The Chicago Bears received good news on Thursday when doctors cleared their starting quarterback Jay Cutler to play in Sunday’s home game at Soldier Field.
Chicago is 5-3 SU and 2-5-1 ATS this season, while Detroit is 5-3 SU and 4-4 ATS. Both teams are tied at the top of the NFC North with Green Bay.
On the announcement that Cutler was cleared to play in Sunday’s game, the Bears went from being the underdog in the game to being the favorite on some sportsbooks like Bovada and betonline.
In a loss in Week 8, Cutler was knocked out of the game with an injured groin and doctors said he would be out three weeks or more.
However, during this week most people felt he would return, but were waiting for the all clear sign from doctors.
The spread had started to move in Chicago’s favored even prior to the announcement that doctors had cleared Cutler to play. Sportsbooks such as topbet had Detroit -1 on Thursday morning, and then many took the game off the big board and reposted the Bears at -1.5.
In the fourth week of the season, Detroit defeated Chicago 40-32, as a favorite by 3 points. The game was not as close as the margin of eight-point might indicate.
Last week the Bears won behind Josh McCown at Lambeau Field thanks in part to Aaron Rodgers going down injured. Nevertheless, McCown had 272 yards passing and two touchdowns.
Some sportsbooks like Bovada believe the Bears are as many as two points better with Cutler on the field.
After the game was reposted on Thursday, the spread jumped from Chicago -1.5 to pick’em and back up again for Chicago at -1, then to a pick’em.
Regardless of where the line ends by game time, the important part for Chicago is that Cutler is back and that gives them a chance against the offensive minded Lions.
With Green Bay facing a big problem with Rodgers shoulder injury, Chicago and Detroit could be the two to battle for the NFC North. With their head-to-head games taking place early in the season in Week 4 and now Week 9, each team will have to win their games going forward and rely on other teams to knock their division rivals off.
The Rodgers loss for 4 to 6 weeks could prevent the Packers from reaching the post season if they cannot find a way to win without him. The Packers face Philadelphia on Sunday and currently that line is a pick’em.