Green Bay Packers (7-6) at Chicago Bears (3-10)
|Date & Time||Sunday December 18, 2016, 1:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Chicago Bears +4 -- Over/Under: 44
Coming up on Sunday, December 18 from Soldier Field, we’ve got an NFC North battle in the NFL’s Week 15 between the Green Bay Packers and the Chicago Bears.
The Packers are entering play here with a 7-6 record on the year. Green Bay is on a three-game win streak, however, following a 38-10 trouncing of Seattle this past Sunday. In that one, Packers QB Aaron Rodgers tossed for 246 yards and three touchdowns.
On the season for the Packers, Rodgers holds 3529 yards with 32 touchdowns and seven picks, while RB Eddie Lacy is still atop the RB rankings on 360 yards from 71 carries. Jordy Nelson is Green Bay’s top receiver this year with 913 yards on 75 receptions with 12 touchdowns.
Over on the Bears’ side, they’re limping in with a 3-10 record on the season. Chicago has lost four of their last five games, including Sunday’s 20-17 defeat at the hands of the Lions. In that game, Bears QB Matt Barkley went 20-of-32 for 212 yards and one TD.
So far this year, Brian Hoyer still leads the QB rankings for the Bears with 1445 yards and six touchdowns, while Jordan Howard is sitting on 969 yards with five scores on 194 attempts on the ground. Alshon Jeffery is gone for the year, but still leads the Bears on 40 receptions for 630 yards and one score.
The Packers are 7-1 ATS in their last eight games in December, and 4-1 ATS in their last five against the NFC. Green Bay is also 5-2 ATS in their last seven games in Week 15, and 43-21 ATS in their last 64 versus the NFC North.
Meanwhile, the Bears are 4-0 ATS in their last four games following a straight-up loss, and 4-0 ATS in their last four games overall. Chicago is also 4-1 ATS in their last five against the NFC and 4-1 ATS in their last five home games.
The big concern here is the status of Aaron Rodgers, who was limping badly in the late stages of the Seahawks game. Rodgers isn’t going to miss any time, but he will be hobbled and not as mobile as usual. Seeing as how Rodgers is the only consistent part of the Green Bay offense these days, that’s something of a problem. Still, I think the Packers can limp to a victory and a cover here.