NFL Preview – Chicago Bears @ Green Bay Packers

NFL Preview – Chicago Bears @ Green Bay Packers

NFL Preview – Chicago Bears @ Green Bay Packers

It’s week 12 of the NFL regular season and the best thing about this week is that it’s the annual Thanksgiving Football week meaning we get three games on Thursday! Make sure to get plenty of food ready so you can enjoy ten hours of NFL action! We now take a look at the late evening game and we’re in luck as we have an NFC North match-up on our hands, guaranteed to be a physical contest. The Green Bay Packers seek to regain control of the NFC North as they welcome their bitter rivals, the Chicago Bears, to Lambeau Field.

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The Green Bay Packers established their usual dominance early on in the season despite the loss of Jordy Nelson to a torn ACL preseason. They six games undefeated until they took on the undefeated Denver Broncos on Sunday Night Football. It carried on the following week as they were beat by the undefeated Carolina Panthers. They were expected to get back to winning ways when they faced the Detroit Lion two weeks ago arguably the worst team in the team, but they lost in shocking fashion. They took on the division leading Minnesota Vikings last week and got back to old ways, beating them soundly 30-13. The victory took the 7-3 Packers back to joint-first in the NFC North with all to play for the rest of the season.

Aaron Rodgers is up to his usual tricks this season, further attesting that he’s the best Quarterback in the league. Rodgers is completing 61.7% of his passes for 2,482 yards. He’s added a phenomenal touchdown to interception ratio with 23 to 3. His main targets have been James Jones and Randall Cobb who have combined for 1,145 yards through the air and 13 touchdowns. The Packers have a dual headed monster to rush for them with Eddie Lacy and James Starks leading the charge, averaging 109.6 yards on the ground per game. Lacy leads the way with 408 yards and 2 touchdowns. The defence are allowing 19.8 points per game and 368.6 yards per game on average.

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Years and years of struggle for the Chicago Bears has seemingly carried on to the 2015 regular season, but what has been seen which usually isn’t is some fight in the dog, or should I say in the bear. The overhaul of coaching staff saw John Fox come in and give this team a new lease of life. The defence is looking frisky, the offence also which has seen Jay Cutler improve dramatically. If they hadn’t of suffered with so many injuries to skill players, this team might’ve been more competitive this season. John Fox nearly led the Bears to victory last week against his old team, the Denver Broncos, losing 17-15. The currently sit 3rd in the highly competitive NFC North with a 4-6 record.

As formerly mentioned, Jay Cutler is really putting doubters to rest this season and has looked like an upper-echelon Quarterback and game manager. Cutler has completed 63.4% of his passes for 2,310 yards, racking up 13 touchdowns and 6 interceptions. Cutler has mainly been throwing to Alshon Jeffrey and Martellus Bennett who have added 940 yards and 5 touchdowns between them this season. Rookie receiver, Marquess Wilson, looks like a start for this franchise to build around too. Matt Forte, who seems likely to return from injury this week, has added 548 yards and two touchdowns on the ground despite a season cut shorter for the injured elite Half Back. On the defence, the Bears have looked pretty solid, only allowing on average 25.1 points per game and 340.9 yards per game.

The Packers are favoured by a touchdown and extra point in this contest. It’s this period of the season when it starts getting very cold that I start worrying about Aaron Rodgers and the Packers. They seemingly tear teams to shreds in the cold. As competitive as the Bears have been this season, they’ve still kept losing, albeit narrowly. In their last 14 head-to-heads, the Packers have won 12 of those contests and Rodgers really has Chicago’s number. Both these teams have had a short rest, the weather is going to be incredibly cold in front of the Packers rowdy faithful and with the Packers defence stepping up, I think the Packers cover this touchdown spread easily, winning by double digits. Green Bay Packers to win convincingly tonight and cover the -7 spread.

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