Week 7 - Green Bay Packers vs. Chicago Bears

The 1-5 Chicago Bears travel to Green Bay to take on the 3-2 Packers this Thursday night with both teams coming off disappointing losses. Green Bay suffered a 30-16 home loss to the Dallas Cowboys stopping their 2 game win streak. The offense struggled as the Packers had only 2 field goals through the first 3 quarters. Chicago lost 17-16 to the Jaguars allowing Jacksonville to score all 17 of its points in the fourth quarter. The Bears have scored more than 17 points only once in the teams last 5 games. These two teams played in week 15 of last season with the Bears beating Green Bay 17-13.

The Packers had 4 turnovers in this game including an interception and a fumble from Aaron Rodgers. Rodgers finished 31-42 for 294 yards and a touchdown. His favorite target was Ty Montgomery who had 10 caches for 98 yards. Jordy Nelson also had a nice game with 68 yards on 5 catches. Eddy Lacy led the running game by racking up 65 of the teams 78 yards on 17 carries. Lacy has told head coach Mike McCarthy that he was very sore after the game and his status for this game is questionable. Through week 6 they have rushed for more than 100 yards in a game only twice. Defensively, they had no answer for the pass or the rush. On the ground, Ezekiel Elliot 157 yards on 28 carries. They also allowed 247 passing yards and 3 touchdowns. They did sack Dak Prescott twice for a loss of 14 yards and forced 2 turnovers.

Brian Hoyer had a very efficient game completing 30 of his 49 pass attempts for 302 yards and 0 interceptions but couldn’t find the end zone. This was his 4th consecutive game with at least 300 passing yards. His favorite target was Cameron Smith who had 113 yards on 11 catches. Alshon Jeffrey also had a nice game with 7 catches for 93 yards. K’adeem Carey led a balanced running game with 50 yards on 9 carries. Chicago did not commit a turnover and allowed Hoyer to get sacked only once for loss of 5 yards. Ironically, the Bears are 7th in total offense but 31st in scoring at only 16.8 points per game. Defensively, they did a great job shutting down the rush giving up only 54 yards on 24 carries. They forced Jacksonville into 2 turnovers with a fumble recovery and an interception. They also had 2 sacks and 2 tackles for losses.

The Bears are 1-5 against the spread this season including 0-3 on the road. Green Bay is 1-3-1 against the spread including 0-2-1 as the favorite. The Packers are favored by 8 points in this game despite not having won a game yet this season by more than 7 points. Both of the Bears wins have been at home this season and they have played more consistently on offense.

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