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Chicago Bears vs. Detroit Lions Pick & Prediction NOV 25TH 2021

Complete TV: FOX Ford Field Detroit
105Bears Chicago
106Lions Detroit
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44o -110
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ML: -133
ML: 113
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It’s a Thanksgiving Day lineup that features three huge games!

The Chicago Bears face off against the Detroit Lions in a classic NFC North battle. Each of these teams has struggled this season, with the Bears losing five straight games.

Can they overcome these issues and finally secure a win? Or will the Detroit Lions get their first win of the season on Thanksgiving?

The Detroit Lions are 0-9-1, a terrible start to the season. However, what better day to turn it around than on Thanksgiving? These two teams have quite the storied history, and it will continue on Thursday.

The Lions obviously come in as the underdog here, but these teams are evenly matched. So, who’s the best team to take at the sportsbook on Thursday?

Bears vs. Lions Thanksgiving Day Odds

TV: FOX

MONEY LINE: Bears (-190) vs. Lions (+165)

SPREAD: Bears +3.5 (-120) vs. Lions +3.5 (+100)

GAME TOTAL: Over 41.5 (-112) vs. Under 41.5 (-108)

Bears at Lions Preview, Trends and Stats

As the Bears head into this game, they have one main concern, getting their season back. The recent five-game skid has dropped them to a 3-7 record. If they want to at least finish with a .500 record, they’ll need to get a win here.

Unfortunately, they’re working on a short schedule, which is a tough thing to overcome. However, so are the Detroit Lions.

Chicago is ranked last in the NFL in passing yards per game, and Justin Fields is questionable. Without him in the lineup, they’ll resort to Andy Dalton, which should help their passing game.

If Dalton starts, we could see a much better passing offense for the Bears. This won’t guarantee them a win, though, especially if they allow as many rushing yards as last week.

Detroit has a lot of problems on both sides of the ball this season. However, one of their most glaring is their complete lack of defense. On average, they allow 27.3 points per game, ranking 30th in the NFL.

With a defense like that, it shouldn’t be a shock that they’ve gone 0-9-1 this season. This game against the Bears could be their best shot at a win.

By using last week as a guideline, the Lions can see exactly how to beat the Bears. All they have to do is rush the ball efficiently and don’t commit turnovers.

Jared Goff needs to focus on completing simple throws, no need to force the ball downfield. If they can do that, the Lions definitely have a chance of winning this game.

Bears at Lions Predictions

Bears 20 - Lions 23

After looking at each of these teams, we can come to a conclusion about the game. The Bears have the worst passing offense in the league. They could also be missing the sole player responsible for most of their running game as well.

However, the Lions haven’t given us much of a reason to trust them either.

There is one team that performs rather well at the sportsbook, though, the Detroit Lions. They’re 6-4 against the spread this season and always keep their games against Chicago close. It might be a shock to some, but we’ll take the underdog at home on Thursday.

EXTRA POINTS

1. The Chicago Bears are 1-4 ATS in their last five games.

2. The Bears are 1-5 in their last six games on the road.

3. The Detroit Lions are 4-2 ATS in their last six games.

Best Bet: Detroit Lions +3.5

Chicago Bears vs. Detroit Lions Recap NOV 25TH 2021

Cairo Santos kicked a 28-yard field goal as time expired and the visiting Chicago Bears edged the winless Detroit Lions 16-14 on Thursday.

Andy Dalton threw for 317 yards and a touchdown, completing 24 of 39 passes with one interception. Darnell Mooney caught five passes for 123 yards for the Bears (4-7), who snapped a five-game losing streak. Cole Kmet had eight receptions for 65 yards.

The Bears controlled the ball for the last 8:30, spanning 18 plays.

Jared Goff completed 21 of 25 passes for 171 yards and two touchdowns for Detroit (0-10-1). Goff missed Detroit's previous game with an oblique injury. Josh Reynolds had three receptions for 70 yards, including a 39-yard score.

Lions running back D'Andre Swift suffered a shoulder injury during the second quarter and did not return. Swift had 266 rushing yards in the previous two games. He carried three times for 0 yards on Thursday.

Chicago rookie quarterback Justin Fields was inactive due to a ribs injury. The team's top wideout, Allen Robinson, was also inactive because of a hamstring strain.

The Bears led 13-7 at halftime.

Reynolds, who was playing in his second game with Detroit after being waived by Tennessee, beat one-on-one coverage to cap off the Lions' first possession. Goff's 39-yard pass was just his second touchdown toss since Oct. 3.

The Bears got on the board early in the second quarter on Santos' 28-yard field goal. The Bears needed just two plays on their next possession to take the lead.

Dalton connected with Mooney on a 52-yard gain before finding Jimmy Graham from 17 yards out. Graham's touchdown was his first of the season.

Both teams had turnovers late in the half. Trevis Gipson forced and recovered a Goff fumble, but Dalton was picked off in the end zone by Amani Oruwariye.

Chicago quickly forced a punt and moved into field-goal position. Santos drilled a 43-yarder on the last play.

Santos missed a 53-yard attempt midway through the third quarter.

Detroit took the lead at 14-13 late in the quarter on Goff's 17-yard strike to T.J. Hockenson.

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