Green Bay Packers vs. Chicago Bears: 5 Best Prop Bets for the NFC Championship

James Brown@@chasingballgameSenior Analyst IJanuary 21, 2011

Green Bay Packers vs. Chicago Bears: 5 Best Prop Bets for the NFC Championship

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    CHICAGO, IL - JANUARY 16:  Tight end Greg Olsen #82 of the Chicago Bears runs after he catches a 58-yard touchdown in the first quarter in front of Lawyer Milloy #36 of the Seattle Seahawks in the 2011 NFC divisional playoff game at Soldier Field on Janua
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    This weekend the Green Bay Packers and the Chicago Bears will battle for the right to play in Super Bowl XLV.  

    The NFC Championship spread for this game has the Green Bay Packers favored by 3.5 points, but with just a few games left in the NFL season, there are plenty of prop bets to choose from leading up to kickoff.

    In sports gambling, a proposition bet (also known as a side bet, prop bet, prop, or exotic bet) is a bet made on an outcome or a proposition of the game that could involve many different aspects of the game.

    Here are the top five prop bets for the NFC Championship.

What team will get the first sack?

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    CHICAGO - DECEMBER 13: Clay Matthews #52 of the Green Bay Packers sacks Jay Cutler #6 of the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on December 13, 2009 in Chicago, Illinois. The Packers defeated the Bears 21-14. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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    The Chicago Bears have an impressive pass rush anchored by Julius Peppers but no rushed the passer better than the Packers.

    The Packers tallied 55 sacks on the season to include the playoffs, and Jay Cutler has had a problem with getting rid of the ball. It’s the perfect storm for the Packers pass rushers to get a sack first.

    Clay Matthews is the Packers leader in sacks with seven on the season. The Packers got to Cutler six times in the last meeting and nine times in both meetings.

    Prop Bet No. 1: Green Bay to record the first sack of the game -135

Will Devin Hester score a touchdown?

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    CHICAGO - SEPTEMBER 27:  Devin Hester #23 of the Chicago Bears returns a punt against Sam Shields #37 of the Green Bay Packers at Soldier Field on September 27, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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    Devin Hester is electrifying and has a chance to score a touchdown every time he touches the ball.

    Hester is the NFL's career leader in combined punt and kick returns for touchdowns with 14.

    The Packers allowed Hester to bust loose and score on a 62-yard scamper for a touchdown on a punt return during the first meeting with the Bears.

    They still have some holes on special teams as evident by a 102 yard return against Atlanta.

    Prop Bet No. 2: Devin Hester will score a touchdown: +175

Will the first offensive play be a rush or a pass?

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    GREEN BAY, WI - JANUARY 02:  Matt Forte #22 of the Chicago Bears carries the ball after making a catch against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on January 2, 2011 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
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    Aaron Rodgers is one of the best quarterbacks in the game today.

    Jay Cutler is a pure gun-slinger and offensive coordinator Mike Martz loves to call passing plays. With that being said the first play offensive play of the game will be a rushing play.

    Everyone knows that in order to pass you have to be able to set up the run to keep the defenses guessing. It is also interesting to note that both teams started off with a running play in each game this season. Look for a safe running game to start the game off.

    Prop Bet No. 3: The first offensive play of the game will be a run. -105

Adjusted Betting Line

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    CHICAGO - SEPTEMBER 27:  Aaron Rodgers (R) #12 and Scott Wells #63 of  the Green Bay Packers celebrate after Rodgers scored a 3-yard rushing touchdown in the fourth quarter against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on September 27, 2010 in Chicago, Illin
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    The online sportsbook 5 Dimes has sports betting props for the NFC Championship game and they also offer adjusted lines.

    This allows for a bigger payout than taking the normal line posted on the game. If you like a certain team to win by more than expected the payout could be worth the risk.

    This year the Green bay Packers won 12 games counting the playoffs. Out of those games six of them were decided by more than 13 points. When the Packers are winning ball games, Rodgers confidence grows and the game usually is lopsided like the game against the Falcons.

    Prop Bet No. 4: Green Bay -12.5 +321

    (If you think the Bears pull the upset then Chicago -6.5, +380 is worth a look.)

Will Tight End Greg Olsen Have over 2.5 Catches?

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    CHICAGO - SEPTEMBER 27:  Greg Olsen #82 of the Chicago Bears runs for yards after the catch against A.J. Hawk #50 of the Green Bay Packers at Soldier Field on September 27, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bears won 20-17.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty I
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    Quarterback Jay Cutler has a favorite target on in his arsenal and it’s tight end Greg Olsen.

    Olsen is completely healthy and Cutler is using him more often as evident by his big touchdown against the Seahawks in the last game.

    Cutler uses Olsen has a safety blanket when he is feeling the heat from an opposing play rush. Olsen has had some success in games against the Packers and got five passes in each game this year against Green Bay.

    Prop Bet No. 5: Greg Olsen will have over 2.5 receptions

    This game will provide plenty of excitement as one of the best rivalries in the NFL is renewed in the NFC Championship game. Placing a few prop bets will add some spice to the big game this weekend.

    Best of Luck!

    Matt Regaw is a B/R Featured Columnist and the founder of BookieBlitz.com, your one-stop shop for sports articles, previews and predictions. Feel free to contact Matt at mregaw@gmail.com.

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