The Green Bay Packers will visit Soldier Field looking for a season sweep of the fading Chicago Bears. Scheduled for a 12 pm CST (1 pm EST) kickoff this game will air on FOX as the stations game of the week.
What is the line or points spread for the Packers and Bears game? The Packers are 3 point favorites against the Bears. The over/under for this game is set at 43 points which places it on the low end of over/under lines for the week.
Five games ago the Chicago Bears were 7-1 and talking about wrapping up the NFC North. After losing four of their last five, including a loss to Minnesota last week, the Bears are now clinging to a Wild Card spot.
Green Bay has began to turn it on of late with wins is six of their last seven games. The Packers have also won the last two contests at Soldier Field.
|Avg Points Allowed||21.5||16.8|
The Bears will start Jay Cutler on Sunday despite a mild knee sprain. For the Bears this is not a must win but it is as close as it gets. Brandon Marshall, leads the NFL with 101 receptions, figures to targeted much of the afternoon.
When Chicago was winning early in the season a big part was the turnovers and subsequent points scored by the defense. Both of those numbers have slowed down during their recent slide and with linebacker Brian Urlacher out for this game the Packers figure to test Nick Roach. Cornerbacker Tim Jennings is hopeful that he will be able to play.
The Packers are winning but it has not been great on the stat sheet for quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Rodgers has 4 touchdowns and 3 interceptions in the teams last four games while averaging 228.5 yards per game. Alex Smith has 127 yards rushing in the last two Packer games. Green Bay has struggled with injuries at the tailback position all season.
One player who will be back for the Packers is Clay Matthews. His return figures to be a boost for a team which allowed 23 points per game in his absence. In fairness the Packers allowed only 18 points per game in their three wins without Matthews compared to the 38 they allowed in the loss against the New York Giants.
And all this is before we get into the recent name calling between Lance Briggs and Jermichael Finely.