Sunday night will see a marquee NFC North clash go down to round out what should be a great day of football betting.
The Bears and Packers are historic rivals, and that rivalry could reach new heights in 2018 with both teams poised to contend. Green Bay still rightly feels like their previous season was robbed from them following the Aaron Rodgers collarbone injury, while the Bears are beginning a new and exciting era with a brand new coach and philosophy.
Chicago has certainly been splashy this off-season, bringing in a plethora of exciting weapons on offense, and vastly improving an already stout defensive corps with Khalil Mack. Though the NFC North is super tough, both of these teams have lofty aspirations in 2018, and a win on Sunday Night Football would go far in terms of playoff positioning come December.
Week 1 of the NFL regular season is a great time, and we’ve got your Sunday betting needs covered right here at The Sports Geek. The Sunday Nighter is a great opportunity to further pad the profits, and read on below the odds as we’ll look to help you do just that with a full betting analysis of Chicago and Green Bay.
Bears vs. Packers Betting Odds:
Chicago Bears +7 (-110)
@ Green Bay Packers -7 (-110)
Over 46.5 (-110)
Under 46.5 (-110)
Bears vs. Packers Pick:
Sometimes when teams go out and make a ton of changes to their organization in the off-season, you are left skeptical as to whether or not those sweeping changes were actually beneficial. The Chicago Bears had sweeping roster alterations and I think we can all definitely agree that this new era of Bears football is exciting and has vastly improved their 2018 outlook.
Last season their defense was already pretty solid and with the recent addition of Khalil Mack, it only gets that much scarier. Aaron Rodgers better hope his offensive line is ready to block on Sunday night, because the Bears’ defensive line will absolutely get after him. While Mack will have his hands full with Bryan Bulaga, don’t sleep on interior D-lineman Akiem Hicks. The big man should have his way with the Packers in the trenches, and should be able to really pester Rodgers to limit his time and space in the pocket.
While Rodgers is elite and likely the best QB in the game, his receiving weapons aren’t the best. Rodgers makes his receivers a lot better, as time has shown. Jimmy Graham is old, Randall Cobb seems ready for a new team, and while Davante Adams remains the top target – the Bears have an excellent secondary that should stifle a lot of what Green Bay tries to run through the air. Roquan Smith was Chicago’s first-rounder this spring, and the talented rookie linebacker should also play a key role at stuffing the run and blitzing.
For Chicago’s offense, under Matt Nagy expect a much more fluid attack. John Fox was an awful coach and truly held the Bears back. It’s time for some positive change in the Windy City, and I’m expecting second-year quarterback Mitchell Trubisky to do some good things on Sunday night.
The Packers were brutal last year against the pass, and still have an atrocious group of linebackers. Jake Ryan is already out for the year for Green Bay, and look for the Bears to try and take advantage. Jordan Howard and Tarik Cohen will be called on regularly on short screen passes, and both of those backs are shifty and elusive in open field situations. In long-ball scenarios, Trubisky can air it out with confidence to Allen Robinson. The talented receiver should get some mismatches against Green Bay.
This line has steadily dropped and I agree with the movement. It’s just too many points for Green Bay to be laying here in a Week 1 situation against arguably the most-improved team in the NFL. Green Bay also has Minnesota on-deck so this could be a bit of lookahead spot for the Packers, and I think Chicago can catch them off-guard here. These aren’t the old Bears and look for them to prove it Sunday evening at Lambeau. Chicago might not get the outright win, but I think they show the football world how talented they can be and keep things tight.
PICK = Bears +7 (-110)