There appears to be a real problem with the Chicago Bears these days, and the coaching staff used the recent bye week to try to figure out just what the hell they could do about it. Football bettors at America’s Bookie will see the result of that on Sunday night as the former Monsters of the Midway make the very short trip to Lambeau Field for a date with the Green Bay Packers. Game time for the NBC-televised event is 8:30 PM ET.
The Bears are losers of two games in a row and four of their last five, but it is the way they have lost these last couple of games that has their fans, not to mention head coach Marc Trestman, rather alarmed. The Miami Dolphins came into Soldier Field and manhandled them like they were nothing, beating them much more decisively than the final 27-14 score would indicate. And then last week’s game, in which they had to travel to New England to face the Patriots, was something they would simply like to forget, as Tom Brady and his mates took them to the woodshed in a 51-23 rout.
In the Sunday night football betting lines that have been established on this game by the people at America’s Bookie, Green Bay is favored by a touchdown:
Green Bay Packers -7 (-115)
Chicago Bears +7 (-105)
Over 52.5 points -110
Under 52.5 points -110
Some of the problems with the Bears might not be all that “fixable.” This defense has been banged-up all year long (Lamarr Houston is the latest casualty), and they are particularly susceptible to the pass. Chicago allows 8.2 yards per passing attempt, and that would seem to play into exactly what Aaron Rodgers would like to do, inasmuch as he is averaging 8.4 yards per pass. What they are hoping is that Jon Bostic and Lance Briggs, linebackers who are returning to action following injuries, can help them be a little tougher against the mid-range air attack. America’s Bookie customers must take note that Chicago, which gave up five yards a carry last season, has that figure down to 4.2 ypc this year.
Offensively, there are definitely some things to work on. The Bears have, as a team, thrown the ball 299 times, compared to only 188 rushing plays. They absolutely need more balance. Certainly Matt Forte (562 yards rushing) can provide some of that, but it seems Trestman has preferred to use him catching passes out of the backfield. Forte, who was been a workhorse for years, is already over the 1000-yard mark in combined yards (he also has 490 receiving). Unquestionably Jay Cutler is a world-class collection of receivers to throw the ball to. But they haven’t gone far down the field, have they? Only Alshon Jeffery is averaging more than eleven yards a reception. And Cutler has to cut down on his turnovers. With eight interceptions and four fumbles, NFL bettors know he needs to take care of the ball more judiciously.
While the Bears may benefit in their own way from the bye week, it might be bad news for them that Green Bay had a bye week too. The Packers, who at 5-3 straight-up went into the weekend’s play, one game behind the Detroit Lions in the NFC North, have covered their last eight games against the point spread when coming out of a bye. That, and the fact that Green Bay has covered seven of the last eight meetings, should be of particular interest to those making their judgment on these betting lines at America’s Bookie on Sunday night.
Certainly the Bears can’t count on the good fortune they experienced the last time they were at Lambeau Field, when Rogers had to leave the game very early with a broken collarbone, leaving the relatively helpless Seneca Wallace to lead the Packers’ offense. That was almost a gift, although Chicago could only manage a 27-20 victory in that game. Yes, that also happens to be their only cover in the last eight meetings.