Green Bay Packers travel to Soldier Field to take on the Chicago Bears this Sunday as one of the NFL’s oldest rivalries continues. The two teams have played each other in every season since 1921 apart from two – 1922 and 1982 – and have met on 202 occasions. The Packers have won 101 games and the Bears 95 and there have been six ties. There is plenty on the line for Sunday’s game when it comes to the play-offs. Read on to see where the best betting value can be found.
It’s all about the post-season
Green Bay has already clinched the NFC North title for this season, but the Packers will want to seal their status as the NFC’s number one seed for the play-offs. They can achieve this if they beat the Bears on Sunday. The Bears, whose current record is 8-7, need a victory to guarantee them a wild card spot. They can still sneak into the play-offs if they lose, though, as long as Arizona loses to the LA Rams.
The Bears have enjoyed a mixed season. They went 5-1 in their first six games before slipping and losing six straight games. Mitch Trubisky’s return as starting quarterback has seen them enjoy a resurgence in recent weeks, however. Since his return to the starting line-up five weeks ago, the Bears’ offense has looked mighty. They have averaged 33 points a game and recorded three straight wins. The running game has looked especially strong, with running back David Montgomery averaging 5.1 yards per carry over the last month.
The last time these two teams met was five weeks ago, and the Packers cruised to a 41-25 win. Green Bay boasts the league’s highest scoring offense and the Bears defense will need to be right on form if the men from Chicago want to seal their place in the play-offs.
Our Pick: Bears and under 50.5 points
Our tip for this game comes from 888Sport, who is offering a price of +425 on the Bears winning and there being under 50.5 points scored in the game. We suspect that the motivation of a securing a play-off spot will be enough for the Bears to beat their old rivals. The weather is likely to play a part in keeping the scores low, though. We predict that Mitch Trubisky will steer his team to a narrow win that will be sufficient to take them into the post-season.
Our pick: Bears and under 50.5 points @ +425 with 888Sport