Bears vs. Packers NFL Week 9: TV Schedule, Betting Lines, Prediction
TV Schedule: Sunday, Nov. 3, 8:40 p.m. ET, ESPN
Stadium: Lambeau Field
Weather: High 52, Low 40
Line: Green Bay (-10.5)
After getting off to a slow start in the 2013 season, the Green Bay Packers did what they do best: rely on Aaron Rodgers to bring them out of the hole and win them games. Rodgers has done just that as the Packers have won four straight game to bring their record to 5-2 on the season after starting 1-2. The veteran quarterback has been MVP-like this season, passing for 2,191 yards and 15 touchdowns on the season even while losing James Jones and Randall Cobb for the foreseeable future. Jordy Nelson has emerged in the absence of the three of the top four receivers’ absence, catching 39 passes for 649 yards and seven touchdowns. Eddie Lacy has been one of the best young backs in the NFL this season and quite possibly a Rookie of the Year candidate with 446 yards and three touchdowns on four yards per carry.
While the Packers began the season slowly, the Chicago Bears got off to a fast start, beginning 3-0, but have since lost three of four games to drop their record to 4-3. The Bears still have the potential and talent to win the division, but sitting in third place with an injured Jay Cutler out for a couple of weeks at quarterback. Cutler has been solid this season, passing for 1,658 yards and 12 touchdowns on the year, connecting with Brandon Marshall a team-high 46 times for 540 yards and five touchdowns. However, Alshon Jeffery leads the way with 33 catches for 561 yards and two touchdowns. Matt Forte leads the run game with 533 yards and six touchdowns — one of the best stat lines in the league.
Defensively, the Bears rank close to the bottom in nearly every major defensive category. The Bears rank 29th in the league in points allowed per game, 27th in total yards allowed, 27th in passing yards allowed and 25th in rushing yards allowed per contest — below average marks. The Packers rank 16th in the league in points allowed per game and 11th in total yards allowed per game while ranking a stellar fourth in rush yards allowed.
PREDICTION: Bears 24, Packers 31