When it comes to NFL rivalries, there is none older than the one between the Green Bay Packers and the Chicago Bears. The two have met 186 times since 1921, but the Packers have dominated the Bears in recent years and look to win their seventh in a row over their NFC North rivals on Monday night at Lambeau Field.
The Bears went into their bye week with a 4-3 record after falling 45-41 at Washington in Week 7, and their defense simply couldn’t make a stop. Josh McCown replaced the injured Jay Cutler and threw for 204 yards and a touchdown, but the defense gave up 499 yards to the Redskins and this has been a disturbing trend all season. Chicago is 25th against the run and 27th against the pass halfway through the campaign.
The 5-2 Packers have now won four straight after a 44-31 win at Minnesota as Aaron Rodgers was lights out, going 24-of-29 for 285 yards and a pair of touchdown passes to Jordy Nelson. The Packers also ran for 182 yards (led by 94 yards and a score from Eddie Lacy), but they also had six penalties for 120 yards. Green Bay has been disciplined this season, so look at this as an exception rather than the rule.
Green Bay is favored by 10.5 points at Lambeau, where they have won five in a row over the Bears, covering the spread four times. The Chicago defense has been absolutely brutal this season and going up against Rodgers is probably the last thing they need. At least if Cutler was under center, the Bears could possibly keep up in a shootout, but they won’t be able to on Monday night. Take the Packers to win and cover the NFL point spread.
Pick: Green Bay -11