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Detroit Lions Odds
The pressure is on in Detroit, where the Lions kick off the 2020 season with the future of head coach Matt Patricia and general manager Bob Quinn in the spotlight.
The Lions are coming off a miserable 3-12-1 season and bring back a healthy quarterback in Matthew Stafford as well as a group of new defenders such as Jamie Collins, Duron Harmon and Danny Shelton.
Another new face in Detroit is that of Adrian Peterson, the veteran running back who was let go by Washington during the preseason. Peterson is familiar with the NFC North during his days with the Minnesota Vikings, and although he has lost a step at age 35, he always has produced against the Bears.
Chicago Bears Odds
To quote the Talking Heads, it’s the same as it ever was with the Bears, who once again will turn to Mitchell Trubisky at quarterback to open the season. Trubisky struggled for much of last season, finishing with 3,138 yards, 17 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.
The Bears traded for Nick Foles and committed $21 million to him, but he will start the season as a backup after losing the preseason competition with Trubisky.
Chicago has a powerful defense and several talented players on offense, including wideout Allen Robinson, so they could find success as long as their quarterback prevents killer mistakes.
Bears at Lions Betting Pick for Week 1
It feels like a close game is in store for the division rivals, both of whom are looking to regroup after a forgettable 2019 campaign.
Chicago has a potential game changer on defense in the form of pass rusher Khalil Mack, and he could wreak havoc on the Lions’ offensive line and Stafford throughout the game. A defensive score could swing the game toward Chicago.
Bears at Lions Betting Pick: Bears (+3), Lions (-3)
Bears 24, Lions 17
Bears at Lions Best Bet
Look for a close and possibly low-scoring battle between the old division rivals. Neither team could develop much of a rhythm on offense during a crazy preseason, and the game would have tilted toward defense even if it were a typical training summer.
Trubisky has potential but has shown too many times that he hurries the ball in the pocket and makes bad decisions when he is under duress. The Lions have their own set of uncertainties with Peterson trying to break into the mix.
Bears at Lions Best Bet: UNDER 44.5.