It has certainly been quite the rapid demise for the Green Bay Packers since the loss of their star quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Their offense has looked punchless since he was lost for the season, and the replacement QB Brett Hundley seems like he’d be overmatched in the CFL – let alone the NFL right now. This week, he’ll get no reprieve as he takes on a surprisingly talented and ferocious Chicago Bears defense.
Chicago enters this rivalry showdown as favourites for the first time in almost nine years – a staggering stat. The tide has turned and with Chicago’s improved play all around the field, they are sensing a real opportunity to climb back into the playoff hunt. Though they’re sitting at just 3-5, a win over Green Bay at home can draw them even with the Packers and have them within range in the competitive NFC North division.
It is always fun when these two squads square off, and with the Bears finally possessing the upper hand, it will be fascinating to watch the dynamic. You can bet they’ll be fired up in the Windy City, and as always we’ll have you covered with your betting needs. Read on below the odds for a full game analysis and a betting prediction for Bears/Packers.
Packers vs. Bears Betting Odds:
Green Bay Packers +4 (-115)
@ Chicago Bears -4 (-105)
Over 38 (-110)
Under 38 (-110)
Betting odds provided by Bovada.lv
Packers vs. Bears Pick:
Brett Hundley does not look like an NFL quarterback and though it isn’t fair to blame all of the Packers’ recent struggles on him – he clearly isn’t good enough to cover up the rest of his team’s major flaws. He did however show some concerning traits against the Lions last week, and though he didn’t pay for it – the Bears possess a much better stop unit and one that will show no mercy. Hundley hasn’t even taken on a defence the calibre of Chicago’s, and their ball-hawking secondary should be licking their lips getting ready to face the Green Bay offense. I foresee Hundley facing a ton of pressure – especially if Bryan Bulaga is out, and him being forced into many unfavourable situations. Turnovers could kill the Packers in this one.
I doubt the Bears will show Hundley any respect, because they frankly do not need to. He can’t beat them downfield in their secondary, so expect Chicago to load the box and focus on taking away and stifling the running game. Aaron Jones and Ty Montgomery are a decent two-headed attack and Chicago has struggled at times to fully stop the run game. Still however, with a loaded box there won’t be much room to run behind a depleted offensive line.
The Packers defensively looked lost on Monday evening. Their secondary is a joke at the moment, and the Lions had no problem moving the chains. Right now, the defense is just awful and unlike when Rodgers was around – Brett Hundley cannot bail them out over and over again. And though the Bears don’t possess many talented receivers – it may not matter. Mitch Trubisky has looked promising in his first few starts and should be able to continually expose Green Bay.
Where the Bears will really hold the advantage however is with the run game and Jordan Howard. Look for Chicago to be able to establish this early, and that should only further open things up downfield. Even though the Bears’ attack isn’t that great – expect the Packers to make them look a lot better than they are in Week 10.
I can’t see the Packers being competitive in this one. Brett Hundley cannot outscore his defense, and Brett Hundley cannot lead an offense to score. Without Morgan Burnett and Bryan Bulaga, the Packers are just too banged up to keep this contest close. They’ll fall out of the playoff race shortly, as the Bears vault them and show the rest of the NFL their defense is for real.
PICK = Bears -4 (-105)