Long time rivals, the Chicago Bears and Green Packers kick off the 2015 NFL campaigns on Fox this Sunday, Sept 13th at 1:00 PM from Soldier Field. Cord-cutters can stream the game live thanks to Fox Sports Go.
The 6.5-point road favorite Packers are a top Super Bowl 50 pick while the Bears are a long-shot to even make the post season. The game total is set at a sky hight 50 points. Which is understandable since defense is neither teams strong suit. Betting the over on this game maybe a fool’s errand especially with injuries to big play makers on both squads.
Packers’ wide receiver Jordy Nelson out for the season with a busted knee and Randall Cobb dealing with a minor shoulder injury. For the Bears Kevin White is out for the season as well. Alshon Jeffery, Eddie Royal, and Marquess Wilson are banged up. The later two are likely to start while Jeffery is a big question mark.
Head-coach Mike McCarthy opened is foot-sized mouth infront of a group of season-ticket holders last week. He proclaimed his Packers were going to “kick Chicago’s ass.”
— ESPN First Take (@FirstTake) September 8, 2015
— ESPN (@espn) September 8, 2015
McCarthy joked “I lost my composure,” but otherwise didn’t back down far.
“To me, it’s the reality of the rivalry,” McCarthy said. “I mean, let’s be real here. We’re not going down there to play hopscotch.”
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
An In-Depth Look At The Green Bay Packers at Chicago Bears NFL Week 1 Odds, Free 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
The Packers have dominated the Bears over the past few matchups. That includes two wins last season. Green Bay destroyed Chicago at Soldier Field 38-17 in week four and 55-14 at Lambeau Field in week 10. They covered the NFL betting spread both times.
Aaron Rodgers threw over 300 yards in each of the two 2014 games versus the Bears. Over the two games he threw for ten touchdowns and zero interceptions. He’s 11-3 against Chicago on his career, with 31 touchdowns and eight interceptions.
Aaron Rodgers Most Pass TD by Receiver – Career Jordy Nelson 45 Greg Jennings 38 James Jones 33 https://t.co/HaHLtaUjuo
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) September 7, 2015
Green Bay ranked 5th in total offense, 8th in passing and 11th rushing the football last season. Rodgers threw for 4381 yards, 38 TDs, and just five INTs, posting an 112.2 passer rating.
Eddie Lacy led all Packers tailbacks with a whopping 1139 rushing yards and 9 TDs. WR Jordy Nelson (1519 yards, 13 TDs) and WR Randall Cobb (1287 yards, 12 TDs) were Rodgers main targets in 2014. With Nelson out Cobb will be the top target down the field and sophomore WR Devante Adams will line up across from him. The Packers brain-trust brought former Packer WR James Jones back into the fold to help Rodgers.
|Green Bay Packers|
|2014 Offensive Leaders||2014 Defensive Leaders|
|QB Aaron Rodgers (4381 yds, 38 TDs, 5 INTs)||S Morgan Burnett (129 tackles)|
|RB Eddie Lacy (1139 yds, 9 TDs)||CB Casey Hayward (3 INTs)|
|WR Jordy Nelson (1519 yds, 13 TDs)||LB Clay Matthews (11.0 sacks)|
Big contract QB Jay Cutler has been a dud against the Packers his whole career. He has 1-10 all-time record against the Bears’ NFC North rival while tossing a whopping 19 INTs. He threw three touchdowns passes and four interceptions in both losses last season.
Chicago’s offense ranked 21st in the league last season. They were 16th at passing, and 27th rushing. Cutler threw for 3812 yards, 28 touchdowns, and 18 interceptions. Combine that with a not so impressive 88.6 passer rating and you get the idea.
Perennial stud rusher Matt Forte has been the lynch pin for this offense for years and it was the same last year. He ran for 1038 yards and 6 TDs and caught the ball for 808 yards and four scores.
— FOX Sports: NFL (@NFLonFOX) September 8, 2015
WR Alshon Jeffery was targeted 145 times for 1133 yards and 10 TDs, leading the Bears in that department. He is questionable for this matchup. TE Martellus Bennett was the second most productive pass catcher for the Bears with 916 yards and 6 TDs. Chicago traded former Pro-Bowl WR Brandon Marshall (721 yards, 8 TDs) to the New York Jets.
|2014 Offensive Leaders||2014 Defensive Leaders|
|QB Jay Cutler (3812 yds, 28 TDs, 18 INTs)||S Ryan Mundy (103 tackles)|
|RB Matt Forte (1038 yds, 6 TDs)||CB Kyle Fuller (4 INTs)|
|WR Alshon Jeffery (1133 yds, 10 TDs)||LB Willie Young (10.5 sacks)|
The Packers defense ranked 15th last season. 10th against the pass and a disappointing 23rd against the run. They forced 27 takeaways, tied 8th best in the NFL. The usual staunch Bears defense took a nose dive. they were ranked 30th in the league. 30th against the pass and 17th at stopping the run. They had 24 takeaways (20th) last season but with 29 giveaways they netted -5 turnovers.
Gruden on Bears: "They have a lot to prove on defense in Year 1 under John Fox." http://t.co/U5DiQksPZZ
— ESPN Monday Night (@ESPNMondayNight) September 6, 2015
Green Bay has won nine of their last ten meetings against Chicago and has covered the spread in eight of those ten games, including the last three in a row.
The Packers are 10-4-1 ATS in their last 15 games as a favorite, 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games as a road favorite, 38-17 ATS in their last 55 vs. NFC North, 37-17-1 ATS in their last 55 games on grass, but 2-6-1 ATS in their last 9 games in September.
The Bears are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games as an underdog, 1-7 ATS in their last 8 games as a home underdog, 7-18-1 ATS in their last 26 home games,
10-23 ATS in their last 33 vs. NFC, 4-11 ATS in their last 15 vs. NFC North, and 4-9 ATS in their last 13 games on grass.
I am picking the Packers at -6.5 to beat the Bears as the smart bet in this matchup. The NFL betting public is on board as well with 66% of the money backing the Cheeseheads. My final score prediciton is Green Bay 28, Chicago 20.
— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) September 2, 2015
Players Out or Doubtful:
- Green Bay: Letroy Guion, Datone Jones
- Chicago: Alshon Jeffery, Jeremiah Ratliff