Chicago Bears at Detroit Lions - 9/13/20 NFL Picks and Prediction
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Chicago Bears (0-0) at Detroit Lions (0-0)
NFL Football: Sunday, September 13, 2020 at 1:00 pm (Ford Field)
The Line: Detroit Lions +1 -- Over/Under: 44.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Chicago Bears face the Detroit Lions on Sunday, September 13th at Ford Field for week one NFL action.
One of the biggest rivalries in the NFC will take place in week one of the NFL season when the Bears take on the Lions. These two NFC North squads missed the postseason in 2019, but could 2020 be their year?
The Chicago Bears ended the 2019 season with an 8-8 record, as the offensive struggles were too much for the team to overcome. The Bears are set to start Mitchell Trubisky at quarterback yet again in 2020, but he will have to perform a lot better in order for Chicago to have a chance in this game and the rest of the year. The Bears' defense looks as sharp as it usually does, with Khalil Mack leading the way. It is still a bit unclear as to how the Bears will perform this season, but this first game of the season is crucial.
The Detroit Lions had an abysmal year in 2019, going 3-12-1 and ending the season on a nine-game losing streak. The Lions were without Matthew Stafford from weeks 10-17, and that missing piece to the puzzle led to the demise of the team. The Lions added some intriguing pieces to the team through the NFL draft, as Detroit selected guys like Jeff Okudah and De'Andre Swift. Swift, a standout back from Georgia, looks to be in the running for lead back for the Lions heading into the 2020 season. If the Lions stay healthy, they will certainly be a lot better than 3-12-1, and could even fight for a playoff spot. Week one at home against a divisional opponent is as imperative as they come, and I expect both teams to come out firing right from kickoff.
The Bears are very small favorites in this game, as they are giving one point against the spread. I think this game could go either way, but I will lean on Matthew Stafford and the Lions' offense taking control in the late going. I will take Detroit and grab the point for good measure.