A key all-NFC Sunday night showdown will unfold to cap off the weekend slate of Week 12 action as the Chicago Bears head to Lambeau Field to take on the Green Bay Packers in a battle for divisional supremacy. With the Bears entering at 5-5, and the Packers at 7-3, it’s obvious that this game will have heavy playoff implications down the line.
Green Bay enters this clash with a bitter taste in their mouths, following an epic collapse last week in the second half vs. Indianapolis. Their offense dried up significantly, while their defense continually got gashed. Now as they prepare for a bitter foe, it doesn’t help that they’re battling their fair share of injuries.
For Chicago, they enter rested and mostly healthy coming in off of their bye week. Mitchell Trubisky will be replacing Nick Foles, and given how bad Foles has been of late – that is likely an upgrade. For the Bears to have success in the second-half of the season, they need their offense to step up and be competitive. Right now, it’s just not good enough.
Regardless of those struggles, it’s always special when it is the Bears vs. Packers with a divisional crown at stake. Will the Packers avoid another letdown and exert their will over their rivals? Or can the revamped Bears show that the gap between these teams is quickly narrowing? As always, read on beneath the posted odds for betting analysis and a winning wager to close out your Sunday evening.
Chicago Bears vs. Green Bay Packers Betting Odds:
Chicago Bears +8 (-110)
@ Green Bay Packers -8 (-110)
Over 44.5 (-110)
Under 44.5 (-110)
*Betting odds provided by BetOnline.ag
Chicago Bears vs. Green Bay Packers Pick:
One big boost for Green Bay entering this pivotal Week 12 showdown will be the fact that although they’re banged up, the Bears will likely be without their most influential player on the defensive side of the ball – Akiem Hicks. Without Hicks, the Bears could struggle to generate pressure and stuff the ground attack from Aaron Jones and Jamaal Williams.
Aaron Rodgers meanwhile has still put together a thoroughly impressive season, and though the Bears might trouble him in the secondary, his rapport right now with Davante Adams is unmatched. Add in the fact that Allen Lazard has returned to the fold, and the Packers’ attack through the air will keep the Bears’ defense on their toes.
While Chicago might do well to keep Green Bay somewhat limited, it’s impossible to do that for 60 minutes – they’re going to need some offense of their own. Whether or not that’s feasible however will remain to be seen. The swap back to Trubisky has been made, but it’s unlikely to make much difference.
Green Bay boasts a solid passing defense, and the manner in which they get beat, isn’t an area where the Bears can take advantage. The Packers are vulnerable against opposing rushers, but Chicago doesn’t really have a viable option to run over Green Bay with.
With both teams banged up, the Packers clearly possess the better depth and should be able to take full advantage of the Akiem Hicks absence. Green Bay are the better team and the rust from Trubisky could make him even worse. It’s a big number, but look for the Packers to blow out their rival Bears and put a stamp on the NFC North.