The Chicago Bears and Detroit Lions will kick off a busy Thanksgiving Day of football on Thursday. These longtime NFC North rivals have already played once this season, and the Chicago Bears came away with a 20-13 victory. Chicago also beat the Lions in Detroit on Thanksgiving Day one season ago.
The Bears come into this game with a record of just 5-6, and this season has not gone as planned for Chicago. The Bears were supposed to be a playoff team this season, but they will likely need five straight wins to reach the playoff field.
Detroit is just 3-7-1 so far this season, but injuries have played a huge role. The Lions got off to a fast start, but it appears that they have given up. Chicago is a one-point road favorite over Detroit on Thanksgiving Day.
Defense Carrying Bears Team
The Chicago Bears have one of the best defenses in the NFL, and they have a chance to really dominate this game. Linebacker Khalil Mack had a strip-sack in Week 12, but he has really been held in check this season. The Bears are giving up less than 17 points per game, and you can expect them to come after Jeff Driskell in this game. Defense is the calling card for the Bears, and they are terrific again.
Quarterback Mitchell Trubisky nearly threw for 300 yards in Week 12, but he also threw a pair of terrible interceptions. Trubisky has thrown for less than 200 yards per game this season, and his play has really held back this offense. The Bears have also really struggled to run the football this season, as they are averaging less than 80 rushing yards per game.
Lions Offense Looking For Answers
The Detroit Lions might be averaging more than 24 points per game this season, but they have been struggling to score of late. Detroit will likely be without its three best offensive players in this game, and it’s hard for it to generate any offense. The Lions managed just 13 points against the Bears in the first meeting and will likely have the same type of performance in this game.
Defense has been an issue for the Lions all season long, and their lack of offense of late has not helped the situation. The Lions are giving up more than 27 points per game, and they struggled to stop the Bears just a few weeks ago. Detroit does have 20 sacks on the season, and it will get some pressure on Trubisky in this game.
Bears Get Much-Needed Victory
This will likely be the sloppiest of the three games set to be played on Thanksgiving Day. Both of these teams have really struggled to score points of late, and there likely won’t be a ton of offensive production in this game. Chicago’s defense will be the best unit on the field, and they have a chance to dominate in this one. Look for the Bears to beat the Lions for a second straight season on Thanksgiving Day. Bet the Chicago Bears -1.0 over the Detroit Lions.