The Packers have been one of the most consistent teams in the league for the past few years, reaching the playoffs consecutively since 2009, and entering this season as heavy Super Bowl favorites. This team took a heavy knock during the preseason as WR Jordy Nelson, one of the most productive players on offense (1,519 yards receiving yards and 13 TD in 2014), injured his knee and will sit out for the entire season. But as long as Aaron Rodgers is this team's quarterback, fans and players should continue to have every reason to "relax". On the other hand, after being out last season with a biceps injury, NT B.J.Raji is ready to give this defense a much needed help, specially stopping the run, and starting with Matt Forte.
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The Packers and the Bears start their campaign with a massive showdown at Soldier Field. Green Bay is 16-5 ATS in their last 21 encounters against the Bears in Chi-Town and came out on top in nine of their last ten matchups. The Bears tend to make it hard for every team to play at Soldier Field. The Packers will be without their top receiver, but the home team will have to play extremely well, particularly the quarterback and their renewed defense, to beat their much hated rivals this Sunday.
Recent Betting Trends
- 38-17 ATS in their last fifty-five games against NFC North opponents
- 37-17-1 ATS in their last fifty-five games on grass
- 2-6-1 ATS in their last nine September games
- 4-9 ATS in their last thirteen games on grass
- 10-23 ATS in their last thirty-three games against NFC opponents
- 7-18-1 ATS in their last twenty-six home games
- Bears are 4-11 ATS in their last fifteen games against NFC North opponents
Public Betting Percentage
Straight Up 86%
Against The Spread 75%
Straight Up 14%
Against The Spread 25%
Over The Total
Under The Total
These are just too many points to pass up on. The opening line was Green Bay -4.5. Public betting has moved it to Green Bay -6.5, crossing one important number (6). This is a divisional rivalry that will usually be played close. If oddsmakers were truly concerned with the public betting percentages, this line would cross the magic number of 7. I'm going to fade both the public and the trends.
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