Chicago Bears at Detroit Lions - 1/1/23 NFL Picks and Prediction

Detroit Lions (7-8) vs Chicago Bears (3-12)

Game Info: Sunday, January 1, 2023 at 1:00 pm (Ford Field)

Betting Odds: Detroit Lions -6 -- Over/Under: 52.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Chicago Bears and Detroit Lions face off on Sunday in Week 17 NFL showdown at Ford Field. 

Chicago comes into this game with a 3-12 record overall and they have gone 5-9-1 against the spread. There is some hope that this team is improving, but they have still won only three games so far this season. In the last game against the Buffalo Bills, the defense really struggled giving up 35 points, and that led to another blowout loss. Justin Fields completed 15 of his 23 passes for 119 yards, one touchdown, and zero interceptions. The Bears are averaging 20.2 points while their defense is giving up 26.2 points per game. Fields on the season has thrown for 2,167 yards, 16 touchdowns, and 10 interceptions. He has also rushed for 1,011 yards and eight touchdowns. Wide receiver Chase Claypool is dealing with a knee injury and is questionable for this game. 

On the other side of this matchup is the Lions who sit with a 7-8 record and they have gone 10-5 against the spread. The Lions were looking like they had a good shot to make the playoffs, until they lost to the Carolina Panthers in the last game. The defense really struggled giving up 37 points and that led to the 14 point defeat. The Lions are averaging 26.1 points while their defense is giving up 26.7 points per game. The defense is the worst in the NFL while the offense is ranked 5th. Jared Goff on the season has thrown for 3,959 yards, 26 touchdowns, and seven interceptions. Wide receiver Quintez Cephus is dealing with a foot injury and is questionable for this game. 

The Lions are 8-0 against the spread in their last eight games against the NFC North. The over is 5-0 in the Bears last five road games. The over is 5-0 in Bears last 5 games after accumulating less than 150 yards passing in their previous game. 

I don’t trust this Bears team. Fields has been playing better, but that still hasn’t resulted in wins for the Bears. The Lions are averaging 26.1 points per game and this Bears defense is going to really struggle here. The Lions are going to get over the season average and that will be enough to get the job done. Back the Lions against the spread. 

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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