Packers Bears Odds
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This Sunday the Chicago Bears (2-1, 2-1 ATS) will host the Green Bay Packers (1-2, 0-3 ATS) in a huge NFC North showdown. Kickoff is scheduled for 1:00 EST at Soldier Field and will be televised locally on FOX. Oddsmakers currently have the Packers listed as a 2-point road favorite with the total set at 49 points.
Last year these two teams split their season series, but it was Green Bay that won the one that mattered the most. With the NFC North title on the line, the Packers went into Chicago and defeated the Bears 33-28 in Week 17. Green Bay scored the game’s final 14 points, including the game-winning touchdown on a 48-yard pass with just 38 seconds left in regulation.
Early Lean on Packers -2
It’s been a less than impressive start to the 2014 season for the Packers, who had to rally from an early 17-point deficit in their only victory against the Jets. The thing you have to keep in mind is that Green Bay’s two losses have both come on the road against two teams who thrive at home in Seattle and Detroit.
Chicago on the other hand is getting a lot of love after back-to-back wins in primetime. The Bears stunned the 49ers 28-20 in San Francisco on Sunday Night Football in Week 2 and escaped with a 27-19 win over the Jets on Monday Night Football in Week 3. While winning is the only thing that matters, it’s worth noting that Chicago was less than impressive in each of those victories. The Bears managed just 216 yards of total offense against the 49ers and 257 versus the Jets.
I believe this is going to be the week that the Packers offense shows its true form. Chicago’s defense ranks just 16th against the pass (233.0 ypg) and 26th against the run (144.7 ypg). Had it not been for poor quarterback play from Colin Kaepernick and Geno Smith, the Bears would likely be sitting at 0-3 instead of 2-1.
A big reason the Packers have stumbled out of the gate is that they have went up against 3 of the better defenses in the league. In Green Bays two losses to Seattle and Detroit, Aaron Rodgers managed to throw for just 351 yards combined. I believe this is going to be the week that the Packers offense shows its true form. Chicago’s defense ranks just 16th against the pass (233.0 ypg) and 26th against the run (144.7 ypg). Had it not been for poor quarterback play from Colin Kaepernick and Geno Smith, the Bears would likely be sitting at 0-3 instead of 2-1.
One of the things that can’t be overlooked with Chicago is the injuries that have started to pile up on the defensive side of the ball. Chicago has already lost starting corner Charles Tillman for the season and could be without both starting safeties in Ryan Mundy and Chris Conte after both were forced to exit Monday’s game against the Jets early. Other notable defensive players that are questionable for this game are outside linebacker Shea McClellin, defensive end Trevor Scott and defensive tackle Jeremiah Ratliff.
It’s also worth noting that the Bears are at a bit of a disadvantage here playing on short rest after their game on Monday Night Football. Not to mention they have lost 4 straight home games both SU and ATS to the Rodgers and the Packers. All of which had Green Bay favored by 4-points or less.