Chicago Bears vs. Green Bay Packers
The Chicago Bears and the Green Bay Packers meet on Sunday at Soldier Field in a pivotal NFC North NFL battle. The Packers are -2.5 point favorites over the Bears with an over/under point total set at 42.
The Chicago Bears are reeling after losing four of their last five games and while a few weeks ago they were in first place in the division they are now in a position where they may miss the playoffs entirely. Jay Cutler was battered last week but he is probable for this one and for the season he has completed 59.8 percent of his passes with 16 touchdowns and 13 interceptions while being sacked 31 times. Matt Forte is averaging 4.3 yards per carry and he is the Bears’ second leading receiver with 36 catches. Brandon Marshall has 101 catches and nine touchdowns, Earl Bennett has 23 catches as does Devin Hester. Defensively the Bears are allowing 16.8 points per game, 108.7 rushing yards, and 2-5.5 passing yards with 21 interceptions and 33 sacks. Lance Briggs has 81 tackles, Charles Tillman has 70 tackles and nine fumble recoveries, and Tim Jennings has eight interceptions. The Bears desperately need a win here as this season is already turning disappointing in a hurry.
The Green Bay Packers are setting up what they hope will be a post season run but with a first round bye and home field out of their control all they can do is keep winning. Aaron Rodgers has completed 66.9 percent of his passes for 29 touchdowns and eight interceptions while being sacked 42 times. Alex Green is averaging 3.5 yards per carry as the Packers continue to search for a running game. Randall Cobb has 71 catches and seven touchdowns, James Jones has 46 catches, and Greg Jennings is back in the lineup after missing most of the season. Defensively the Packers allow 21.5 points, 116.7 rushing yards, and 235.2 passing yards with 15 interceptions and 35 sacks. A.J. Hawk has 104 tackles, Morgan Burnett has 103 tackles, but Charles Woodson and Clay Mathews have been sidelined so this unit should only improve when they return. The Packers are no stranger to late season and playoff runs and they are hoping this one ends up putting them in the Super Bowl.
Chicago is 1-4 against the spread in their last five home games, 1-5 against the spread against the NFC, and 1-4 against the spread in their last five games overall. Green Bay is 5-1 against the spread against the NFC, 4-1 against the spread in their last five games overall, and 22-8 against the spread in their last 30 games against the NFC North. Green Bay has covered the spread in the last four meetings of these two.
The Bears are falling apart while the banged up Packers are surging and that’s not good news for the home crowd here as the Packers could send the Bears a message.
Green Bay Packers -2.5 Chicago Bears