Chicago Bears at Detroit Lions Week 15 NFL Picks & Predictions 12/16/2017
Saturday, December 16, 2017
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The Chicago Bears head to Ford Field to play the Detroit Lions on Saturday, December 16, 2017. The opening line for this matchup has Detroit as 6.5 point favorites. The total has been set at 44. The Bears are 6-6-1 against the spread and their over/under record is 4-9-0. The Lions are 6-6-1 against the spread and their over/under mark is 9-4-0.
Valuable Chicago Bears Betting Trends
The Chicago Bears are 4-9-0 against the over/under
The Chicago Bears are 6-6-1 against the spread
Important Detroit Lions Betting Trends
The Detroit Lions are 9-4-0 against the over/under
The Detroit Lions are 6-6-1 against the spread
Key Chicago Bears Injuries
12/10/17 DB DeAndre Houston-Carson Ankle is "?" Saturday vs Detroit
12/10/17 DB Adrian Amos Hamstring is "?" Saturday vs Detroit
12/10/17 DL Eddie Goldman Hip is "?" Saturday vs Detroit
12/10/17 LB Pernell McPhee Shoulder is "?" Saturday vs Detroit
12/05/17 DL Mitch Unrein Knee IR
12/04/17 K Cairo Santos Groin IR
12/03/17 OL Kyle Long Shoulder IR
11/21/17 LB Leonard Floyd Knee IR
10/30/17 TE Zach Miller Knee IR
10/10/17 LB Willie Young Triceps IR
09/12/17 LB Jerrell Freeman Concussion IR
09/10/17 WR Kevin White Shoulder IR
09/04/17 RB Ka'Deem Carey Wrist IR
09/04/17 LS Patrick Scales Knee IR
08/30/17 WR Cameron Meredith ACL IR
08/12/17 C Eric Kush Hamstring IR
Key Detroit Lions Injuries
12/10/17 RB Ameer Abdullah Neck is "?" Saturday vs Chicago
12/10/17 CB Jamal Agnew Knee is "?" Saturday vs Chicago
12/10/17 T Rick Wagner Ankle is "?" Saturday vs Chicago
11/27/17 S Tavon Wilson Shoulder IR
10/12/17 DT Haloti Ngata Elbow IR
10/06/17 G Zac Kerin Knee IR
09/11/17 P Kasey Redfern Knee IR
09/05/17 DE Kerry Hyder Jr. Achilles IR
09/05/17 RB Mike James Concussion IR
Useful Offensive Statistics
The Chicago Bears are 29th in the National Football League in points scored with 224. They have run 759 plays this year for 3,791 yards, which ranks them 30th in the NFL in total offense. The Bears average 5 yards per play, which is 23rd in the league. As a team they have accumulated a total of 216 1st downs this season, ranking them 29th overall as an offensive unit. On the ground Chicago has run for 1,618 yards as a unit, which ranks 7th in the league. They've run 361 times, averaging 4.5 yards per rush as a unit. The Bears have been penalized on offense 88 times for 705 yards so far this year, which has them 13th in the NFL in penalties. Mitch Trubisky has passed for 1,508 yards this year. He's completed 131 throws while attempting 225 passes for a completion percentage of 58.2%. His quarterback rating this season is 80. He averages 11.5 yards per completion and 6.7 yards per pass attempt.
Chicago is 14th in the NFL in points surrendered on defense with 274. They have given up a total of 4,232 yards on D, which is 11th in the league. The Bears are 11th in yards per play allowed with 5.1. Their pass defense has allowed 6 net yards per pass attempt, ranking them 15th in the National Football League. Opponent offenses have completed 279 throws on 431 attempts against the Chicago Bears defense this season, ranking them 19th and 11th in the league. The Chicago pass defense has also surrendered a total of 2,816 yards in the air, which is 9th overall in total pass defense. Their rushing defense has given up 356 attempts for 1,416 yards this season, putting them in 14th place in the NFL against the run. The Bears have had 90 penalties for 689 yards on defense this year. That places them 7th in the league. They've allowed a score on 35.7% of possessions on defense, which is 19th in the NFL.
Special Teams Stats
Chicago is 16th in the NFL in punt returns with 26. They've totaled 236 punt return yards and are averaging 9.1 yards per return, which is 14th in the league. Their longest punt return this season is 61 yards. They have returned 38 kicks for 805 yards on special teams, placing them 3rd in kick return yardage. The Bears average 21.2 yards per kick return and have a long of 46 yards this season. They are 25th in the National Football League in all-purpose yards with 5,059. The Chicago Bears have tried 20 field goals this season and made 14, which is 28th in the league. Their kickers have a FG percentage of 70.0%. Chicago Bears kickers have made 96% of their extra points, going 22 for 23 this season. Their punters have accumulated 3,138 yards on 67 punts, averaging 46.8 yards per punt. That ranks them 9th in the NFL in punting average.
Useful Offensive Statistics
The Detroit Lions have run for 992 yards as a team, which ranks 32nd in the NFL. They've run 298 times, averaging 3.3 yards per carry as a rushing unit. The Lions have been penalized on offense 82 times for 774 yards so far this season, which has them 23rd in the league in penalties. They are 5th in the NFL in points scored with 338. They have run 810 plays this season for 4,479 yards, which ranks them 14th in the league in total offense. The Lions average 5.5 yards per play, which is 11th in the National Football League. As a team they have accumulated a total of 245 1st downs this year, placing them 21st overall as an offensive unit. Matthew Stafford averages 7.9 yards per pass attempt and 12 yards per completion. He has completed 307 passes on 468 attempts for a completion percentage of 65.6%. His quarterback rating is 97.9. He has thrown for 3,683 yards this season.
The Lions rush defense has allowed 356 attempts for 1,512 yards this year, putting them in 20th place in the league against the run. Detroit has committed 84 penalties for 746 yards on the defensive side of the ball this season. That ranks them 17th in the NFL. They've given up a score on 33.1% of possessions on defense, which is 11th in the league. They are 28th in the league in points allowed on defense with 329. They have surrendered a total of 4,723 yards on D, which is 27th in the NFL. The Detroit Lions are ranked 28th in yards per play allowed with 5.7. Their pass defense has given up 6.7 net yards per pass attempt, placing them 26th in the league as a unit. Opposing offenses have completed 288 passes on 451 attempts against the Detroit defense this season, placing them 22nd and 19th in the National Football League. The Lions pass defense has also given up a total of 3,211 yards through the air, which is 27th overall in total pass defense.
Special Teams Stats
The Detroit Lions have attempted 29 field goals this season and made 25, which is 13th in the National Football League. Their kickers have a field goal percentage of 86.2%. Detroit kickers have made 97% of their extra points, going 33 for 34 this year. Their punters have totaled 2,540 yards on 58 punts, averaging 43.8 yards per punt. That places them 26th in the NFL in punting average. Detroit is ranked 10th in the league in punt returns with 30. They've accumulated 440 punt return yards and average 14.7 yards per return, which is 1st in the NFL. Their longest punt return so far this year is 88 yards. They have returned 22 kicks for 409 yards on special teams, ranking 28th in kick return yardage. The Lions average 18.6 yards per kick return and have a long of 35 yards this year. They are 11th in the league in all-purpose yards with 5,548.
Who will win tonight's Bears/Lions NFL game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the Lions -6.5
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