NFL Week 5 2011, Monday Night Football - Detroit Lions v Chicago Bears

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Sun, 2011-10-09 12:40 -- TheFootballLines

NFL "Monday Night Football" will see all eyes focused on Ford Field as the unbeaten Detroit Lions have the opportunity to go 5-0 as they play host to the Chicago Bears. The opening NFL Point Spread had the Lions installed as -6 point favorites, which has moved in slightly with most sportbooks offering Detroit at -5.5 to -5. Coming into this game the Lions are 3-0-1 against the closing point spread while the Bears are 1-3, with their sole cover being against the Falcons in week 1.

Current NFL Odds (or money line odds) have Detroit Lions -237 (1.42) and the Chicago Bears +214 (3.14) which is pretty close to where they both opened. Betting Detroit on the closing NFL money line each week of the regular season thus far shows a profit of +$327 (for risking $100 per bet) and the Bears -$62. The Lions have only had one opportunity so far this season to impress their home fans, and impress they did with a convincing (48-3) win over the Kansas City Chiefs in week 2. Their other 3 wins were on the road over Tampa Bay (27-20), Minnesota (26-23) and a big come from behind win over Dallas (34-30). Chicago have thus far beaten the Falcons (30-12) and Panthers (34-29) at home and lost to the Saints (13-30) on the road and the Packers at home (17-27).

In NFL Over Under betting markets the line opened at o/u 46.5 and has moved out half a point to currently stand at o/u 47. The Detroit Lions first four games have all gone over the closing total with an average of 52.75 points scored per game, while the Chicago Bears games have been split with 2 going over and 2 staying under for an average of 48.

Other key stats leading into this game, show that the Lions are ranked 10th in the NFL for Yards Per Play differential with +.40 whereas the Bears are down in number 27th spot with -.80 YPP. Detroit also have the edge in Quarterback stats with Matthew Stafford 62.% completion rate and 304.2 average passing yards per game compared to Jay Cutler's 54.2% completions and 240 average yards per game.

The verdict - likes Detroit's chances of making it 5 from 5 and asserting their position as the second best team in the NFC North.