The Detroit Lions are one of the two undefeated teams in NFL betting action this year, but they are a half game back of the Green Bay Packers in the NFC North. They’ll face another division rival, the Chicago Bears at home on ESPN’s Monday Night Football.
Year To Date Record: 22-12 ATS
Upset Record: 4-11 -$730
Week 5 NFL Matchup: Chicago Bears @ Detroit Lions
Date: Monday, October 10th, 8:30 ET
Location: Ford Field, Detroit, MI
NFL Week 5 Lines: Detroit -5.5
Week 5 NFL TV Schedule: ESPN
Bears Notes: Chicago knows that it is up against it in this one, as the Ford Field faithful is going to be rocking and rolling in an incredibly rare primetime game. To make matters worse, QB Jay Cutler has a terrible history of playing in showcase games, and he hasn’t done a heck of a lot this year to make us think that any of that will change. The former Denver Broncos standout has only completed 54.2 percent of his passes for 960 yards and five TDs against four picks this year. The only bright spot is RB Matt Forte, who rumbled for over 200 yards last week on the ground in the win against the Carolina Panthers.
Lions Notes: The Lions are 4-0. You’re reading that properly. The Detroit Lions are 4-0. QB Matt Stafford has had no complaints this year, as he has 11 TD passes against just three INTs. He has 1,217 yards through the air and is proving to be one of the most efficient signal callers in the league now that he is healthy. Stafford has some moxie as well, leading Detroit in second half comebacks against the Minnesota Vikings and Dallas Cowboys over the course of the last two weeks. WR Calvin Johnson is making his primetime debut as well, and he wants to show the world just how strong of a receiver he really is. “Megatron” has two TD receptions in each of his first four games this year, and he can make some NFL history if he does it again this week. He’d become the first receiver in the history of the game to score at least two touchdowns in his first five games.
The Final Word: The Bears have won six straight games in this series, but the Lions know that they are the chosen team at this point. However, what we have to remember is that the underdog is 10-4 ATS over the course of the last 14 games in this series. Everyone is going to be on the Detroit bandwagon, but we are going to take the points with the Bears and hope for the best. We’re not convinced that the Lions are that much of a better team in this game.
Week 5 NFL Pick: Chicago +5.5
NFL Football Prediction: Chicago 23 – Detroit 20