One of the biggest rivalries in all of sports is set to go down Thursday night, when the Bears travel up to Green Bay to face the Packers. How have the NFL odds makers chosen to line this game, and can football bettors expect to see much movement?
The Chicago Bears had their way
with the Colts this past Sunday, while the Packers took a beating of their own
when they lost to the 49ers.
2 NFL odds are out, and this game is already starting to see some heavy action,
as the Packers are laying -6 at home.
put on an offensive clinic in Week 1, and although it was against a weak Colts
team, the Bears proved that their offseason additions were the real deal. Jay
Cutler threw for 333 yards, two touchdowns and a pick in Chicago’s win, while a
host of other Bears played well also.
other side, Aaron Rodgers had an average game by his standards in the Packers’
loss to San Francisco. Rodgers was 30-44 on the day, with 303 yards, two
touchdowns and a costly end of the game interception.
two teams have a bitter history, so let’s take a look at some of the factors
leading up to this matchup, and we will start to decide which way we should
lean with our NFL picks on Thursday night.
Packers bad, or 49ers good?
the Packers didn’t play at their best Sunday, as the 49ers reminded everyone
that they were not a fluke in 2011. The Niners held Green Bay to 45 rushing
yards, and limited Rodgers to a 55.1 QBR. None of the Packers offensive players
had great games, and it showed.
I do think it was a game where the Packers lost, and were not beaten. Yes, the
49ers played well and forced the Packers to throw into tight windows, but the Green
Bay receivers had horrible games. Jermichael Finley had several key drops throughout
the game, and the Packers were only 6-13 on third down. Plus, the Packers only
gained 324 yards of total offense. For a team that normally gets 400 yards
without even trying, this was big.
care if it was against the Colts, the Bears made a statement on Sunday. They
told everyone that they are the real deal this season, and they are more than
ready for their early trip to Green Bay.
comer Brandon Marshall caught nine passes for 119 yards and a touchdown,
proving that he will add a new dimension to this team. The Bears newly paid
running back tandem had themselves a fine game as well. Matt Forte rushed for
80 yards on 16 carries, while grabbing 3 receptions for 40 yards. Michael Bush
cleaned up the scraps, as he had two touchdowns on 12 carries and 42 yards.
might have one of the worst defenses in the league, so this is obviously not something
to get incredibly excited about, but it is a good sign. Another good sign for
Chicago was Brian Urlacher’s performance. Urlacher is playing on a banged up
knee and even though he is far from 100%, his presence means as much as his
play does for Chicago.
Bears are looking to reverse their recent play against the Packers. Chicago is
only 1-6 SU in their last seven games
against Green Bay, while they are only 2-7 ATS in their last nine against them.
we will take a look at the total for this game, and then Thursday morning, I’ll
release my pick for the spread. Stay tuned!