NFL Week 15 Predictions: Green Bay Packers vs. Chicago Bears
Green Bay Packers at Chicago Bears
Sunday, 12/16/12, 1:00 PM EST, TV: FOX
Opening Point Spread: Green Bay -3
Current Betting Line: Green Bay -3
Opening Total: 42
Current Total: 43
Odds Courtesy of Bookmaker
Green Bay has won seven of its last eight games entering Sunday’s contest at Soldier Field, as it comes off a 27-20 victory over the Detroit Lions as six-point home favorites despite being out-gained by 98 yards. “The division is the first goal,” stated Packers head coach Mike McCarthy. The Packers have certainly taken care of business against NFC North foes, winning a franchise-record 11 consecutive games versus division opponents. Green Bay is 4-0 ATS versus such teams this year, with the UNDER going 4-0 in that situation.
The Packers current five-game winning streak against the Bears is their longest since a seven-game streak from 2000-03, which can’t be ignored when looking over the pro football odds page. Green Bay has won 10 of its last 14 regular-season road contests, while going 26-5 in its last 31 games overall. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers has posted a combined 108.8 passer rating against division opponents, throwing for 54 touchdowns and just 15 interceptions.
Chicago has lost four of its last five games and will be hard-pressed to turn around its fortune against Sunday’s opponent, considering quarterback Jay Cutler is 1-6 in this series since coming to the Windy City. “We’ve been on the wrong end of it a number of times,” stated Bears offensive coordinator Mike Tice. The Bears managed to gain just 168 total yards in dropping a 23-10 decision as five-point road underdogs in the first series meeting this year. Chicago is 4-2 ATS as a home underdog of three or less points since 2010.
The Bears have scored just 72 combined points over their last five games, as they look to bounce back from a disappointing 21-14 setback to the Minnesota Vikings last week despite winning the statistical battle by 190 yards. Chicago will need a huge game from wide receiver Brandon Marshall, who leads the NFL with 101 catches, while ranking second with 1,342 receiving yards.
Sports bettors will likely back the Bears due to their 11-4-1 ATS mark in Week 15, while the Packers are 1-1 ATS as road favorites of three or less points.
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