Matt Nagy takes the driver seat for the Chicago Bears this season. Adding some weapons for Mitch Trubisky, Chicago looks to get back into the playoffs for the first time in eight years.
NFC NORTH DIVISION WINNERS: +650 (Bovada)
NFC CONFERENCE CHAMPIONS: +2500 (Bovada)
SUPER BOWL 53 CHAMPIONS: +6500 (Bovada)
Team Win Total: O/U 6.5 (Westgate)
Week 1 vs. New York (Jets) (-6) Week 9 @ Minnesota (+7)
Week 2 @ San Francisco (+3.5) Week 10 @ Chicago (+1)
Week 3 vs. New England (+4) Week 11 vs. Carolina (-2.5)
Week 4 @ Dallas (+4) Week 12 vs. Chicago (-5)
Week 5 vs. Green Bay (+1) Week 13 vs. Los Angeles (Rams) (+2)
Week 6 BYE WEEK Week 14 @ Arizona (+1)
Week 7 @ Miami (+1) Week 15 @ Buffalo (PK)
Week 8 vs. Seattle (-1.5) Week 16 vs. Vikings (+6.5)
Week 17 @ Green Bay (N/A)
49er’s, Patriots, Cowboys, Seahawks, Panthers, and Rams will all be tough games. On top of that a back to back week of Arizona to Buffalo trip will be a lot of travel. Not to mention the Packers and the Vikings are two favorites this season.
Key Team Additions and Subtractions
Additions – QB Matt Cassel, RB LeGarrette Blount, TE Luke Wilson, T Kenny Wiggins, DT Sylvester Williams, LB Devon Kennard, and LB Christian Jones
Subtractions – TE Eric Ebron, DT Haloti Ngata, DE Brandon Copeland, Tahir Whitehead, and S Tavon Wilson
Draft – C Frank Ragnow, RB Kerryon Johnson, S Tracy Walker, DE Da’Shawn Hand, T Tyrell Crosby, and FB Nick Bawden
Matthew Stafford has one of the best arms in the league, there is no question of that. He’s not had a great run game around him so the balance on offense is tough. His wide outs are solid and the Lions added a recieving tightend. With an improved run game it should help Stafford find balance.
The Lions had little run support for Stafford last season, so they brought in LeGarrette Blount and draft Kerryon Johnson. Both should allow the Lions to have some what of a ground game. With Theo Riddick, the running backs are a more complete group.
The wideout group is lead by Marvin Jones and Golden Tate, two above average receivers. Both can create space in the passing game and Kenny Golladay had a solid season as a rookie. Luke Wilson will help provide yards from the tight end spot, but the help there is still lacking.
Ricky Wagner is the only player that is above average on the line. This unit is one of the worst in the league and the only improvement was drafting Ragnow to play guard. They were the bottom ten in sacks allowed. Stafford is about to get hit a lot.
Ezekiel Ansah was franchise tag and he will be the an unstoppable force. A’Shawn Robinson and Sylvester Williams are serviceable at best in the middle. While Anthony Zettel is an above average player opposite of Ansah.
Bringing in Devon Kennard is a decent linebacker. Jarrad Davis was All Rookie last season but Jalen Reeves-Maybin is one of the worst weakside linebackers. This group is pretty rough and needs someone to step up.
Darius Slay is a lock down corner and was All Pro First Team. Teez Tabor looked good when he filled in as a rookie. Glover Quin and Quandre Diggs are servicable but can be beat with strong QB play.
Matt Prater is one of the best kickers still. Jamal Agnew was All Rookie and All Pro First team at the return spot.
The Lions needed a change. They brought in Matt Patricia to head coach but he doesn’t have the best team to work with. Detroit still needs a lot to change this teams playoff hopes and the division doesn’t help.
The Lions aren’t a good team even with Stafford, this team needs a lot of help. The defense isn’t great the o-line is disastrous and above that the schedule looks rough. Take the Under here.
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