Chicago Bears vs. Green Bay Packers Betting Odds Preview - NFL Week 2
NFL fans will be watching the Green Bay Packers host the Chicago Bears, for the Thursday night game of Week Two, waiting to see if Green Bay really is as good as preseason predictions foretold after they took a beating from the 49ers in Week One. The Bears will roll into Lambeau Field after whooping Indianapolis 41-21 last weekend. This is a division game and the first of two games between these teams this season. Chicago and Green Bay are likely the top two teams in the NFC North (with Detroit a potential challenger depending on their performance this week against San Francisco).
In Week One Jay Cutler and the Bears did what they needed to do to inspire confidence, they blew away Indianapolis. Cutler had 333 yards passing making 2 TDs with only one interception. Bears Pro Bowl running back Matt Forte had 80 yards and a TD, proving that Chicago also has a running game. What really killed the Colts was losing two fumbles and giving up three interceptions; clearly the Bears’ defense was also up to the challenge. Green Bay faced the 49ers in Week One, this game was widely believed to be a NFC Championship preview; and if so, the future is not promising for Green Bay. The 49ers controlled the lead through the entire game making Green Bay look like they simply were not ready for the 49ers. The upside of the game for the Packers is that Aaron Rogers threw for 303 yards and 2 TDs with only one interception. Also, Rogers distributed the passing to five different receivers and showed that the Packers will have a tremendous passing game this year. The Packers had only 18 yards on 9 carries from Cedric Benson and had a running back on the field for only half of their offensive plays last week.
Last season Green Bay beat Chicago twice, once 27-17 and the second time 35-21. Some things have changed this year. The QB battle still belongs to Rogers and his receivers, but the Bears’ secondary will still be a challenge. Also, Green Bay receiver Greg Jennings is highly questionable for Thursday after hurting his groin in last week’s game. The running battle now favors Chicago as the 49ers seemed to run with ease last week and Chicago’s Matt Forte has been productive. Cedric Benson and the Packer’s running game has not proven anything. Defensively give Chicago the edge. Both teams have a short week but Chicago’s defense was on the field far less than Green Bay’s in Week One, plus Chicago had an easier opponent. Chicago will be more rested and Green Bay’s secondary seemed lax against San Francisco.
The over/under for this game is 51 points. Historically these teams have only gone this high once in the past five years. Given the competitiveness and Week One performances of these two teams the under bet would be more likely here. The point spread is 6 points which seems reasonable, expect a close game, it’s hard to predict the spread here. Green Bay is favored to win which would be fair to question. The Bears need to take a cue from San Francisco and get pressure on Aaron Rogers. If the pressure comes, and without Jennings, the Green Bay offense is diminished and beatable.
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