The NFL regular season is coming to a close and a lot is on the line in Week 17. Sixteen games will be up on the board throughout January 3. One of the big games on the board will be between the Green Bay Packers and the Chicago Bears. These two teams have a lot on the line coming into the final week of the season. This game will kick off at around 4:25 PM Eastern time.
Green Bay has put up a record of 12-3 throughout this season, which has them in the top spot of the NFC. The Packers need a win this week though if they want to clinch the first round bye. Green Bay will look to finish this season out with their sixth straight win to clinch out that bye. If the Packers can come out strong in this one, they should be able to earn that bye.
The Bears have earned a record of 8-7 so far this season, which has them sitting in the final Wild Card spot. The Cardinals are right behind Chicago for that final wild card spot and will have a chance to jump them if the Bears lose. Chicago has won three games in a row after losing six games in a row. The Bears will look to finish out strong to sneak into the postseason.
These two teams have earned solid records throughout this season and have playoff seeding on the line in this one. Chicago needs a win to secure a playoff spot this season, while the Packers need to win to guarantee that first round bye. Green Bay has a little less on the line in this one, but they will be playing their starters, which will give them the edge.
The Packers and the Bears met up once this season in Week 12. Mitchell Trubisky had three passing touchdowns on the day, including two to Allen Robison. Aaron Rodgers finished with four touchdown passes. Preston Smith had a fumble return for a touchdown, but Jamaal Williams had a rushing touchdown. Green Bay finished with a 41-25 win at home.
Green Bay met up with the Tennessee Titans in Week 16. Ryan Tannehill had a passing touchdown and a rushing touchdown, but that was all the offense Tennessee could get going. Aaron Rodgers had four passing touchdowns, while Davante Adams had three passing touchdowns. A.J. Dillon had two rushing touchdowns. The Packers were able to dominate start to finish for a 40-14 win.
The Bears faced off against the Jacksonville Jaguars last week. Mike Glennon had two passing touchdowns on the day, but it was not enough for Jacksonville. Mitchell Trubisky had two passing touchdowns to Jimmy Graham and a rushing touchdown. David Montgomery and Artavis Pierce both had a rushing touchdown as Chicago finished with a 41-17 win.
These two teams are coming off dominant wins in Week 16, which they will look to carry momentum over from. Green Bay was able to move the ball with ease through the air, while Chicago rushed all over the Jaguars. The Packers will look to dominate the Bears defense again like they did in Week 12. Trubisky will need to have another good performance like he had against Green Bay earlier in the season.
Aaron Rodgers will get the nod again under center for the Packers. Rodgers has had an MVP Caliber season and will look to end it with a dominant performance against the Bears. He has thrown for 4059 yards, 44 touchdowns and 5 interceptions. Rodgers has also rushed for 145 yards and 3 touchdowns. Last week he went 21-25 for 231 yards, 4 touchdowns and 1 interception.
Mitchell Trubisky is back in the starting spot for the Bears after Nick Foles got benched. Trubisky has had a solid season in his starts going 6-2. He has thrown for 1803 yards, 16 touchdowns and 7 interceptions. Trubisky has also rushed for 173 yards and a touchdown. He went 24-35 for 265 yards, 3 total touchdowns and 1 interception in last week’s win.
The Packers have the clear edge at the Quarterback spot with Rodgers. Aaron Rodgers has had an MVP type season and if he has another strong performance in this one, it might be too much for Trubisky to keep up with. Trubisky will look to lean on his running game in this one, which means the Bears will need to do a better job on defense to control the pace of the game.
Offense vs Defense
Green Bay has been doing a great job on offense throughout this season and have been solid on defense. The Packers have scored 474 points, which is best in the NFL. Green Bay has gained 5908 yards of offense, which is 3rd in the league. The Packers have allowed opposing teams to score 353 points and 4988 yards, which is 16th and 7th in the NFL.
The Bears offense has struggled throughout this season, but their defense has picked up the slack at times. Chicago has scored 356 points and gained 4946 yards, which are 18th and 25th in the league. The Bears have only given up 335 points, which is 9th in the NFL. Chicago has also allowed their opponents to gain 5203 yards, which is 11th in the league.
The Packers offense has been almost unstoppable this season, while the Bears defense has been tough to break through on. Green Bay was able to move the ball and score easily in their first meeting against Chicago and will look to do so again. The Bears offense will need to do a better job putting together longer drives if they want to give their defense the breather they need in this one.
Chicago is coming off three straight wins and just need one more to clinch a postseason berth. The Packers are looking to earn the first round bye and are not going to just roll over against the Bears. I expect Green Bay to come out strong in this one as they look to close out Chicago quickly. If Rodgers can continue his strong season in this one, it should out away the Bears.
BetOnline has Green Bay listed as a -4 against the spread in this one, which gives a solid edge to the Packers. I expect Green Bay to come out strong in this one. If the Packers offense can come out strong in this one, they could break through on a tough Bears defense. Chicago’s offense has picked up their play, but if Green Bay can slow them down it should be enough.