Bears vs. Packers: Spread Info, Line and Predictions

Alex Kay@AlexPKayCorrespondent ISeptember 12, 2012

CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 25: Matt Forte #22 of the Chicago Bears is tackled by Clay Matthews #52 of the Green Bay Packers at Soldier Field on September 25, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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The Chicago Bears (1-0) will be travelling to take on a divisional foe, the Green Bay Packers (0-1), in a Week 2 Thursday Night Football matchup.

This NFC North showdown promises to be a critical one, as the Bears look to remain undefeated and get a huge win over a rival, while the Packers look to claw their way back to .500 after losing to the San Francisco 49ers in Week 1.

Let’s take a look at where you can catch this action, a few possible ways to wager on the game, some fantasy players to look out for and a prediction on the final score.


Where: Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wis.

When: Thursday, Sept. 13 at 8:20 p.m. ET

Watch: NFL Network

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Spread: Packers -6 (via

Lean towards the Bears to cover in this game.

While the Pack are 7-2 against the spread in the past nine meetings, the Bears have steadily improved this offseason and can now be considered equals to GB in the division.

This should be a tightly contested game that could seriously go either way, which is why it would be foolish to leave six points sitting on the table.

While the Bears may not win straight up, they have an awfully good shot at keeping this one within a field goal, so taking the points is the play.



Over/Under: 51.5 (via

Go with the under here.

Eight of the past nine matchups have had a final score under the projected total, and there is no reason to think things will change on Thursday.

These teams simply cannot stand one another, which makes for an ugly, drawn-out football game that focuses more on powerful runs and clock-eating short passes.

The total score of this should be well under 50 points.



Key Injuries (via


LB Brian Urlacher—Knee—PRB

CB Charles Tillman—Shin—QST



WR Greg Jennings—Groin—QST

RB James Starks—Toe—QST



Fantasy Big Plays

Must Start: Brandon Marshall

Marshall is clearly QB Jay Cutler’s favorite target.

He targeted him 15 times on Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts, and the receiver rewarded owners with nine catches for 119 yards and a TD.

In every league—especially PPR format—Marshall is a must-start and should continue to produce at a high level.



Must Sit: Greg Jennings

It’s looking less and less likely that Jennings will play in this contest due to a groin injury.

Even if he’s able to get on the field, there is no guarantee that the WR will be healthy due to the short amount of rest.

Look for another option this week, as Aaron Rodgers has too many other targets to throw to.



Keys to Bears Win: Passing Game

The Bears are traditionally a ground-and-pound team that wins on defense, but they finally have a respectable aerial assault capable of running up the score on teams.

Marshall, Devin Hester, Earl Bennett and Alshon Jeffery are all capable receivers that can put up solid numbers against a vulnerable Green Bay secondary.

Expect the Bears to take a number of shots down the field and use Cutler’s arm strength to their advantage.



Keys to Packers Win: Defense

If the Packers are going to win this one, they can’t let the Bears jump out to an early lead.

They’ll need to lock down the receivers, contain Matt Forte and Michael Bush in the running game and put pressure on Cutler. Forcing turnovers will be crucial.

Rodgers and the rest of the offense will get points on the board if they have the ball in their hands, which is why the defense must make some plays on Thursday.



Prediction: Bears 24, Packers 21

Chicago will advance to 2-0 and get an early leg up in the NFC North on Thursday.

The Bears have a great offense to go along with a defense that is stocked with veteran experience and talent. They’ll use this to shock the Packers and pull out a surprise victory.


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