The Green Bay Packers are heating up at the right time and Santa is giving them a very favorable matchup versus the Chicago Bears this Sunday. The NFL Week 15 Green Bay Vs Chicago line favors the Packers by 6.5-points. Kick-off is this Sunday, December 18 at 1:00 PM ET on FOX from the Soldier Field, in Chicago, Illinois.
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The Packers have won three in a row which is the same number of games the Bears have won all season. While this game won’t live up to the glory of years past, a cold weather game at Soldier Field is tradition. Frigid temperatures are forecast along Lake Michigan with highs expected to be at or near 0 degrees Fahrenheit at kickoff.
Green Bay Packers at Chicago Bears NFL Week 15 Line, Pick & How To Watch
What: Green Bay Packers (7-6) vs Chicago Bears (3-10)
When: Sunday, December 18, 2016
Start Time: 1:00 PM ET
Where: Chicago, IL
Stadium: Soldier Field
Spread: Packers -6.5
Moneyline: Green Bay -330 vs Chicago +270
Game Total: 40.5
Watch: FOX Sports
Stream: Fox Sports Go
Listen: Green Bay vs Chicago
Why Bet The Green Bay Packers To Beat The Bears
The Packers have three in a row, including a 38-10 upset over the Seattle Seahawks last week. They are 7-6 SU and 6-6-1 ATS this season. They average 25.6 points per game (7th) and allow 24.0 points per game (21st).
Green Bay averages 259.3 passing yards per game (10th). QB Aaron Rodgers (3529 yards, 32 TDs & 7 INTs) has been flawless in the last three wins of the team. He has thrown seven touchdowns and zero interceptions in the last three games. Questions swirled about a calf injury that forced him to miss practice this week.
“Game-plan-wise, his comments were, ‘Don’t hold anything back,'” Packers coach Mike McCarthy said.
WR Jordy Nelson (75 rec, 913 yards, 12 TDs) is quietly having one of the most productive seasons of his career. His 12 TDs are the third-highest of his career, so far. The Packers average 98.6 rushing yards per game (22nd). WR/RB Ty Montgomery (44 car, 228 yards, 1 TD) is currently the leading rusher on the team. He had 41 yards and a touchdown on nine carries against the Seahawks last week.
The Packers have the 13th-ranked total defense in the NFL. They allow 251.0 passing yards per game (19th) and 96.2 rushing yards (9th). Morgan Burnett has 78 tackles, and Nick Perry has 8.0 sacks.
Why Bet The Chicago Bears To Beat The Packers
The Chicago Bears has lost four of five. They are 3-10 SU this season and 6-7 ATS. They average 17.0 points per game (30th) and give up 22.3 points per game (15th).
The Bears average 242.8 passing yards per game (17th). QB Matt Barkley (801 yards, 4 TDs & 4 INTs) is a former USC standout who will make his fourth consecutive start in place of injured teammates Jay Cutler and Brian Hoyer. In his past three games, Barkley has passed for four touchdowns and two interceptions.
“The young man has continued to impress me,” Bears head coach John Fox said. “He’s been thrown in on the road in Green Bay. He came in and started with a week’s work and performed well [against the Titans]. The conditions he played in a week ago [against the 49ers], even though it was at home, it was still tough conditions for a quarterback or anybody that handles the ball. And then really to come here on the road against a good football team in a loud environment, I just continue to be impressed by the kid’s performance.”
Barkley has been burned by dropped passes in recent weeks, but this time around he will have a Pro Bowl playmaker in his ranks. WR Alshon Jeffery (40 rec, 630 yards, 1 TD) will return to action after a four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing substances. He will team up with WR Cameron Meredith (44 rec, 588 yards, 3 TDs) who has been Barkley’s number one target over the past three weeks. The Bears average 101.3 rushing yards per game (20th). RB Jordan Howard (194 car, 969 yards, 5 TDs) ran for 86 yards on 13 carries against the Lions last week.
The Bears have the 7th-ranked total defense in the NFL. They give up 219.0 passing yards per game (6th) and 107.1 rushing yards per game (19th). Jerrell Freeman has 91 tackles and Willie Young has 7.5 sacks.
If You Still Can’t Decide Who To Bet On:
- Green Bay is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
- Green Bay is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road
- Green Bay is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Chicago
- Green Bay is 11-2 SU in its last 13 games when playing Chicago
- Chicago is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games
- Chicago is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
- Chicago is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Green Bay
- Chicago is 2-11 SU in its last 13 games when playing Green Bay
Green Bay Packers at Chicago Bears Pick & Final Score Prediction
Rodgers and the Packers will go for their fourth win in a row on Sunday afternoon when they visit the Chicago Bears at a cold Soldier Field.
Chicago clings to a 94-93-6 series lead entering Sunday’s 194th meeting. Green Bay leads in points scored — barely — 3,305 to 3,304. Fortunes have been one-sided recently. Green Bay has won 13 of 16 meetings since 2009, including the NFC Championship Game during the 2010 season. The Packers have won six games in a row at Soldier Field and will try to make it seven this weekend.
I fully expect the Packers to cover the betting line — and tie the all-time regular-season series with the Bears at 94-94-6.
My final score prediction is Green Bay 17, Chicago 10.