This week, the Packers take the short trip to Soldier Field and it’s icy, concrete-esque playing surface. I see this game progressing in a similar fashion as the 2 previous match-ups this season. It’s going to be close but the field will not be as much of a factor as everyone has made it out to be for the Packers. It’s going to be tough for both teams but enough with the yada, yada, yada…let’s get to the gambling!
Aaron Rodgers Quarterback Rating
In the previous 2 Bears-Packers games, Rodgers has produced ratings of 92.5 & 89.7. In both games he had a touchdown and an interception. The Packers are a VASTLY different team from week 3 of this season and arguablely different from week 17. Rodgers is rolling and I’m going to have to take the OVER here. I don’t see him putting up a 140 but something in the 90’s is a valid expectation.
Jay Cutler Interceptions
Lotta talent, lotta dummy…look at cutlerface.com. This defense is playing well and they’ll catch the interceptions they dropped earlier this season. It’s a push number but I’ll take the OVER.
Sacks by Green Bay
The defense threw a 5-spot up on the Falcons who have a better offensive line. The Bears line has played better since the beginning of the season but so is the Packers defense. They had 3 in week 3 and 6 in week 17…OVER.
Sacks by Chicago
I don’t think Rodgers will play the part of Houdini as well this week as he did against the Falcons. On the other hand, the Bears have only sacked him 2 times this season. Rodgers has to be cognizant of the firmness of the turf and can’t give them the opportunity to slam him into that field. Tough number but I’ll go with the UNDER.
Made Field Goals by Mason Crosby
Tough field…tough defense. I don’t think he’ll fail but I see 3 as a big number in this game. UNDER
Green Bay Penalties
Same line as last week…and they squeaked under it. I think they’ll go UNDER it again.
Plays on Offense for BJ “The Freezer” Raji
This was a pleasant surprise last week. This game is going to be tough and if they get into a whatever-and-goal from 2 or less, he’ll be in there. I see there being at least one situation like that. OVER
Difference in Score
This is going to be a close game throughout but I think the final score will have a greater difference than 4. OVER
Can you believe that this team, depleted by injuries…at one point DECIMATED by them…is playing for a chance to go to the Super Bowl. This is a resilient team, a talented team and a team with loads of momentum. I think Packers fans can look forward to Super Bowl Media Day with the Packers cast of characters.