Chicago Bears vs. Detroit Lions Free Week 6 NFL Picks

David Lawrence

Sunday, October 18, 2015 11:20 AM GMT

Many were ready to leave Chicago for dead, but the Bears won two in a row after starting 0-3, while Detroit is the only 0-5 team in the league. This NFC North game would go a long way for both teams.

Opening Odds & Line Movement

Open: -3.5 +106 at Pinnacle
This NFL odds opened up at -3.5 for the Lions at home, then down to -3, then -2.5, but has gone back up to -3. It was probably tough to come up with a line for this game as the Bears probably aren't as good as their record indicates (which is 2-3), and the Lions probably shouldn't be winless. The Lions looked like that loss to Seattle took the wind out of their sails and they were overmatched by Arizona from the start, but this could be a game where they look to show that they're better than that game showed. Throw in that this is a divisional rivalry and both teams should be up for this.

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Injuries
The Bears have been decimated by injuries as they're missing three starting offensive lineup, while WRs Alshon Jeffery (hamstring) and Eddie Royal (ankle) are still on the shelf, although Jeffery was at least limited at practice on Wednesday. RB Jacquizz Rodgers is gone for the season with a broken arm.

For the Lions, LB DeAndre Levy tried to return from a hip injury and now needs surgery that might keep him out for the rest of the season. DT Haloti Ngata didn't practice on Wednesday because of his hip, while S James Ihedigbo is in the same boat for an undisclosed reason. TE Eric Ebron is back in practice because of his knee.

 

Trends
The Bears are 4-6 SU and 5-5 ATS in their last 10 games, and 2-4 ATS in their last six on the road. The Lions have covered just once in their last five, and twice in their last five games at home.

The Lions have split their last 10 meetings with the Bears SU, going 7-2-1 ATS over that time. In Detroit, the Lions are 4-6 SU in their last 10 against the Bears, but they've covered in seven of those games.

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