The Bears are breaking in a new defense and Rodgers will be looking to come out and showcase his new offense/uncork against a hated rival. I will absolutely take the team getting points here on an opening night that doesn't feature a title winner.
Not exactly the way I envisioned it playing out, but I’ve been excited about the Packers all offseason and a big reason is the work they did on the defense. This is going to be a quality team all season.
Aaron Rodgers is 16-5 lifetime against Chicago and the Packers have won 15 of their last 18 games against their NFC North rival. The Packers’ dominant offensive line anchored by David Bakhtiari (ranked No. 1 among all offensive linemen on PFF) and Bryan Bulaga will mitigate the Bears’ pass rush. The Bears also played in 11 games decided by one possession last season, so expect a close one.
Chicago’s defense remains strong, but Green Bay upgraded nicely on that side of the ball. Rodgers in a new scheme provides more confidence than Mitchell Trubisky in his second year of his.
If you were able to grab that half-point when the line opened and got Green Bay at +3.5, congrats. It’s a much better number. I think there’s a chance this game kind of looks like the opener between these two last season when the Bears’ new offense just marched down the field early, but this time, it’s the Packers’ new-look offense moving the ball. And Aaron Rodgers isn’t going to blow an early lead the way Mitch Trubisky and the Bears did last year. Read more at: https://nesn.com/2019/09/packers-bears-prediction-against-the-spread-picks-for-thursday-night-football-opener/
In his first game after he won the kicking competition, Pineiro managed to defy all laws of physics by somehow missing a 33-yard extra point by roughly 33 yards. As for the Packers, they'll be running a new offense on Thursday, and there's a good chance it's going to struggle, which is why I think this is going to be a low-scoring game that comes down to a field goal attempt by Piniero, and you can probably guess by my prediction whether I think that kick is going to go in or not.
The Bears are nasty on defense, but I think this one will come down to the two quarterbacks. Aaron Rodgers will be better than Mitch Trubisky.
Terrific and fitting game to kick off the season. Last year, the Bears took a 20-0 lead on Sunday Night Football against the Packers, only to lose in the waning seconds. This time, it’s a much tighter affair throughout, with the Bears winning on a last-second field goal. Oh, the drama.
I’m bullish on the Packers and, well, bearish on the Bears, but this point spread gives me pause. Even significantly downgrading Chicago from last year would still leave it a 3.5-point favorite and Green Bay was as high as a 4-point underdog in the summer. Taking bad numbers is a losing recipe and not an ideal way to start the season.
Rodgers will go into Chicago’s Soldier Field with a 16-5 career record against the Bears, LaFleur’s updated playbook and a defense bolstered by several key additions.
The NFL kicks off its 100th season celebration tonight, but amid all the sound and fury and Jay-Z hoopla, the only sound Bears fans can hear is – doink, doink. The “double doink” off the left upright and crossbar by Chicago kicker Cody Parkey in a first-round playoff loss to the Eagles was the sound heard round Chicago and is reverberating into this season. Eddy Pineiro is the new man in the hot shoe as the Bears take their first step toward Super Bowl XLIV in Miami. The Packers, and QB Aaron Rodgers, will be hearing a different voice on the sideline as rookie coach Matt LaFleur takes over after a six-win season. Rodgers will also hear the footsteps of Bear linebacker Khalil Mack thundering toward him throughout the night.
While it’s fair to assume Chicago’s defense will regress to some extent this season after an otherworldly 2018 campaign, it’s also reasonable to project a step forward for the Bears’ offense. That balance will be on full display in the season opener, with Matt Nagy outshining Matt LaFleur in a battle of two intriguing young coaches.
The Packers are going to be better this season, but they seldom play well at Chicago.
The NFL is celebrating its 100th anniversary by opening the season with its longest rivalry (197 meetings). The Packers are debuting a new coach, Matt LaFleur, who replaces Mike McCarthy. The Bears won nine of their last 10 games in 2018 with a defense that allowed 42 points in their last four games.
GOLD (.5 UNITS)