VietBet Point spread: Green Bay -13
Total line: 46.5
The Chicago Bears and the Green Bay Packers square-off at Lambeau Field on Christmas night with each team looking for the gift of a victory in this classic NFC North rivalry. The kick-off is slated for 8:20 p.m. (ET) and Sunday night’s game will be broadcast nationally on NBC.
Chicago limps into this game with a four-game losing streak that has put its postseason plans in serious jeopardy. It is currently 7-7 booth straight-up and against the spread on the year and the total has gone ‘over’ in eight if its 14 games this season.
First the Bears lost a good portion of their passing game when Jay Cutler went down with a hand injury. Next it lost its ability to effectively run the ball when Matt Forte injured his knee. The result has been an offense that has scored a total of 47 points in the four-game slide. The normally solid Chicago defense is starting to crack under the strain; giving-up 38 points as a 3.5-point home favorite in Sunday’s loss to Seattle.
Green Bay’s quest for a perfect season came to an end this past Sunday with a shocking 19-14 loss to Kansas City as an 11-point road favorite, but it is still in prime position to lock-up the No.1 seed in the NFC playoffs at 13-1 SU (9-5 ATS). The total stayed well ‘under’ the 46-point line against the Chiefs, but it has gone ‘over’ in nine of its previous 13 games.
The main concern for the Packers heading into this game is avoiding any more injuries to a team that suddenly a bit banged up. They already lost wide receiver Greg Jennings and have a couple of gaping holes in the offensive line, so keeping players healthy has to be in the back of head coach Mike McCarthy’s mind.
The Bears are 1-3 ATS in their last four games and 3-3 ATS in their last six games on the road. The total has gone ‘over’ in five of their last seven games.
The Packers are 2-3 ATS in their last five games, but 5-1 ATS in six games at home this season. The total has gone ‘over’ in six of their last eight games overall and in five of the six home games.
Green Bay handled the Bears 27-17 on Sept.25 as a four-point road favorite to win four of the last five meetings SU. It is 5-2 ATS in the last seven meetings and the total has stayed ‘under’ in all seven games.
The Packers will do enough on Sunday night to secure a win, but with Chicago to hang in there long enough to cover with the 13 points.
The Free NFL Pick: Green Bay 27 Chicago 20
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