At the onset of the 2019 season is a level of high anticipation in Green Bay. Matt LaFleur takes over as head coach after a terrible 2018 campaign. Mike McCarthy was fired last December by the Packers in in 13th season at the helm. First, it was obvious that McCarthy had run out of fresh ideas. Second, there were plenty of reports of friction between him and quarterback Aaron Rodgers. While Green Bay was imploding Chicago was a top bet on NFL surprise. Matt Nagy led the Bears to the NFC Central title in his first year on the job.
Green Bay Packers vs. Chicago Bears
Date and Time: Thursday, September 5, 2019, 8:25 p.m. ET
Location: Soldier Field, Chicago, Illinois
Odds at SBG:
|Packers||+3½ (-110)||45½ (-115)|
|Bears||-3½ (-110)||45½ (-105)|
Packers vs. Bears TV Coverage: NBC
Packers vs Bears Overview
Of great concern is Chicago’s bet on NFL success from last year. Cause by the Bears going 12-4 both straight up and with the spread. It was an astounding and unexpected reversal of fortune. Now teams that took Chicago lightly will be at full attention. Smart gamblers will be extra careful to avoid potential overlays on the Bears. Contrarily Green Bay was 6-9-1 both straight up and vs. the spread. Due to the new leadership is a wait and see approach for the Packers. Now that Rodgers has his new coach pressure will be high to produce.
Mr. Rodgers Neighborhood
Account of a massive contract and Hall of Fame numbers does Aaron Rodgers bring clout. Consequently, he rubs some teammates and fans the wrong way. Rodgers is considered aloof and entitled. Furthermore, he was portrayed as insubordinate in a long article published last spring about the fall of the McCarthy. Defense remains a perpetual worry for Green Bay. As does a running attack that failed to keep defenses honest.
Green Bay and Chicago Betting Trends
Late results as road dogs have not been good for the Packers. Green Bay has covered only one of their last eight games getting points on the road. Four of their last five in that role have gone over the offshore bookmaker total. By contrast the Bears have shown good value as a home chalk. Chicago has gotten the money in seven of their last eight laying points at Soldier Field. Six of their last nine in that situation have gone over the total.
Packers vs. Bears Head to Head with Spread
Last year the Bears covered both of their games against the Packers. Four of the last five in this head to head series cleared the total. Late results at Soldier Field have gone Chicago’s way. To show the Bears have paid in two of their last three home games with Green Bay. Five of the last six between these teams at Chicago soared over the total.
Matchup to Watch
In this situation the oldest NFL rivalry opens the season on NBC prime time. More emphatically there will be considerable Bet on NFL activity for this marquee matchup. Specifically, the Bears are the more proven team entering this contest.
Pacers vs. Bears Bet on NFL Picks
As mentioned earlier the Packers struggle as a road dog. Counter to that is the Bears success as a home chalk.
Packers vs. Bears Bet on NFL Pick: Chicago Bears
Packers vs. Bears Bet on NFL Score Prediction: Bears 27, Packers 20
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