The Green Bay Packers head to Soldier Field this Sunday to renew a classic NFC North rivalry against the Chicago Bears. Game time on FOX is set for 1 p.m.
The Packers improved to 5-7-1 both straight-up and against the spread with Sunday’s 34-20 victory against Atlanta as four-point home favorites, but they are pretty much riding out the string in the NFC playoff race for the second-straight season. Green Bay has gone 1-4-1 ATS on the road this season and it is 2-3-1 ATS in six games as an underdog on BetAnySports’ closing spread. The total has stayed UNDER in its last three road games.
With Aaron Rodgers completing 21-of-32 passing attempts for 196 yards and two scores while Aaron Jones rushed for 78 of the offense’s 138 total yards rushing against Atlanta, the Packers’ offense played like most NFL experts thought it would before the season began. Rodgers has thrown for 3,700 and 23 touchdowns this year with Jones adding 720 yards and eight scores running the ball. It all adds up to an average of 24.2 points per game.
Chicago bounced back from a stunning 30-27 overtime loss to the New York Giants as a 3.5-point road favorite with an impressive defensive effort in Sunday night’s 15-6 victory against the high-flying Los Angeles Rams as a three-point home underdog with BetAnySports. Coupled with Minnesota’s loss on Monday night, the Bears (9-4 SU and ATS) have a two and a half game lead in the NFC North with three games to play. Chicago has gone 6-1 ATS at home this season.
Mitch Trubisky returned to the starting lineup on Sunday night after missing his last few games with a shoulder injury. The rust was evident in the second-year signal-caller’s play with just 110 yards passing and three interceptions. The Bears were highly effective running the ball with 194 yards rushing on 34 carries. You can also credit Chicago’s defense after holding the high-powered Rams to 214 yards of total offense.
This is still a division game between teams that do not like one another all that much, but I am laying the points and taking Chicago to avenge one of its few losses of the year while also covering the current spread on its home field.