Detroit Lions: Thanksgiving day betting odds and prediction vs. Bears

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The 0-9-1 Detroit Lions will host the 3-7 Chicago Bears this Thanksgiving.

There are plenty of rumors swirling around the league suggesting that Thursday will be Chicago’s head coach Matt Nagy’s last game with the franchise. However, per Adam Schefter, Nagy has denied these rumors stating that he has not spoken with the teams’ leadership regarding his job status, but guiding the organization to a measly 3-7 record and perhaps losing to a bad Lions’ team with much of the nation watching might signal the end.

Nagy has quickly regressed as a head coach since winning NFL coach of the year in 2018, his first year with Chicago.  Nagy owns a 31-27 regular-season record, something Detroit fans can only wish for but has gone 0-2 in the postseason.

Bears rookie Justin Fields is battling a rib injury, so if this is indeed Nagy’s final game in Chicago, he gets to go out with his preferred quarterback Andy Dalton under center.  Detroit Lions starting signal-caller Jared Goff continues to battle an oblique injury that held him out this past Sunday in Cleveland is considered a game-time decision.

On Tuesday, Lions head coach Dan Campbell gave us another unorthodox line saying that it’s looking like Goff will be able to make Thursday’s start saying, ‘there is a 60% chance that Goff will be a 50/50 game-time decision including backup Tim Boyle will be ready in-case he’s called upon.’

The Detroit Lions tied with the Pittsburgh Steelers on the road two weeks ago and barely lost to Browns 13-10 in Cleveland.

The Bears have lost five straight games and most recently lost the Steelers and Baltimore Ravens in succession on a last-second field goal and a go-ahead touchdown with under a minute left in the ball game; that sounds very Lion-like, if you ask me.

The Detroit Lions need to focus on stopping David Montgomery and the Bears’ run-heavy offense, plus the matchup I am most intrigued with will be Lions corner Jerry Jacobs hopefully defending Darnell Mooney with Allen Robinson likely sidelined with an injury.

Detroit Lions betting odds, spread, and prediction.

Be sure to head on over to WynnBET to place your wagers.  The Bears are favored by 3 points in this contest with -115 odds.  The Detroit Lions, of course, is +3 with a rate of -105, and the Moneyline set at +140.  The Under/Over for this game is set at 41.5.

For the first time this season, I am picking the Detroit Lions to cover and win outright on the Moneyline, IF Jared Goff starts. If Boyle starts I urge you to put your money on Chicago. I am also taking the Under in total points.  It’s a short week which should translate to a low-scoring affair, plus even with regular rest, points are at a premium for these two clubs.  I’ve got Detroit winning this game 20-13.

Goff hasn’t been good at all this season, but we saw that he’s the best quarterback on this team this past Sunday.  With the addition of Josh Reynolds at receiver and the return of Jamaal Williams to complement the surging D’Andre Swift, I am taking the Lions to get it done.

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I am predicting Dan Campbell will get his first and likely only win this season as a full-time NFL head coach.