The Chicago Bears (7-6) travel to Wisconsin this weekend for an NFC North showdown with the Green Bay Packers (10-3). Kickoff is set for 1:00 PM EST on December 15th at Lambeau Field and the game will be televised on FOX.
Oddsmakers opened this game up with the Packers listed as 4.5-point home favorites. The spread hasn’t moved at all after early betting, as Green Bay is currently available at -4.5. The total for this matchup is 40.5 points. Click here for a full look at the Week 15 NFL odds and for more links to our individual game previews.
Packers vs Bears Game Odds & Betting Preview
The Bears have now won three consecutive games after beating Dallas 31-24 last Thursday to improve to 7-6 on the season overall. Chicago had a 17-7 lead at the half and managed to hold on down the stretch despite getting outscored 17-14 over the final two quarters of the game. QB Mitch Trubisky went 23/31 for 244 passing yards and three touchdowns through the air while RB David Montgomery rushed for 86 yards on a team-high 20 carries on the ground. Allen Robinson ran circles around the Cowboys secondary, finding the end zone twice on two of his five receptions for 48 yards. Overall, the Bears gained almost 400 total yards of offense and scored four touchdowns in the win.
Chicago was average defensively against the Cowboys, surrendering over 400 total yards of offense and three touchdowns. The Bears struggled to contain Michael Gallup and Amari Cooper, allowing them to combine for 192 yards and a touchdown on 12 receptions.
Green Bay Packers
The Packers won their second straight game last weekend, slipping by Washington 20-15 at home to improve to 10-3 on the season overall. Green Bay scored two touchdowns in the first quarter and never looked back, cruising to victory over the final 45 minutes of the game. QB Aaron Rodgers went 18/28 for 195 passing yards and a touchdown through the air but certainly took a backseat to RB Aaron Jones who racked up 134 rushing yards and a touchdown on the ground. Jones also led the way for the receiving corps, making six catches for 58 yards. As a whole, the Packers generated well over 350 total yards of offense and scored two touchdowns.
Green Bay had an excellent outing on the other side of the ball against the Redskins, giving up under 300 total yards of offense and two touchdowns. The Packers did have a bit of trouble slowing down Washington on the ground, as Adrian Peterson and Derrius Guice combined for 118 rushing yards and a touchdown.
Free NFL Betting Predictions and Pick: Packers -4.5
A case could easily be made for avoiding this NFC North clash altogether, as both the spread and the total look pretty efficient to me overall. If forced to pick a side against the spread, I’d lean slightly towards laying the 4.5 points and rolling with Green Bay, especially since this matchup is taking place at Lambeau Field where the Packers have covered the number in two out of their last three meetings with Chicago. The Bears have also really struggled against the spread in general so far this season, going a very poor 4-9 ATS through their first 13 games overall.
Click here for more free NFL picks from our experts on staff.
Chicago has really struggled away from Soldier Field this year, as they have now failed to cover the number in five out of their last six road games. They are also only 2-7 ATS over their last nine outings overall and just 1-6 outright in their last seven battles with Green Bay. On the other side, the Packers are a rock solid 6-1 straight up over their last seven games at home. Again, I will most likely avoid this matchup entirely, as there certainly doesn’t appear to be any real value in this spot. Having said that, I’d still rather roll the dice with the home favorite in a game they need to win in order to maintain their lead over the surging Minnesota Vikings atop the NFC North. I’ll take Green Bay to cover.