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Bettors split on Bears vs Lions week 1

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Week one betting lines in the NFL are always tough to predict, but with the 2020 offseason being severally impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, those week one games could be the first time any of us see the players playing for the first time.

Preseason may not happen, media camp access will be even more limited than usual, especially for the Chicago Bears, so getting a feel of how players are acclimating to their teams is going to be tough.

The Bears will travel to Detroit for a season opening game against the Lions, and even though Chicago head coach Matt Nagy has yet to lose to to them, the bettors are split.

Last week Oddschecker.com sent me the following in regards to that September 13th game;

If the betting patterns are anything to go by then we’re in for an extremely tight contest.

The Lions will give 1.5 to the Bears – one of the smallest margins of the week – and bettors have been wagering either side of the line in almost equal measure.

As of this morning, 52% of wagers have backed Chicago compared to 48% for Detroit – the most balanced breakdown across all 16 Week One games.

“Perhaps the reason that this is so finely balanced is to do with the unmade decisions that both teams face; will it be Nick Foles or Mitch Trubisky pulling the strings for the Bears? Is this TJ Hockenson’s time to shine for Detroit?” Oddschecker spokesperson Pete Watt said. “Only time will tell, but we can expect plenty more activity on this market as both team’s training camps progress.”

We’re still a few weeks away from camps opening up, which means we’ll likely see some more info from the league and the NFLPA about how things will transpire for the 2020 season.