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Chicago Bears v Green Bay Packers Betting Predictions & Odds

NFL AFC betting tips for weekend of January 9

The 2019 NFL season kicks off in the Windy City with the reigning NFC North champion Chicago Bears hosting the Green Bay Packers. The Packers had won five in a row against the Bears before losing to them late last season on the road.

The Packers have missed the playoffs the last two seasons and come into this season with several new players, mainly to help the defense, and a new head coach in Matt LaFleur. Aaron Rodgers is still the heart and soul of the team as well as the best player, but LaFleur has stated he will establish the ground game as well with the RB duo of Aaron Jones and Jamal Williams. However, in this NFL opener the Packers will be facing a great Chicago defense that led the NFL last season defending the run.

Bear v Packers Betting Odds

Betting Lines: Bears -3 O/U 46.5

In the two games between these two teams last season the Bears only gave up 69 and 88 rushing yards respectively.

Rodgers has a pretty good WR corps, but it will key that his offensive line protects him especially facing star Khalil Mack, who had 12.5 sacks last season.

Mitchell Trubisky comes into his 3rd season as the starting QB for the Bears and he was pretty good last season. While the team is still led by the defense, they expect Trubisky to make strides this season to improve an offense that only ranked 20th in the league last season in total offense.

Rookie David Montgomery is slated to be the starting Bears RB with Jordan Howard gone. He and the other RB’s have to take pressure off Trubisky, who has not shown he can carry the team with his arm.

The Packers made some significant moves in the off-season signing some players and using their two first round draft picks to select DE Rashan Gray and S Darnell Savage Jr. The pass defense for Green Bay ranked a respectable 13th in the league last season, but they only ranked 23rd defending the run.

NFL Betting Trends

  • Packers are 3-0-1 ATS in their last four Thursday games
  • Packers are 2-7-1 ATS in their last 10 road games
  • Packers have an Under record of 7-3 in their last 10 games
  • Bears are 7-0 ATS in their last seven games against teams from the NFC North
  • Bears are 9-2 ATS in their last 11 games
  • Bears have an Under record of 5-0 in their last five games

Chicago Bears vs Green Bay Packers NFL Head-to-Head Trends

  • Packers are 16-5 ATS in their last 21 road games against the Bears
  • Packers are 12-5 ATS in their last 17 games against the Bears
  • In the last five games between these teams the Over record is 4-1

Bears vs Green Bay Packers Predictions & Picks

In this matchup the Packers have been the NFL Betting team to bet on in the last several seasons, but the Bears covered the spread in the two games facing them last season.

Rodgers has some new pieces to work with and a new head coach and I think they are in for a big rebound this season. This NFL opening game will be a close one and the Packers will cover the spread.

Packers to cover the spread

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