Chicago battles Detroit on Thanksgiving Day in a game that could continue the good fortunes of Detroit on Turkey Day.
Detroit is 2 and 0 against the spread in its last 2 games on Thanksgiving. Will it make it three in a row versus a suddenly resurgent NFC North rival in Chicago? The Thanksgiving Day online football odds have the home town Lions as one touchdown favorites over the Bears.
Matchup: Chicago Bears vs Detroit Lions
Date: Nov. 27, 2014
Start Time: 12:30 p.m. ET
Location: Detroit, Michigan
TV Info: CBS
Radio: Chicago Vs Detroit
Point Spread: Lions -7
Game Total: 47
Analyzing The Thanksgiving Day Online Football Odds for Chicago at Detroit
After losing 14 to 55 to Green Bay on the road, Chicago has responded with two very good victories. The Bears beat Minnesota 21 to 13 and then they took care of Tampa Bay this past Sunday in a 21 to 13 victory. There are a few things to note about the Chicago victories, though.
— NFL AM (@NFL_AM) November 24, 2014
First, the Bears beat Minnesota and Tampa Bay, two of the worst teams in the NFL. Second, the Bears played both of those doormats at home on Soldier Field. Third, the Bears supposedly glamorous offense could do no more than score 3 touchdowns against each one of those teams. What’s going to happen this Thursday when the Chicago offense, led by Jay Cutler, takes on one of the best defenses in the NFL?
Detroit’s defense is ranked first in rushing yards allowed at 71.7 and first in points allowed per game at 17.1. The Lions have been extremely good at keeping teams from getting into the end zone. The average would be much less, actually, if not for the 9 to 34 loss to New England this past Sunday.
Even with the loss, Detroit’s defense figures to have no trouble containing Bears’ QB Jay Cutler who has been a mess this season. Cutler’s TD to interception ratio in the Bears’ last 3 games is 5 to 4. He threw for only 130 yards versus Tampa Bay. If he can’t get the ball out to his wide receivers this Thursday, Detroit is going to win this game going away because it’s very difficult for any team to run against Detroit’s front seven.
Last time #Lions didn't score a TD in back-to-back games was 11/25 & 12/5 of 1993. They were 7-3 before those two games and made playoffs.
— Tim Twentyman (@ttwentyman) November 24, 2014
The Lions should get Reggie Bush back on offense as well. Bush is a key cog to the Detroit offense and could have a field day against a Bears’ defense that allows a ridiculous 27.5 points per game. The Bears’ defensive backs are going to have trouble as well since Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson are due for a big game and the Bears’ allow over 260 yards passing per matchup.
This game comes down to one simple fact: the Detroit Lions are a much better team than the Chicago Bears this season. The Bears have been playing better since the Green Bay drubbing, but they haven’t been playing good enough to beat Detroit.
Detroit should roll to an easy victory in this contest. Since the against spread line is only at 7 points, and the Lions figure to win by at least 10, Detroit is the play to start off Thanksgiving Day in the NFL.