Here is a look at hypothetical propositional wagers between the Bears and Lions.
First team to score
Lions. The Lions will have the momentum to start the game at home and with extra incentive to play spoiler against their division rival. The Bears will give up a big drive early.
First Bears player to score
Brandon Marshall. I expect a lot of Jay Cutler to Brandon Marshall in this one as the Bears turn to their best offensive weapon to help them in a big game.
More touchdowns or field goals for the Bears
Touchdowns. I think by default the Bears score more touchdowns simply because they’ll need them. The Lions offense has some playmakers across the board and they’ll be putting up six points. The Bears will have to match.
Number of catches by Brandon Marshall
8. As previously mentioned, in a big game like this one the Bears will turn to their Pro Bowl receiver to pull them through.
More touchdown passes or interceptions by Jay Cutler
Touchdowns. The Lions secondary has some holes in it and Cutler will find some passing lanes to get the ball in the end zone.
Jay Cutler sacks
3. Cutler was sacked five times the last time these teams played, but that was before the line started blocking better. The Lions should still get their shots on him, though.
More passing yards – Jay Cutler or Matthew Stafford
Matthew Stafford. Stafford is second in the league with 4695 passing yards and the Lions don’t have much of a run game. Expect him to sling it all over the field on the Bears soft coverage zone.
More rushing yards – Bears or Lions
Bears. The Bears had 171 net rushing yards in the teams’ first outing compared to the Lions’ 97 yards. The Bears have a better run defense as well.
Total rushing yards for Bears
135. Matt Forte is probable for the game with an ankle injury and he should find some success against a below-average Lions run defense.
Bears run-to-pass ratio
32 run-to-38 pass. Although I expect the Bears to run the ball well, they’ll most likely need to take to the air to keep up with the Lions’ passing attack.
Team to win the turnover battle
Bears. The Bears insist their defense has found its groove again after the early season success but that remains to be seen. If the Bears can pressure Stafford, he’ll give them opportunities for interceptions.
Total points scored
44. The first time these teams met, it was a low-scoring, defensive slugfest. This one will take place in the dome and there could (and should) be more points with the ball going in the air more.