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NFL : ATS Matchup
Sunday 9/29/2013Line$ LineOU LineScore




CHICAGO (3 - 0) at DETROIT (2 - 1)
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Week 4 Sunday, 9/29/2013 1:00 PM
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CHICAGO - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games3-0+31-13-031.719.3330.7(5.4)1.724.715.0383.0(6.4)3.7
Road Games1-0+11-01-040.024.0258.0(4.4)
Last 3 Games3-0+31-13-031.719.3330.7(5.4)1.724.715.0383.0(6.4)3.7
Division Games1-0+10-11-031.024.0411.0(6.3)
CHICAGO - Current Season Statistics
Offense (All Games)31.719.318.731:1327-106(3.9)23-3467.6%225(6.6)61-331(5.4)(10.4)
Opponents Defensive Avg.26.215.320.832:3828-111(3.9)23-3860.9%242(6.3)67-354(5.3)(13.5)
Offense Road Games40.024.015.031:3628-107(3.8)20-3066.7%151(5)58-258(4.4)(6.4)
Defense (All Games)24.715.019.328:4725-89(3.5)23-3565.4%294(8.5)60-383(6.4)(15.5)
Opponents Offensive Avg.2212.418.228:2224-88(3.6)22-3562.1%244(6.9)59-332(5.6)(15.1)
Defense Road Games23.010.021.028:2421-80(3.8)26-4163.4%379(9.2)62-459(7.4)(20)
CHICAGO - Turnovers, Penalties and Special Teams Statistics
 Turnovers LostThird DownsFourth DownsKickoff ReturnsPunt ReturnsPenalties
Stats For (All Games)
Opponents Avg. Stats Against1.
Stats For (Road Games)
Stats Against (All Games) 13-644.7%1-166.7%2-66(33)1-6(5.7)6-56
Opponents Avg. Stats For1.31.62.9 13-538.1%1-057.1%2-66(26.8)10-2(6.4)5-51
Stats Against (Road Games) 11-327.3%1-00.0%2-48(24)2-4(2)6-59

DETROIT - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games2-1+0.82-11-227.314.7410.7(6.3)1.323.012.7366.0(5.9)2.3
Home Games1-0+11-01-034.013.0469.0(6.2)
Last 3 Games2-1+0.82-11-227.314.7410.7(6.3)1.323.012.7366.0(5.9)2.3
Dome Games1-1-0.11-11-127.513.5395.5(6)1.524.512.0339.0(5.9)2.5
Division Games1-0+11-01-034.013.0469.0(6.2)
DETROIT - Current Season Statistics
Offense (All Games)27.314.722.731:1625-76(3)26-4063.6%334(8.3)66-411(6.3)(15)
Opponents Defensive Avg.30.318.42431:2327-115(4.3)27-4165.8%314(7.7)67-429(6.4)(14.2)
Offense Home Games34.013.028.036:1933-117(3.5)28-4365.1%352(8.2)76-469(6.2)(13.8)
Defense (All Games)23.012.722.328:4423-104(4.5)24-3961.9%262(6.7)62-366(5.9)(15.9)
Opponents Offensive Avg.22.711.121.229:3723-103(4.4)24-3960.5%255(6.5)63-358(5.7)(15.8)
Defense Home Games24.014.016.023:4122-105(4.8)18-2864.3%225(8)50-330(6.6)(13.7)
DETROIT - Turnovers, Penalties and Special Teams Statistics
 Turnovers LostThird DownsFourth DownsKickoff ReturnsPunt ReturnsPenalties
Stats For (All Games)
Opponents Avg. Stats Against1122.413-541.6%1-162.5%2-48(27.1)15-2(7.4)7-60
Stats For (Home Games)
Stats Against (All Games) 11-326.5%1-050.0%2-47(23.7)2-9(4.5)6-46
Opponents Avg. Stats For1.30.92.2 13-535.7%1-162.5%3-67(25.2)8-2(4.5)6-48
Stats Against (Home Games) 10-220.0%2-150.0%2-54(27)1-6(6)5-52
Average power rating of opponents played: CHICAGO 20.3,  DETROIT 16.7
CHICAGO - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
9/22/2013@ PITTSBURGH40-23W-2W40.5O28-10720-30-151021-8026-41-3795
9/29/2013@ DETROIT            
10/6/2013NEW ORLEANS            
10/10/2013NY GIANTS            
10/20/2013@ WASHINGTON            

