Bears vs. Packers Week 17 NFL Picks against the Spread from NFL Handicapper

Joe DuffyAnalyst IJanuary 2, 2011

Great sports handicapper says Aaron Rodgers won't have bear of a time
Great sports handicapper says Aaron Rodgers won't have bear of a timeMatthew Stockman/Getty Images

Matt Rivers has a huge NFL spread picks winner Sunday is on the Green Bay Packers -9.5 to Chicago.

Reasoning: Jay Cutler and the Bears have had a great season, but after the Falcons dispatch the Panthers, which I’m hard pressed to believe won’t happen, then this game will be rendered meaningless, and we will see a bunch of reserves for Chicago get action. In this rivalry, Lovie Smith’s boys should still compete, but they are up against a team that has too much going for them to slip up.

Aaron Rodgers proved a lot to me last week coming back from the concussion and looking as good as he did in what really was an elimination game against the Giants. Now, the Packers are involved in another game they have to win, and if they do, then they will be in the playoffs.

When you factor in their motivation along with a lack of Bears motivation and the home-field advantage of Lambeau plus a matter of revenge after losing the first game at Soldier Field, then I just do not see this game ending up in single digits.

Green Bay won at the Meadowlands in a shutout against the playoff bound Jets, should have beaten New England on the road with Matt Flynn, squashed the Giants last week and overall have the upside to win the Super Bowl.

This team is no joke, and that is with a ton of injuries this season. With Rodgers back in the fold and the season once again on the line, we are about to see a 31-10 demolition as the men in yellow and green qualify for the postseason.

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Top expert pick on this game: Green Bay -9.5

For more information: The Jaguars need a win if they are to have any hope at making the playoffs. But they are a banged up club without their two best offensive weapons here against an underachieving but still pretty talented Texans squad. What does that mean? Matt Rivers will let you know in a major way with this 400,000* play along with a 200,000* from Motown involving the Vikings and Lions. Matt Rivers’ premium picks up

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