MNF Game Preview: Green Bay Packers Giving 3 Points To NFC North Rival Chicago Bears

September 27th, 2010 – by Alex

The Chicago Bears (2-0) and Green Bay Packers (2-0) will meet on Monday Night Football in a match-up of two strong NFC North foes. This game will kickoff shortly after 8:30pm EST from Soldier Field in Chicago with coverage being exclusively on ESPN.

Offensively, the Bears have been very impressive in this young season considering how horribly turnover-prone they were just a year ago. While their offensive line still leaves a lot to be desired, quarterback, Jay Cutler is quickly showing one and all why he was brought in prior to last year. Tight end, Greg Olsen should be particularly strong in this game despite not really having an opportunity to shine thus far. In the team’s match-up against the Cowboys, Olsen showed a glimpse of his abilities via 39-yard reception for a touchdown.

RB Matt Forte will be key against a strong Green Bay defense if the Bears want to be able to pull off the upset victory. All in all, the Bears feature the 6th ranked offense and average 385.5 yards per game. That offense will be on the field against Green Bay’s 2nd ranked overall defense allowing just 253.0 yards per game in what promises to be an intriguing matchup.

On the Packers side, the throwing attack led by Aaron Rodgers will be key because it will be tough sledding for them to have much success in the running game against the Bears’ front seven. It wouldn’t be too shocking to see Brandon Jackson adopt more of a screen pass role for this game to help neutralize an absolutely exceptional Bears rush attack. Considering how Chicago’s secondary is thin, expect James Jones and Jordy Nelson to take advantage playing one-on-one against nickel and dime corner designs by the Bears.

In games against the Eagles and Bills, Rodgers was able to complete 63.3% of his passes good for 443 yards and 4 touchdowns to go with 2 interceptions. Rodgers is going to be key. Without Ryan Grant for the rest of the season, the weight on Rodgers shoulders got a little heavier. If the 16th ranked Packers offense averaging 322.5 yards per game are to have success against the Bear’s 7th ranked defense allowing just 289 yards per game, Rodgers and his receivers will be the key.

Game Lines: With kickoff just hours away, several Online Sportsbooks list the Packers as 3 point favorites despite being on the road against a division Rival. Additionally, the over/under sits at a total of 46 points, an amount that could easily be surpassed should Rodgers and Cutler have great games.

NFL ATS Betting Trends: The Packers are 8-1-1 ATS in their last 10 games on grass, 6-1-1 ATS in their last eight games against the NFC and 10-3 ATS in their last 13 games against NFC North opponents.

Meanwhile, the Bears are 1-7 ATS in their last 8 games on grass, and 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games overall. Most of the NFL Betting Trends are cold for the Bears at this time. Beyond the bad trends already listed, the Bears are 1-5 ATS in the last 6 home games while going 1-4 ATS in their last five week 3 NFL games.

NFL Straight Up Betting Trends: In their last 11 played, the Packers have gone 9-2 straight up and is 4-2 straight up in their last 6 games on the road. Furthermore, in their last 16 road games against the Bears, the Packers are an astounding 13-3 straight up.

In comparison, the Bears have gone 4-1 straight up in their last 5 games overall to go with a 9-3 mark straight up in their last 12 games played at home.

All NFL Week 3 Betting Odds courtesy of Bodog Sportsbook

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