Packers versus Bears: Green and Bear it, and bet on NFL

August 30th, 2019 NFL Football

Fans who bet on NFL, even those of the Japanese-Packers persuasion, are aware that they may not have a chance to place NFL playoff bets on their beloved team. Their cries of “betting games for football!” will go unheeded, and not just because it’s a nonsensical, English-as-a-second-language thing to say. It has gotten to the point that the hated Chicago Bears are actually six-point favorites over the Packers. These sure aren’t the same Packers that won and covered against the Bears in week 4, nor are the Bears the same either.

  • Date: Sunday, 12th November
  • Time: 1:05 PM
  • Venue: Soldier Field

Online Sportsbook Odds:

Packers +6 (-117) 38 (-110) +207

Bears -6 (-103) 38 (-110) -250

The Packers’ hopes were as short-lived as Aaron’s Way

Green Bay is 0-3 SU and ATS, and have been outscored 79-44, in three games, two of which were played at Lambeau Field, without Aaron Rodgers, including a 17-30 loss to a team the Packers, who were coming from a an extra week of rest, had beaten at home 24 times in the past 25 years, in which Green Bay gained 311 yards against the Lions, though 75 came in garbage time, so it was more like 236. Needless to say, pessimism abounds, with at least one sportswriter – not Wisconsin-based mind you – suggesting the Packers take the chance to tank and getting a high draft pick while still holding on to Rodgers.

Head coach Mike McCarthy, however, is not about to take a dive. “We all need to do better,” he said. “We had an injury to Aaron Rodgers, and nobody has stepped up.” Right about now, though, history is the only thing in the Packs’ favor, though it did them little good against the Lions, as people who bet on NFL know. Green Bay is 7-1 SU and 6-2 ATS in their last eight games against the Chicago Bears.

Trubisky on Trubisky

We know that an entire bye week of first team reps didn’t transform GBQB Brett Hundley into a force to be reckoned with (guess training montages only work in Karate Kid-style movies), but has the Bears’ time off benefited their own signal-caller? Tru reportedly spent last week watching each and every one of his passes from his four starts, probably more than once, what with him having attempted just 80 throws. If, say, Tom Brady’s Greatest Hits is a three-album compilation, Trubisky’s is more like The Best the Ramones.

Matt Strafford’s performance

Which probably left him enough time to watch Matt Strafford’s performance against the Packers, and hopefully he did, “because the Lions quarterback provided the cheat codes” to beating the Green Bay Packers. Including the Konami Code for unlimited lives? The Bears have been money for people who bet on NFL, going are 4-0 ATS in their last four home games and 6-1 ATS in their last seven in November, as well as 5-1 ATS in their last six after an ATS loss and 4-1 ATS in their last five after an SU loss.

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