CHICAGO, IL -- (Marketwire) -- 10/22/12 -- On October 22nd, 2012 at 8:30 Eastern at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois the Bears will face off against rival the Detroit Lions, in a game where the spread favors the Bears by 6.5 points. The current weather forecast is high 50s and cloudy. The Chicago Bears are currently 4-1 and 0-1 in their division (NFC North), while the Lions are 2-3 and 0-1 in the NFC North.
The last time these teams met on November 13th, 2011, Chicago beat the Lions by 24 points with a score of 37-13. On October 10th, 2011 the Lions beat out the Bears by a score of 24-13. Overall the Bears hold a winning record 94-65-5 all time and the Bears have won 7 out of the last 8 times they have played each other.
Important Stats Cooper Picks Out for his Monday Night Football Predictions
Last week "Da Bears" had a bye after a 3 game winning streak. To maintain solid playing on both offense and defense they are going to need to reenergize the momentum they had going into their off week. Their defense is one of the best in the NFL this season with 5 interceptions returned for touchdowns in just 3 games. With 13 INTs so far this season has taken off a lot of pressure for the offense. This game puts two of the NFC's best defensive players up against each other.
One very important fact when examining the spread is that the Lions have had every single game so far this season decided by a touchdown plus conversion or less with two games decided in overtime.
Quarterback Jay Cutler plays strong against division rivals and has a career passing rating of 105.00 in the 7 games he has played against the Detroit Lions. To boot he has 10 touchdowns and just 1 interception in those 7 games. To spice things up he is undefeated when above 100 with his passing rating.
Running back Matt Forte just had his first 100 yard rushing game and goes up against a team he has 7 touchdowns against. Wide Receiver Brandon Marshall is averaging almost 100 yards per game while Cornerback Charles Tillman and Linebacker Lance Briggs are ranking 1-2 in team history with interceptions that have been returned for a touchdown, rounding out a very solid defensive team that by the numbers looks incredibly scary.
Important notes from Cooper's analysts and syndicate desk are that the Bears are 8-2 on Monday Night Football with head coach Lovie Smith at the helm. This includes being 3-0 at Soldier Field where the Chicago Bears have won 5 out of their last 6 games after coming off of a bye week. For week 8 the San Francisco 49ers face off against the Arizona Cardinals and for all of those watching the game online or on national television Cooper wants the public to know that he will be giving out a free "total" also known as the Over/Under for new clients.
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