CHICAGO BEARS @ DETROIT LIONS.

I don’t think there is a man alive lower on the Bears this year than I am, I just don’t understand how a franchise who overlook cheap FA options Cam Newton and Jameis Winston but instead send a 4th round draft pick to the Jags and take on the big salary of Nick Foles who couldn’t beat out Mitch Trubisky in training camp can be trusted to do anything right! The only real offensive weapon they have is Wide Receiver Allen Robinson and I cant see how a Matt Patricia defense doesn’t take away that option and make Matt Trubisky beat him which is something I’m not sure he can do within the constraints of this offense (although Mitch has 3 passing TD’s in each game he’s played against the Lions since his Sophomore season) If I were Matt Nagy I’d be running Mitch Trubisky into the ground but Nagy seems to have that Adam Gase stubbornness about him too. On Defense the Bears are still talented and when you have Khalil Mack and Kyle Fuller its easy to project another top 10 defense in Chicago one I expect to be especially stingy against the run if big boys, Akiem Hicks and Eddie Goldman can stay healthy got all 16 games.

In Detroit and HC Matt Patricia’s seat must be feeling a little warm after struggling in his first two years in charge of the Lions although the team actually looked good last year when Matt Stafford was healthy and in Kenny Golladay they have a legit #1 Receiver and if those two can stay healthy and in sync this year it’ll be a big boost for Detroit, Running Back has been a problem for but one they hope is fixed with the draft selection of DeAndre Swift out of Georgia, Swift was almost unanimously the RB1 coming out in this year’s draft (I personally had Clyde Edwards-Helaire and J.K Dobbins ahead of him) so hope is high but after a so-so training camp it’s to be seen what he can do now he’s in the league. On defense it hasn’t been pretty since Patricia took over and when you consider he was billed as a defensive genius when he arrived from New England it is somewhat surprising but this year could be the turning point, 5 of the projected starters on D have New England roots so in theory should be more familiar with this Patricia defense which appears tailored to his opponents which in principle sounds fantastic but has evidently caused confusion on the field throughout his tenure so far.

These are two teams I am not particularly high on in a division I’m not particularly high on but somebody has to win (unless it’s a tie…) and I was going to take the QB and HC I trust more in the Lions but reports are that Kenny Golladay will miss this game so instead I’m going to take the Bears to win a low scoring affair.

PREDICTION: BEARS 21-17 LIONS

BEST BET: UNDER 42 TOTAL MATCH POINTS @ 10/11 with SkyBet

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