Of all of the games on the Sunday 12/30 Week 17 NFL betting schedule, one of my favorite is the clash between the Chicago Bears and the Detroit Lions. Join me for my tips for this 1:00 p.m. ET kickoff that can be seen on FOX.
Chicago Bears (9-6, 7-8 ATS) -3
Detroit Lions (4-11, 5-10 ATS) +3
Predictability has gotten the Lions in trouble over the course of the last several games. They have tried their best to get the ball to WR Calvin Johnson so that he can break the record for the most receiving yards in a single season. He has the record, but now QB Matthew Stafford wants to make him the league’s first 2,000-yard receiver, and he himself wants to get to 5,000 yards for the second straight campaign. The end result in the last three games has been an average of just 16.0 points per game scored, most of which have come against teams that just don’t have the greatest defenses on the face of the earth.
The Bears of course, have no offense to work with whatsoever. QB Jay Cutler still stinks, and the team has scored an average of just 16.1 points per game over the course of the last seven games, in which the team has gone just 2-5 SU and ATS.
It’s just not a pretty spot for ‘over’ bettors to be in. So many will just blindly think that this will be a showcase between Megatron and WR Brandon Marshall, and they might be right. But even still, if both go off for a combined 400 yards and two TDs, there still has to be some points scored from somewhere else. There’s a reason that there were just 20 total points scored when these two teams met two months ago, and I expect to see a game that doesn’t feature a whole heck of a lot more than that on Sunday afternoon in the regular season finale for these NFC North rivals.
Bears @ Lions Tips: Under 45