2-1 ATS in its last five home games versus the Lions.
Detroit wins, 34-24.
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