Green Bay Packers at Chicago Bears- 9/13/15 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Green Bay Packers (13-5) at Chicago Bears (5-11)
NFL Football: Sunday, September 13, 2015 at 1:00 pm (Soldier Field)
The Line: Chicago Bears +3.5 -- Over/Under: 50 See the Latest Odds
The Packers begin life without Jordy Nelson on the road in a pivotal NFC North division show down in the Windy City against the Bears.
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The Green Bay Packers were co-favourites to win the Super Bowl this upcoming season but their quest took a serious blow in the preseason as star wide out Jordy Nelson went down with a knee injury that will sideline him for the entire 2015-16 NFL season. The Packers still though are in the mix as a contender as they are absolutely loaded with weapons and now with the aging James Jones back in the fold who returns to familiar company he could very well step up and fill the void left by Nelson. The pack still have the game's best quarterback in Aaron Rodgers, a lethal running back in Eddie Lacy, and a great group of receivers led by Randall Cobb so the Cheese Heads can breathe easy as they should still find success even without Jordy. The Pack head into Chicago to start the season and while the Bears are usually a tough out at home they will begin their transition season without Brandon Marshall and a handful of new faces on defense.
The Bears are coming off a woeful season and things didn't get much better during the off season as they lost Marshall and will be without 2015 first round draft pick Kevin White for the foreseeable future after he too sustained a preseason injury. The Bears will have to lean on Matt Forte even more this season and quarterback Jay Cutler will have to get creative through the air as teams are likely to double up on Alshon Jeffery which could lead to a massive season from tight end Martellus Bennett. Chicago though still needs to address some holes on the defensive side of the ball as they were ripped apart last season and starting off against a high octane attack like the Packers doesn't seem to be in their favour. Rodgers and the Packers should cruise here as Chicago, for the second straight season, loses their home opener.