The Detroit Lions are on the road again in Week 14, this time traveling to Illinois to take on division rival Chicago Bears. When the 2023 schedule was released, the Lions were initially just 1.5-point favorites, and since then, the overall performance from both teams through 12 games has resulted in that line increasing.
Currently, the folks over at DraftKings have set the Week 14 opening betting line as Lions -4 points. The moneyline settles in at Lions -198, while the Bears are at +164, with the over/under line set at 45.5 points.
This will be the second time in four weeks that the Lions (9-3) and Bears (4-8) have tangled. In the first matchup, Detroit recorded a 31-26 comeback win in front of their home crowd at Ford Field.
The Lions struggled with the Bears in this game in three main areas: 1) they were unable to slow down Justin Fields on the ground (he ran for 104 yards); 2) they struggled to stop the Bears WR1 DJ Moore (7 receptions for 96 receiving yards and a touchdown); and they turned the ball over four times.
Since then, those same three struggles have persisted for Detroit. The Lions went on to lose their next game to the Packers on Thanksgiving but were able to beat the Saints in New Orleans in Week 13. While the Lions have gotten back to their winning ways, they needed to hold off a surging Saints team, after jumping out to an early lead. To their credit, the Lions made plays down the stretch when they needed to, aggressively pushing to win the game rather than trying not to lose.
Meanwhile, the Bears played the Vikings in Week 12 on “Monday Night Football” and kicked four field goals to secure a 12-10 victory, the first win over an NFC North opponent for Bears coach Matt Eberflus. In Week 13, the Bears had a bye week to rest, recover, and bask in the glory of their most recent victory.
Field goals won’t cut it against the Lions, but with the extra time to game plan, the Bears will surely have some wrinkles prepared for the Lions. But will that be enough against a Lions team that has simply found a way to win in these teams’ last three meetings? We’ll find out next Sunday.