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As part of the NFL Weekly In-Depth Analysis series we present the clash between the Chicago Bears and the Green Bay Packers. This is a Monday Night Football game to be played at 8:40 PM EST game at Lambeau Field as the 5-2 Green Bay Packers host the 4-3 Chicago Bears. Here are the Vegas odds for the game and what the Sports Unbiased In-Depth Analysis Team believes will occur this Monday. The writers taking part are: Josh Madas, Mike Santangelo, “Coach” Mike Fabber, John Yeomans, and Chris Pagliuca.
Vegas Odds (Spread and Over-Under): Green Bay minus 10 1/2, 50 u
Chris’ Pick: With Jay Cutler sidelined with a groin injury I just can’t see the Bears winning this game. The Packers are looking like themselves once again after starting the season 1-2 they are now on a four fight win streak and stand at 5-2. I truly don’t see this game being competitive, the Bears may be able to put up some points due to the weak defense of the Packers, but they definitely won’t be able to outscore them. A win here will be big for the Packers to give them sole possession of first place in the NFC North. Packers- 34 Bears- 17
John’s Pick: It goes to show you just how good Aaron Rodgers is when his receivers keep going down (ex. Cobb, Jones) and he still keeps the offense going like a well-oiled machine by making unknown players into stars (ex. Boykins). Let’s not forget that the Packers finally have a running game with Eddie Lacy playing very impressive since he has come back from his injury. Things aren’t going as well for the Bears who have lost Jay Cutler and Lance Briggs to injuries for the next couple weeks. Now grant it Josh McCown played well after Cutler went down (70.2 completion percentage, one touchdown 204 passing yards, and zero turnovers) in a losing effort to the Redskins, but anybody can play well against their defense. It will tougher challenge against a Green Bay defense that has took on some injuries but still keeps playing tough (ranked 11th total defense). The Bears might keep this game close for the most part, however I see Eddie Lacy having a big day against their defense while Rodgers does his damage in the air extending the Packers winning streak to five games. Packers 34 Bears 21
Coach’s Pick: The Bears lost Jay Cutler for a couple weeks and this will be their first game without him from the start. He was doing a pretty good job for him this year and really keeping that offense going through it all. Now that will be up to Josh McCown who did pretty good for a couple quarters against the Washington Redskins a couple weeks ago. The problem is everyone is doing well against that defense this year. McCown will have lots of weapons and he is playing the 24 th ranked pass defense this week in the Packers. The only problem is the Packers have a quarterback named Aaron Rodgers and last checked he is pretty good. He is playing a Bears defense that is all banged up and missing key parts. They will have their hands full all night and won’t be able to keep the offense in the game. The Packers will win 31- 17.
Josh’s Pick: Both of these teams have impressed me this season. The Bears have looked excellent on defense and their offensive line has improved from last year. With Jay Cutler out, the Bears will look for leadership from Matt Forte and Brandon Marshall when the offense is on the field. For the Bears to win, the offense will have to contribute immensely.
The Packers have an explosive offense. Even when Randall Cobb and James Jones went down, they did not miss a beat. Aaron Rodgers has played great and thrives on big stages like Monday Night Football. Since Green Bay is home and the Bears are without their starting quarterback, it is hard to pick against the Packers here. I am picking Packers to beat the Bears on Monday night. Final Score: Packers 28 – Bears 21
Mike’s Pick: A huge divisional matchup in the NFC North takes place on Monday night. Both teams have been good so far this season with Matt Forte being a great runner for the Bears and Eddie Lacy showing why he was a 2nd round draft pick, and contender for Offensive Rookie of the Year honors, for the Packers. Both teams have had a rash of injuries to key players like Jay Cutler, Clay Matthews, Randall Cobb, and so on. Aaron Rodgers is still there, and he’s still throwing TD passes to anyone and everyone who will catch a ball, but I get the feeling this year that the Bears have something in store for Green Bay, even at Lambeau, that will allow them to pull this one out by the narrowest of margins. Final Score: Bears 21 – Packers 20
There it is, Sports Unbiased has broken down a marquee game in week nine of the NFL season. We have given you analysis, we have given you the odds and we even gave you the possible final score. Trust all the writers, trust a couple of the writers or just trust one. Find you favorites and come back for other editions of the Sports Unbiased marquee matchups. Now go forth and win your office pool, enjoy the game even have some fun on the morning line. Good luck and happy picking. See you next week.
Note: All odds courtesy of Vegas Insider Consensus