The Green Bay Packers (4-1, 2-1 away) travel south to battle the Chicago Bears (3-2, 2-0 home) in the first of two meetings between these two NFC North rivals. A win for the Packers gives them a two-game cushion atop the standings, while a victory for the Bears would put them in the first place.
Sunday’s kickoff is at 1 p.m. EST inside Soldier Field in Chicago, IL. Green Bay is a 5-point road favorite, and the over-under total is currently at 44 points.
What to Know – Green Bay Packers
Green Bay’s offense looked out of sorts in the season-opener, but over their last four games, the Packers have averaged 29.3 points per game and won each contest. The Packers escaped Cincinnati with an overtime victory over the Bengals last weekend.
The Packers average 362.4 yards of offense per game, most of that total through the air. Veteran quarterback Aaron Rodgers is completing 65.6% of his passes with ten touchdowns and three interceptions.
Wide receiver Davante Adams has hauled in a team-high 42 receptions for 579 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Adams had a season-high 11 receptions for 206 yards in last week’s victory. Running back Aaron Jones has rushed for 309 yards and two touchdowns and added 132 yards and three touchdowns receiving.
The Packers are 4-1 against the spread this season and 4-1 ATS in their last five games against the Bears.
What to Know – Chicago Bears
Chicago started off the season dropping two of its first three contests with an uncertainty offensively of who should be the starter at quarterback. Since then, the Bears have won two in a row, and a win Sunday gives them a leg up on the Packers in the NFC North. Chicago is 2-0 this season at Soldier Field.
The Bears score 16.8 points and average 272.4 yards of offense per game. Rookie quarterback Justin Fields has thrown for 458 yards with one touchdown pass and a pair of interceptions. Fields hyperextended his left knee in last week’s victory over the Raiders but should be good to go Sunday even if he is not at 100%.
Backup running back Damien Williams was added to the reserve/COVID-19 list on Thursday, so the rushing duties are turnover to rookie Khalil Herbert. Herbert carried the ball 18 times for 75 yards in last week’s victory.
Chicago is 3-2 ATS this season and 2-0 ATS the spread in home contests. The Bears are 3-7 ATS in their last ten matchups against NFC North foes.
The Pick is In
A classic rivalry matchup is on tap for NFL fans on Sunday. These two teams meet for the first time this season, and both carry momentum into the tilt.
Aaron Rodgers has owned the Bears in recent contests, and the Packers appear to have figured things out on both sides of the ball even with their rash of injuries.
Chicago’s inability to score points is the difference-maker in this one. Give us the Packers as the favorite on the road.
Betting Pick: Green Bay Packers -5