4* NFC North No Doubt Bears/Lions ATS Annihilator

4* NFC North No Doubt Bears/Lions ATS Annihilator

Chicago vs. Detroit, 09/29/2013 13:00 EDT, Score: 32 - 40

Point Spread: -3/-105 Detroit

Sportsbook: LADBROKES

Result: Win

4* NFC North No Doubt Bears/Lions ATS Annihilator

---Detroit Lions -3---

The Lions could easily be sitting at 3-0 themselves right now. Detroit blew a 21-13 lead on the road against the Cardinals in Week 2. I was impressed with how this team responded last week against the Redskins. They went into Washington and came away with a 27-20 victory against a team that was doing everything in their power to avoid an 0-3 start.

One of the key things you have to factor into this matchup is the Lions are a completely different team on the offensive side of the ball when they are playing at home. While they unfortunately lost starting wide out Nate Burleson to an freak injury off the field, they are expected to have running back Reggie Bush back this week. Bush is the definition of a game changer and I could see him having a huge game. The other thing to consider is that the Bears could be without Pro Bowl corner Charles Tillman, who is questionable with a groin injury. They have already lost starting nickel corner Kelvin Hayden for the season and a thin secondary is not a good thing going up against Matthew Staford and Calvin Johnson.

Chicago’s defense is built to excel on the grass playing surface of Soldier Field, which is why we see them struggle at times on the road. A key trend to keep in mind is that the Bears are just 4-17 ATS in road games vs excellent offensive teams (averaging more than 375 total yards/game) since 1992. Chicago is also just 3-8 ATS in their last 11 vs the NFC North and 5-13-1 ATS in their last 19 vs a team with a winning record.

Not to take anything away from the Bears 3-0 start, but this team could just as easily be sitting at 1-2. Chicago had to rally from an 11-point second half deficit in a 24-21 win over the Bengals and needed a last second touchdown to beat the Vikings 31-30. The thing to remember is both of those games came at home. This team might not be as good as their record would indicate. BET THE LIONS!

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