Green Bay Packers vs. Chicago Bears Spread, Line, Odds, Predictions, Picks, and Betting Preview
Green Bay Packers vs. Chicago Bears NFL Game Info
Green Bay Packers (12-3) vs. Chicago Bears (8-7)
Date: Sunday, January 3rd, 2021
Time: 4:25pm EST
Venue: Soldier Field, Chicago, Illinois
Coverage: Fox Network
Green Bay Packers vs. Chicago Bears Money Line, Spread, Total, Odds
Moneyline: Packers -250 | Bears +205
Spread: Packers -5.5 (-114) | Bears +5.5 (-106)
Total: Over 52 (-114) | Under 52 (-106)
Super Bowl Odds: Packers +550 | Bears +8500
Green Bay Packers vs. Chicago Bears News and Notes
The presumptive MVP of the NFL, Aaron Rodgers, has thrown to Davante Adams…again and again, and again, and again. The team’s offense is Rodgers throwing to Adams, “Baby Kittle” Robert Tonyan, and seemingly a new secondary wide receiver stepping up each week. The line remains anchored by Rodgers’ blind-side David Bakhtiari, and the passing game is supplemented by a three-headed monster of absolute bruiser running backs: Aaron Jones, Jamaal Williams, and rookie AJ Dillon.
Meanwhile, the Chicago Bears have won three straight and, due to the virtue of a Cardinals loss to the Niners last week, have their playoff lives in their hands: they are in the “win-and-you’re-in” spot teams so often relish the opportunity to be in. Their schedule of opposing defenses of late has been fairly easy, but quarterback Mitch Trubisky has picked up his play: the Bears haven’t scored less than 30 points in the last 6 weeks. Wide Receiver Allen Robinson remains a stud, but the real growth has been from running back David Montgomery and rookie tight end Cole Kmet, both playing very solid football.
The Bears defense remains its calling card, and they have stars at all levels of the defense: Khalil Mack and Akeem Hicks on the defensive line, linebacker Roquan Smith, and safety Tashaun Gipson all have helped lead the Bears to posting top-5 numbers (as usual) in basically every efficiency stat and metric. The “Monsters of the Midway” are alive and well.
The same can be said for the Packers. You know the stars: cornerback Jaire Alexander has done a great Darelle Revis impression this year, and the “Smith Brothers” Preston and Za’Darius have pressured opposing quarterbacks all season. The team is still suspect in their rush defense but given “A-Rod”, and the offense are good for 25+ points per game, opposing teams still need to throw a bunch to keep up against the Packers, which minimizes the deficiency.
Green Bay Packers vs. Chicago Bears Prediction and Picks
Sometimes the chalky pick isn’t necessarily wrong. People will pile on the Packers for a myriad of reasons: Rodgers’ consistent demolishing of the Bears, the recent memory of the Packers annihilating the Titans in the snow on Sunday Night Football last week, and fantasy players who just had Davante Adams win them their fantasy championship putting up over 40 points last Sunday. But to me, the Bears have been paper tigers for the last month.
Yes, this is a must-win for Chicago, “Trubisky is finally turning the corner” is a thing talking heads are talking about, and the team has won their last three straight, but their past four games have been against the Lions, Texans, Vikings, and Jaguars. The last month the Bears have played a schedule on “Very Easy” mode and still have a negative point differential on the season, suggesting a worse record than they have. I think the Packers show up big to ensure they keep the No. 1 seed and the bye, and the game goes under narrowly: 30-17 sounds right. Under 52 and Green Bay -5.5 is the play.