Green Bay Packers (13-5) at Chicago Bears (5-11)
|Date & Time||Sunday September 13, 2015, 1:00 PM (EDT)|
|Location||Unknown Location Unknown Address|
The Line: Chicago Bears +6.5 -- Over/Under: 50
The Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears play Sunday afternoon at Soldier Field.
The Green Bay Packers have made the playoffs each season since 2009 and enter this year as Super Bowl contenders. The Packers are banged up at wide receiver with injuries to Randall Cobb and Jordy Nelson, but I’m not sure that matters much when Aaron Rodgers is at quarterback. Rodgers has topped 30 touchdowns in three of his last four seasons and can make most receivers successful. Davante Adams is somebody who could quickly become a star in Green Bay. Green Bay will also have a healthy running back in Eddie Lacy for once. Defensively, the Packers were 15th in total yards allowed last season and 13th in scoring defense. Getting B.J. Raji back on the defensive line should help the Packers, while Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and Casey Hayward continue to improve with another season under their belt.
The Chicago Bears haven’t made the playoffs since 2011 and the fanbase has to be getting a little impatient. The Bears once again have an offense that should be able to put up points with Matt Forte and Alshon Jeffery, but it all comes down to which Jay Cutler Chicago gets. Cutler has thrown 30 picks in his last two seasons and has fumbled 20 times in his last three years. The addition of Eddie Royal also helps Chicago, especially with the shin injury to rookie wide receiver Kevin White. Defensively, the Chicago Bears ranked 30th last year in total yards allowed and 31st in scoring defense. The Bears have some solid talent to help turn their defense around with guys such as Kyle Fuller, Antrel Rolle and Jared Allen.
The Packers are 38-17 ATS in their last 55 vs. NFC North and 2-6-1 ATS in their last 9 games in September. The Bears are 4-9 ATS in their last 13 games on grass and 7-18-1 ATS in their last 26 home games. The Packers are 16-5 ATS in their last 21 meetings in Chicago and 21-8-1 ATS in their last 30 meetings overall.
This is supposed to be a rivalry, but the Packers have beaten the Bears in nine of their last 10 meetings, including two blowouts last season. Banged up offense or not, I don't see the results changing as long as Rodgers is at QB. I expect the Packers to win this game and cover the spread as long as it remains just under a touchdown.