Jan 022016

Detroit Lions (6-9) at Chicago Bears (6-9)

I don’t have too strong of a feel for this one, but this line seems too low at a pick em. That suggests that the Lions are 3 points better than the home team Bears, which I disagree with. The Bears rank 18th in rate of moving the chains differential and have been even better when Jay Cutler has been healthy, moving the chains at a 72.18% rate in the 13 games he’s been healthy, as opposed to 56.25% in the 2 games he was hurt. Granted, those two games Cutler missed were against Seattle and Arizona, arguably the two toughest defenses they’ve faced, and they’re missing top wide receiver Alshon Jeffery in this one, but I think they’re still probably more talented than the 18th place rank suggests.

The Lions also are more talented than their rank suggests, as they rank 20th in rate of moving the chains differential, but have played much better offensively since Jim Bob Cooter took over as offensive coordinator. However, they’re not 3 points better than the Bears. This line should be a field goal or so and, given that, we’re getting line value with the Bears. It’s not enough for me to put money on them in a game that’s otherwise meaningless for both teams, but they’re my pick.

Chicago Bears 20 Detroit Lions 17

Pick against the spread: Chicago PK

Confidence: Low

  One Response to “Detroit Lions at Chicago Bears: 2015 Week 17 NFL Pick”

  1. I’m a Chicago Bears fan all the way and Da Bears should won those games at home include today game vs Detroit Lions that we should trade away Jay Cutler instead Brandon Marshall still want to beat Detroit Lions will be next year twice and we get tired our Bears losing games to Lions 6 games we want to beat Detroit next year. Let’s go Bears!! Beat Detroit!!

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