DETROIT - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
9/15/2013@ ARIZONA21-25L-1L47U20-4924-36-273125-8723-40-2611
9/22/2013@ WASHINGTON27-20W-1W48U23-6325-42-378122-12032-50-3002
10/6/2013@ GREEN BAY            
10/13/2013@ CLEVELAND            
CHICAGO: New offensive coordinator Aaron Kromer coached the line and running backs during his tenure in New Orleans (he'll also coach the O-Line this season), and the Saints ran a sophisticated and versatile running scheme. Expect both man and zone blocking from the Bears, and they'll likely be running out of spread looks much more often than last year. Matt Forte is still the lead rusher, and he'll stay on the field on third downs as one of the league's best passing down backs. Michael Bush will spell him and take a third of the workload, including the majority of short-yardage runs and goal-line carries. New head coach Marc Trestman will run an offense more like what Jay Cutler ran in Denver. They'll use a lot of spread looks with more quick-hitters, short hitches and slants. Brandon Marshall is the primary target, a possession receiver who does most of his work facing the line of scrimmage. Alshon Jeffery will likely work underneath a little bit more in his second season. Slot receiver Earl Bennett should see an uptick in reps, though he's been marginalized by Marshall. TE Martellus Bennett will likely get the chance to flex out more, and Forte will catch plenty of screens. The Bears figure to lean heavily on the backs in the red zone, and when they do throw, Cutler usually force-feeds Marshall. New defensive coordinator Mel Tucker won't tinker much with this defense that led the NFL with 44 takeaways, including eight pick-sixes. DE Julius Peppers (111.5 career sacks) is still a menace, CBs Tim Jennings (NFL-high 9 INT) and Charles Tillman (10 FF, 3 TD) are outstanding, and 24-year-old SS Major Wright (4 INT) is a rising star in this league. New MLB D.J. Williams is a suitable replacement for the retired Brian Urlacher, working alongside accomplished WLB Lance Briggs and new SLB James Anderson.
DETROIT: The running game figures to be an afterthought again for the NFL's most pass-happy team. Reggie Bush is the new No. 1 back, but he was brought in more for his receiving skills and ability in space. His carries will come working off the passing game and likely be a lot of delays and draws, and often out of the shotgun. Mikel Leshoure, a tentative plodder who was a disaster last season, will hopefully perform better in his second season back from a torn Achilles. Joique Bell has a chance to push Leshoure for playing time, but his strength is more in the passing game, making him the likely odd man out. Expect a lot more of Matthew Stafford sitting back in shotgun with three and four receivers. Calvin Johnson is obviously the focal point, often working up the seam and breaking off when safeties sit deep. With no reliable No. 2 receiver, Brandon Pettigrew is Stafford's second option, working the middle of the field while Nate Burleson acts as a third receiver. Bush will have a big role in the screen game and figures to flex out to the slot at times. Ryan Broyles remains a question mark coming off a torn ACL, and Mike Thomas must prove he can make plays downfield. Leshoure figures to take the reps when they get down near the goal line, though Stafford runs the occasional sneak. The Lions took a gamble on fifth overall pick DE Ezekiel Ansah and added newcomer DL Jason Jones from Seattle to bolster a weak pass rush (34 sacks, T-20th in NFL). Former Texans SS Glover Quin adds toughness to the secondary that is still searching for a serviceable No. 2 corner behind top CB Chris Houston. They did little else to improve their sagging defense that allowed 24+ points in each of their final eight games and had multiple takeaways just five times in 2012. Detroit has the 2nd-hardest NFL schedule in 2013.
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While a typically opportunistic defense has paced the Chicago Bears' strong start, the Detroit Lions hope the recent injury to a key offensive starter won't prevent them from ending their recent struggles against their NFC North rival.

