Week 17 of the 2022 NFL season is here. One of the games to keep an eye on for this week will be a classic NFC North matchup between the Detroit Lions and Chicago Bears.
Detroit is currently tied for second in the division with a 7-8 record, while the Bears occupy last place at 3-12.
This will be the second matchup for these two teams in 2022. The first was in Week 10, when the Lions were down by 14 points in the fourth quarter and stormed back with 21 over the final 12 minutes to win 31-30 on the road against their division rivals.
The Lions will now play host to the Bears while trying to keep their playoff hopes alive. Continue reading for my Chicago vs Detroit best bets and predictions for this Week 17 matchup.
Bears vs Lions Odds
As of Tuesday afternoon at Caesars Sportsbook, the Lions are six-point favorites over the visiting Bears. With an implied point total of 52 points, this is expected to be the highest-scoring matchup on the slate for Week 17.
Bears vs Lions Implied Totals
Lions 29, Bears 23
Oddsmakers see the Lions defeating the Bears by close to a touchdown in a high-scoring game. As the home team and the way they’ve been playing lately, it’s not surprising to see Detroit as the early favorite.
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Bears vs Lions Prediction
Lions 33, Bears 23
Jared Goff and this entire Lions team have been on fire over the past few weeks. After starting off 1-6, they’ve won six of their last eight games, with their only losses coming last week to Carolina and against the Bills on Thanksgiving.
With the worst DVOA rating in the NFL this year, Chicago has been one of the most disappointing teams in the NFL. Justin Fields has been the one bright spot on this team, but he doesn’t have many weapons to work with on offense, and their defense has been one of the worst in the NFL.
Fields will do his usual damage on the ground, but outside of that, their receivers haven’t done anything worth noting. Chicago placed their best wide receiver, Darnell Mooney, on IR about a month ago, and no one has stepped up.
Outside of tight end Cole Kmet, no one is putting up decent numbers, and Fields just doesn’t throw the ball much at all.
Goff and this Lions offense should have their way with a weak Chicago defense. Expect Amon-Ra St. Brown and rookie Jameson Williams to produce through the air.
The Lions’ dynamic rushing duo of D’Andre Swift and Jamaal Williams should also have no problem producing against a weak rushing defense.
I fully expect Goff to have a big game this week, throwing for 300 or more yards and a couple of touchdowns. Expect Williams or Swift to find the end zone as well.
Fields will do his usual damage with his feet, but overall, I’m expecting the Lions to win this one by at least a touchdown.
Bears vs Lions Bet Tips
Here are a few Bears vs Lions betting trends to consider before making your bets:
- The Over has hit in eight of the last nine games for Chicago.
- Detroit is 7-1 against the spread in their last eight games.
- Chicago is 7-2 in their last nine games against Detroit.
Bears vs Lions Best Bets
Lions -6 (-110) at Caesars Sportsbook
WAGER: 1 Unit
With the way these two teams have been trending lately, the Lions should absolutely be able to win this one by at least a touchdown. Goff has been fantastic at home this year and has plenty of weapons to lean on to pick apart this weak Bears defense.
While Fields has been good, he simply doesn’t have the weapons to put up points to keep up with Detroit. Detroit is putting up 27.4 points per game in their last eight games, and they should surpass that total here.
I have the Lions winning by 10 points in this one. Take Detroit to win by at least six points and don’t be surprised if it’s closer to 10 or more.
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Over 52 Points (-110) at Caesars Sportsbook
WAGER: 0.5 Units
While this is the highest-scoring matchup on the slate for Week 17, I’m taking the Over. Detroit’s defense has struggled this year a bit and tends to give up plenty of production to opposing quarterbacks.
Fields had six games in a row with a rushing touchdown earlier in the year but hasn’t rushed for a touchdown in two weeks. I’m betting he runs for one this week in Detroit.
The last time these two teams faced each other, Detroit put up 31 total points. They should have no problem doing something similar this week.
Furthermore, Fields threw for two passing touchdowns and ran for two the last time these teams played. Overall, I expect both teams to put up points and the Over to hit in this one.
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