Monday Night Football 10/22/12
The Lions head into a tough Monday Night game with the Bears, and need to figure out a way to get a victory if they want to have a chance of making the playoffs or winning the NFC North.
The Lions are coming off a bye week, with their last win being at Philadelphia two weeks ago. Almost headed for their fourth straight loss, after an opening day victory, the Lions rallied to force overtime and ultimately win a game against the Eagles 26-23 on a Jason Hanson field goal. The win was immense for the Lions who would have fallen to 1-4, which would have made an already tough playoff picture even grimmer.
The Bears, on the other hand, have been having their way with most of their opponents. Chicago, also coming off a bye week, decimated Jacksonville on October 7th, 41 to 3. Not only has Chicago been impressive lately offensively, in their four straight wins, but they lead the league in interceptions with 13.
Opened at Chicago -2.5 and has moved more than any other line this week to -6.5 and even -7 at some shops. The total has not moved from the opening number of 47.
Until we see a drastic improvement from the Lions, we will not be wagering on them against any competent opponent. Defensively, we can overlook their shortcomings, but offensively they’ve been just as destructive. Cutler is doing his best to continue to throw side arm and still doesn’t know he has other receivers besides Calvin Johnson.
Furthermore, it’s obvious the Bears are rolling on all cylinders, a fact that has to scare the rest of the NFC North. These teams simply don’t much up well, and the Lions will have a hard time coming from behind if a Forte and Bush combo can control the clock with the running game, as they have in the past. We’ll lay the points with the Bears at home.
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