The Green Bay Packers are set to host the Chicago Bears on Thursday Night Football in Week 7. Kickoff is set for 8:25 EST at Lambau Field and will be televised on CBS. Oddsmakers have the Packers as a 9-point favorite and the total at 46.5 points.
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Chicago (1-5) comes in off a crushing 16-17 home loss to the Jaguars. The Bears led 13-0 going into the 4th quarter, only to get outscored 17-3 in the final period. Chicago got another strong game from backup QB Brian Hoyer. He completed 30 of 49 attempts for 302 yards.
Green Bay (3-2) also suffered a loss at home. The Packers fell 16-30 to the Cowboys. Green Bay didn’t help themselves, turning it over 4 times. The Packers No. 1 ranked run defense was no match for Dallas’ offensive line and stud rooking running back. The Cowboys rushed for 191 yards with Ezekiel Elliott accounting for 157 yards on 28 carries.
The road team won both meetings last year. The Packers beat the Bears 31-23 in Chicago. The Bears returned the favor with a 17-13 win at Green Bay.
Free Pick & Point Spread Predictions: Packers -9
I’m going to side with Green Bay on first look here. Oddsmakers have set a big number trying to entice action on the Bears. I know the Packers haven’t won a game all season by more than 7-points, but this just feels like a good spot for them.
They are going to come out pissed off after getting embarrassed on their home field by the Cowboys. Not to mention they haven’t forgot about Chicago leaving with a win last time they were here.
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All the talk leading up to this game is going to be about Aaron Rodgers and how he’s lost it. I don’t believe that’s the case. Turnovers played a big part in the Cowboys loss. That’s something that can be corrected. Chicago’s far from a defensive juggernaut, so Rodgers and company should be able to score early an often.
As for the Bears, they are one of the worst teams in the league. Chicago’s offense has been a mess, scoring 17 or less points in all but one game. The lone exception being 23 against the Colts awful defense. I know the Packers are missing some corners here, but this team drafts well and has guys who can step in an deliver.
They should also be able to make Chicago’s offense one dimensional. The Bears are only averaging 91.0 yards/game on the ground. Prior to giving up 191 rushing yards to Dallas, Green Bay had held each of their first 4 opponents to 50 or less yards. The Bears are going to be in 3rd and long a lot in this game. The Packers should get off the field a bunch and that means more possessions for Rodgers and the offense. It could also lead to some big turnovers that result in quick scores for Green Bay.
I just feel if you are going to play the spread here, you have to take your chances on the Packers. This is a statement game for Green Bay on their home field. Not to mention they have a big advantage playing at home on short rest. Chicago’s also a team on the ropes. If they get down early, I could easily see them throwing in the towel. It’s also worth noting Rodgers is 13-4 ATS versus Chicago in his career.
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