Looking for their first 4-0 start in seven years, the visiting Bears try to continue their success against the Lions on Sunday.

For the second time in four years, Chicago is undefeated through three games thanks to the ball-hawking approach of its defense. Major Wright returned an interception 38 yards for a touchdown and Julius Peppers took a recovered fumble 42 yards for a score as the Bears forced five turnovers in a 40-23 win at Pittsburgh last Sunday.

Though the Bears are tied for 19th in scoring defense at 24.7 points per game and rank 25th in yards allowed at 383.0, they've scored three defensive touchdowns in the last two games while recovering six fumbles and intercepting five passes in 2013.

Since the start of the 2011 season, Chicago is 13-1 in games in which it's scored a defensive touchdown.

"That's what we do, we take the ball away," Peppers said. "We stress it in practice every day, and it carries over to the game ... we have to continue to do that on a weekly basis to continue to win, and I believe we'll be able to do that."

It's certainly been the case against Detroit (2-1), as Chicago has forced 27 turnovers while winning nine of 10 in the series. The Bears have recorded 14 takeaways while winning the last three matchups.

Chicago has won four of five at Ford Field, but improving to 4-0 for the first time since 2006 may not be easy after the teams' two 2012 meetings were decided by eight points.

Detroit can grab a share of the early division lead Sunday after earning its first-ever win at Washington last week, 27-20.

"The urgency is there for everybody to improve and to get the next win," coach Jim Schwartz said. "I'm certainly not downplaying the importance of any game, but we treat them all with respect and we want to win every single one.

"NFC North games mean an awful lot because No. 1, it's a chance for you to win the game, but No. 2, it's a chance to put a loss on one of your opponents without having somebody else have to help you do it. They're certainly important. I'm not up here to tell you it's not."

Lions running back Reggie Bush said he'll return from a knee injury that forced him to miss last week's game. He totaled 260 yards and a touchdown in the first two contests.

Bush's return could boost an already potent offense that ranks fourth in the NFL with 410.7 yards per game and sixth at 27.3 points a contest.

That unit, however, suffered a blow this week when it lost receiver Nate Burleson.

The veteran, who has a team-leading 19 receptions for 116 yards and made six catches against the Redskins, suffered a broken arm in a single-car accident early Tuesday when he reached over to keep two pizza boxes from falling off the front passenger seat.

"It's tough," said quarterback Matthew Stafford, who has thrown for 1,020 yards with six TDs and two interceptions. "He's been a big part of our team since he's been here."

The Lions may have to rely more on second-year receiver Ryan Broyles, who made three catches for 34 yards Sunday in his first game since suffering a season-ending knee injury in December. Broyles had three catches for 51 yards and a touchdown in Detroit's 13-7 loss at Chicago on Oct. 22.

Burleson's absence likely means more defensive attention on Calvin Johnson, who has 13 receptions for 231 yards and three TDs in the past two games.

Johnson would likely be covered by star cornerback Charles Tillman, but Tillman is hampered by knee and groin issues that sidelined him late last week.

That could prove significant, as Tillman has helped limit Johnson to 15 catches, no TDs and an average of 62.3 yards in the teams' last three meetings.

The Bears announced Monday that starting defensive tackle Henry Melton will undergo season-ending knee surgery.

Jay Cutler turned in an efficient performance against the Steelers, going 20 of 30 for 159 yards, a touchdown and no interceptions. His 67.3 completion percentage and 94.2 passer rating are career highs and he's been sacked only three times this season, though two of those came last week.

He's posted a 108.8 rating while throwing seven touchdowns and no interceptions to go 3-1 at Detroit since joining the Bears.

Teammate Matt Forte rushed 46 times for 219 yards and a TD in the last two games at Ford Field.

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