- The Chicago Bears visit the Detroit Lions at Ford Field in an NFC North divisional battle on Thursday, November 25th
- It’s the 19th time these two teams have faced each other on Thanksgiving Day
- All of the best Lions-Bears player props are outlined in the story below
They’ll be kicking it old school at Ford Field, as the Detroit Lions play host to the Chicago Bears on Thanksgiving Day. The tradition of the Thanksgiving Day game in Detroit began on November 29, 1934, when the Bears beat the Lions 19-16.
Oddly enough, Chicago is also favored to win this game by three points. The Bears hold a 10-8 edge all-time over the Lions on Thanksgiving.
Will David Montgomery or D’Andre Swift find the end zone? Is Jared Goff healthy enough to return to QB Detroit after missing last week’s game with an oblique injury? How will backup Andy Dalton fare at QB for Chicago, stepping in for the injured Justin Fields?
Check out our updated injury reports, as well as other betting options. Let’s start with the lines for player props.
Bears vs Lions Player Props
|Quarterback||Completions||Passing Yards||Passing TDs|
|Andy Dalton (CHI)||OFF||222.5 (Ov -115 | Un -115)||OFF|
|Running Backs||Rush Attempts||Rush Yards||Receiving and Rush Yards|
|D’Andre Swift (DET)||15.5 (Ov +100 | Un -135)||67.5 (Ov -115 | Un -115)||105.5 (Ov -115 | Un -115)|
|David Montgomery (CHI)||17.5 (Ov -120| Un -110)||79.5 (Ov -115 | Un -115)||101.5 (Ov -115 | Un -115)|
|Khailil Herbert (CHI)||OFF||22.5 (Ov -115 | Un -115)||OFF|
|Andy Dalton (CHI)||OFF||9.5 (Ov -115 | Un -115)||OFF|
|Wide Receivers + Tight Ends||Receptions||Receiving Yards||Longest Reception|
|Cole Kmet (CHI)||3.5 (Ov -135 | Un +105)||54.5 (Ov -112 | Un -112)||17.5 (Ov -110 | Un -120)|
|Darnell Mooney (CHI)||4.5 (Ov -145 | Un +110)||23.5 (Ov -112 | Un -112)||22.5 (Ov -115 | Un -115)|
|David Montgomery (CHI)||2.5 (Ov -115 | Un -115)||14.5 (Ov -143 | Un +115)||10.5 (Ov -120 | Un -110)|
|Marquise Goodwin (CHI)||3.5 (Ov +140 | Un -185)||17.5 (Ov -112 | Un -112)||19.5 (Ov -110 | Un -120)|
|D’Andre Swift (DET)||4.5 (Ov +100 | Un -130)||33.5 (Ov -120 | Un -110)||14.5 (Ov -115 | Un -115)|
|Kalif Raymond (DET)||2.5 (Ov +-175 | Un +130)||31.5 (Ov -115 | Un -115)||16.5 (Ov -110 | Un -120)|
|TJ Hockenson (DET)||4.5 (Ov +110 | Un -145)||43.5 (Ov -120 | Un -110)||17.5 (Ov -125 | Un -105)|
|Amon-Ra St Brown (DET)||OTB||OTB||15.5 (Ov -125 | Un -110)|
All odds taken Nov. 24th from DraftKingsAdvertising Disclosure
Prop #1: Montgomery a Monster vs Lions
When the Bears beat the Lions 24-14 during Week 4 at Soldier Field, it was the David Montgomery show. The Bears running back set season highs for carries (23), rushing yards (106) and touchdowns (23).
David Montgomery’s toughness and explosiveness with the ball makes him so much fun to watch.
His burst when accelerating through a hole has improved since his debut with the #Bears.
— Jacob Infante (@jacobinfante24) November 21, 2021
He is averaging 17.2 carries and 75.4 yards on the ground in five career starts against Detroit. With Dalton under center, expect that Bears coach Matt Nagy will go even more conservative with his game plan than usual.
The over on Montgomery carries and yards gained on the ground figure to be good plays .
- Pick: Chicago Bears David Montgomery over 17.5 carries (-120), 1 unit; Montgomery over 79.5 rushing yards (-115). 1 unit.
Prop #2: Making Swift Movements
Since 2014, just two Lions running backs have enjoyed 100-yard games on the ground. Kerryon Johnson is one of them. D’Andre Swift is the other.
In fact, Swift has topped the century mark in each of Detroit’s last two games. He carried a season-high 33 times for 130 yards two weeks ago during a 16-16 tie with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
D’Andre Swift became the first #Lions running back with back-to-back 100 yard rushing games since Kevin Jones did it back in 2004. At this point, he could be staring at his first Pro Bowl appearance. pic.twitter.com/lQot2DyBON
— Honolulu Blues (@HonoluluBlues_) November 21, 2021
Last week against the Cleveland Browns, the Lions only handed the rock to Swift on 14 occasions. He made the most of those chances, however. Swift rambled for 136 yards, an impressive 9.71 yards per carry.
Like the Bears, taking into consideration an ailing Goff at the helm and Chicago sharing the NFL lead with 31 QB sacks, in all likelihood the Lions will lean heavily on the run game.
- Pick: Detroit Lions D’Andre Swift over 67.5 rushing yards (-115), 1 unit
Bears vs Lions Touchdown Props
|Player||Odds to Score First TD||Odds to Score Any TD|
|David Montgomery (CHI)||+450||-140|
|D’Andre Swift (DET)||+600||-110|
|Darnell Mooney (CHI)||+900||+165|
|Allen Robinson II (CHI)||+1200||+200|
|TJ Hockenson (DET)||+1200||+210|
|Jamaal Williams (DET)||+1400||+260|
|Cole Kmet (CHI)||+1600||+300|
|Amon-Ra St Brown (DET)||+1600||+300|
|Marquise Goodwin (CHI)||+1800||+360|
|Kalif Raymond (DET)||+1800||+380|
|Andy Dalton (CHI)||+2500||+450|
|Khalil Herbert (CHI)||+2800||+550|
|Damiere Byrd (CHI)||+3500||+700|
|Jimmy Graham (CHI)||+3500||+700|
|Jesse James (DET)||+3500||+700|
|Jermar Jefferson (DET)||+5000||+900|
Who Are the Best Bets to Score a Touchdown?
These are not what you’d classify as two of the NFL’s offensive juggernauts. The Bears are 29th in the NFL in scoring offense (16.3 points per game). The Lions are right behind Chicago in 30th place (16.0 PPG).
However, each team has scored nine rushing TDs, which leaves them among a group of teams tied for 14th in the NFL in that category. They are 30th (Detroit, 8) and 31st (Chicago, 7) in passing TDs in the NFL, so if they’re going to find the end zone, it’s likely to be done via the ground game.
Through 10 games, Montgomery has only found the end zone three times this season. However, two of those three scores came during the Week 4 victory against the Lions, which was clearly the best game of the season turned in by the Chicago running back.
David Montgomery loves playing against the Lions 😂 pic.twitter.com/vLVzoLGbZd
— PFF Fantasy Football (@PFF_Fantasy) October 3, 2021
Montgomery has run for four TDs in the last two games against the Lions. He was the first player to find the end zone in both of those games. The Lions have scored only five TDs through their past four games. Swift accounted for two of those scores. Running back Jermar Jefferson also scored twice.
You can play it safe and take Swift for an anytime TD, or roll the dice with Jefferson at +900 in search of a hefty payday.
- Picks: Chicago Bears David Montgomery first TD (+450); Detroit Lions D’Andre Swift anytime TD (-110).