The Chicago Bears (1-2) take on the Detroit Lions (0-3) in Week 4 at Soldier Field. And, while the NFL season is still young, you’d be hard-pressed to find two sadder fan bases than the ones in Chicago and Detroit.
Justin Fields‘ first career-start went about as poorly as one could possibly imagine. And, in fairness to Fields, it may not have even been his fault.
The Bears averaged 1.1 yards per play vs. the Browns. Had they run a QB sneak on every play, they may have produced similar results.
The Lions, meanwhile, are 0-3. As is typical for the Lions, their most recent loss was absolutely devastating:
With happy vibes in tow, here are the Week 4 Chicago Bears odds at sportsbooks in Illinois:
Lions @ Bears Week 4 odds
The line opened at Bears -5, but there has been early action on the Lions. The line currently sits at .
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Even though the Lions are 0-3, they are 2-1 against the spread. Despite not winning a game, it is fair to say they are more competitive than most thought coming into the year.
Justin Tucker’s 66-yard dagger was a heartbreaker, but Lions +8 ticket holders left Sunday’s viewing experience happy. Detroit nearly beat a likely AFC Playoff team and was in control for most of the fourth quarter.
The Bears appeared to hit rock bottom vs. the Browns, and you couldn’t ask for a better opponent coming off of a humiliating defeat than the Lions.
While Detroit put forth a respectable defensive effort vs. the Ravens, it still ranks 30th in the NFL in opponent yards per play. Mitchell Trubisky regularly carved up the Lions in his Bears tenure, and this could serve as a get-right game for Fields.
But even if the Lions are bad defensively, it’s hard to describe how awful the Bears were against the Browns. Cleveland sacked Fields nine times; Chicago registered one (!) net passing yard.
Matt Nagy is public enemy No. 1 in Chicago right now, as he appeared stubborn to adjust the playbook for Fields or bother to help out a struggling offensive line. Nagy mostly called straight dropbacks for Fields that kept him in the pocket. Combine that with constant pressure, and it’s not hard to figure out why he faltered.
One would expect Nagy to implement more play-action, rollouts, designed QB runs, max protections, etc., vs. the Lions. Then again, many said the same thing after the Bengals game, and well, yeah. Nagy has not earned the benefit of the doubt when it comes to the offensive scheme.
The Lions may be bad on defense, but the Bears are last in the NFL in yards per play. Water is wet.
Can the Chicago defense save the day?
Luckily for Chicago, its defense is showing good signs after a rough Week 1 outing vs. the Rams.
The Bears were competitive for most of Sunday’s game despite the brutal offense. That’s because of a defense that registered five sacks of its own.
Cleveland scored 13 fourth quarter points, but the Chicago unit was worn down after being on the field for most of the game. The Browns dominated the time of possession, almost doubling the Bears in that department.
Robert Quinn looks like the guy the Bears envisioned when they signed him to a rich free-agent contract in 2020, and Khalil Mack has three sacks in the last two weeks. Eddie Goldman could return against the Lions, and if he does, the Bears may have a dominant front seven.
The Lions also aren’t great on offense, but at this stage, they are clearly better than the Bears. They rank 21st in the NFL in yards per play.
And while Jared Goff hasn’t lit the world on fire, he’s been respectable. Goff has a 94.3 passer rating this season, with five touchdowns to two interceptions. Running back D’Andre Swift, Detroit’s best skill position player, is averaging 96.3 all-purpose yards per game.
The Lions do not have much receiving talent, which bodes well for the Bears because secondary depth is their biggest defensive weakness. Chicago matches up well with Detroit on this side of the ball, even if the Lions have more offensive juice than anticipated.
But can the Bears’ offense rebound after a Week 3 stinker vs. the Browns? That will decide Week 4 Bears vs. Lions betting tickets.