Green Bay: Online NFL Betting Disappointment

Posted by: Charlie Smith
Green Bay Packers vs. Chicago Bears Thursday Night Football

This past weekend was chock full of online NFL betting upsets, one of which was the Dallas Cowboys upsetting the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau. Coming into this matchup the odds painted the Packers as the favorites over the Cowboys. But in the end, Ezekiel Elliot proved to be too much for the Packers’ defense. Green Bay had the #1 rush defense in the NFL, but now after their game with the Cowboys, the Packers rush defense finds itself in the #2 ranking.  Elliott gained more yards (157) on the Packers than he did on any other team the Cowboys faced this season, which is a testament to both the rookie’s talents, and the strength of Dallas’ offensive line.

But now that Dallas has embarrassed the Packers in their own backyard, Green Bay must prepare for a hasty rebound. Green Bay is quickly falling behind the Minnesota Vikings, and if they fail to win their next game they’ll also be losing ground in the Wild Card race as well. The Packers will take to the field again this upcoming Thursday when they face the Chicago Bears at home. With even less time to prepare, will most football betting sites predict a Green Bay rebound, or will they side with the Packers’ divisional rival?

Week 7 – Thursday, October 20th 

Bears     +7½ (-105)    45½ (-110)  +295
Packers  -7½ (-115)    45½ (-110)   -360

Despite how pitiful the Packers looked against the Cowboys, the online NFL betting odds still think the Bears look worse. Chicago currently finds themselves in last place within the NFC North, and with a 1-5 record fans can’t expect them to rank anywhere else. The play at the quarterback position was the weakness of this Chicago team early on in the season. Jay Cutler began the season under center but was sidelined after sustaining a thumb injury. In his brief time as a starter, Cutler threw two interceptions to just one touchdown. But after sustaining his injury, Brian Hoyer has taken over at the quarterback position. So far, Hoyer has been great, but not exceptional. Since he’s taken over in Week 2, Hoyer has amassed 6 touchdowns and a 100.8 passer rating. Unfortunately for the Bears, Hoyer wasn’t able to rally Chicago to a victory over the Jaguars this past weekend. However, the Jaguars have the 8th best pass defense in the NFL, so seeing Hoyer struggle isn’t the end of the world. How will Hoyer fare against the Packers pass defense?

As aforementioned, stopping the run was the strength of Green Bay’s defense. Against the pass the Packers are much worst and their pass defense ranks 21st in the NFL. That’s certainly not a championship caliper ranking, and to put the coffin in the Packers’ Super Bowl hopes, their pass offense ranks worst. Behind Aaron Rodgers’ efforts, Green Bay has the 25th worst passing offense in the NFL. To sum it up, Green Bay has been struggling tremendously this season, on both sides of the ball. As the season wears on, the injuries keep racking up for the Packers. With a banged up roster, and a team that was already playing terrible football, it might be a good time for fans to give up hope on this year’s Packers squad. If Green Bay keeps playing the way they have been, even the Bears will be able to upset. Bottom line, online NFL betting fans should refrain from picking the Packers straight up.