Aaron Rodgers, Eddie Lacey and the Green Bay Packers are 6.5-point favorites when they face Jay Cutler, Matt Forte and the Chicago Bears in NFL Week 1 betting action. The game kicks off on Sunday, Sept. 13th, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. ET from Soldier Field. For you cord cutters, the game will stream live on Fox Sports Go and will be televised nationally on FOX.
— ESPN (@espn) September 2, 2015
Analyzing The Green Bay Packers at Chicago Bears Spread, My ATS Pick & How To Watch
Matchup: Green Bay Packers at Chicago Bears
Date: Sunday, Sept. 13th, 2015
Start Time: 1:00 p.m. ET
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Stadium: Soldier Field
Spread: Packers -6.5
Game Total: 49.5
TV Info: FOX
Stream: Fox Sports Go
Radio: Green Bay Vs Chicago
Why Bet On Green Bay (-6) To Beat Chicago
No Jordy Nelson? No Problem.
Even without WR Jordy Nelson, who is out for the season, the offense looks plenty dangerous to put up close to 30 points a game in Green Bay. Green Bay’s future hall of fame QB Aaron Rodgers still has a bevy of weapons to throw the football too. WR Randall Cobb got a huge contract during the off-season. Although he’s listed as probable for this game, there’s no doubt that he’ll play. The versatile Cobb can run from the backfield as well as play the all-important slot position. Rodgers and Cobb have a great rapport.
Filling in for Nelson is likely to be Devonte Adams. Adams and Rogers hooked up a few times last season. Rodgers is so good that you could pretty much put anybody in there at wide receiver and he’ll find a way to get a pass to that person. What should help Rodgers and the wide receivers is an emphasis on the rushing attack. Eddie Lacey will provide that. A hot commodity in fantasy football drafts, Lacey is a good bet to get over 1,000 yards rushing and at least 10 TDs this season.
Out or doubtful for the Packers: Letroy Guion, Datone Jones
Betting Trends Related To This Matchup:
- Chicago Bears 3-5 At Home since last season
- Green Bay Packers 8-5-1 As Favorite since last season
- Chicago Bears 5-7 As Underdog or PK since last season
- Green Bay Packers 5-2 When Line was 48.5 to 51.5 since last season
- Chicago Bears 1-3 As Home Underdog since last season
- Green Bay Packers 12-6 O-U All Games since last season
- Chicago Bears 6-10 O-U All Games since last season
- Green Bay Packers 5-4 O-U On Road since last season
- Chicago Bears 2-6 O-U At Home since last season
- Green Bay Packers 7-6 O-U When Line is >48 since last season
- Chicago Bears 4-3 O-U When Line is >48 since last season
- Green Bay Packers 3-3 O-U When Line was 48.5 to 51.5 since last season
- Chicago Bears 3-1 O-U When Line was 48.5 to 51.5 since last season
Why Bet On Chicago To Beat Green Bay (-6)
Can New Head-Coach John Fox Make Cutler Elite?
John Fox led the Carolina Panthers to the 2005 Super Bowl where they almost upset the heavily favored New England Patriots. Fox also led the Denver Broncos to the 2014 Super Bowl. Did Peyton Manning have something to do with it? Sure, he did, but without Fox it’s doubtful that the defense that Denver Coach Gary Kubiak inherits would have been so good.
Fox is a master motivator and an excellent coach. That’s exactly what the Chicago Bears needed after suffering through the tenure of Marc Trestman. The great thing about Fox is that he’ll take away the emphasis on QB Jay Cutler being a leader. Cutler doesn’t have to lead this team because John Fox will. Fox’s brand of football has already taken hold in Chicago.
Jon Gruden: Jay Cutler needs to win over Chicago http://t.co/9cX7ksEce2
— Jeff Dickerson (@DickersonESPN) September 3, 2015
The Bears have looked excellent during the pre-season. Save for a 10 to 21 loss to Cincinnati, a team that had to break out eventually after looking like crap in their first 2 games of the pre-season, Chicago has rolled. They beat Miami 27 to 10 and Indianapolis 23 to 11. Even in the final pre-season game against Cleveland, Fox didn’t let up. His bench players beat the Browns 24 to 0.
Out or doubtful for the Bears: Jeremiah Ratliff
The NFL betting spread for Green Bay vs Chicago opened with the Packers as 5-point favorites. Since then, almost 65% of the public has bet on the Packers to win, pushing the spread to 6.5.
With Fox now the man in Chicago, the Bears are going to play their rivals with much more enthusiasm. I like Green Bay to win, but this game is going to be close. My final score prediction is Green Bay 27, Chicago 24.