This Thursday Chicago Bears versus GB Packers

Posted by: Anthony Yaylor
Green Bay Packers vs. Chicago Bears Thursday Night Football Preview

The Chicago Bears will visit the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on Thursday, October 20th. While both teams have seen better days, it will nonetheless provide fans with the chance to do some online NFL betting. Here are the odds for the game at the BetNow football betting site:

Bears     +9 (-110)    45½ (-110)    +325
Packers    -9 (-110)    45½ (-110)    -400

Bears QB Brian Hoyer had his fourth consecutive 300-yard game this season against the Jacksonville Jaguars but this did not prevent Chicago from losing their second straight game and fourth of the regular season, 16-17 to the Jags, after squandering a 13-point lead. Hoyer completed 30 of 49 passes but failed to produce a TD. Running back Jordan Howard rushed for 34 yards on 15 carries and one score, and kicker Connor Barth converted three field goals for the Bears. Wide receiver Cameron Meredith had 113 yards on 11 receptions, and Alshon Jeffery had another 93 yards on 7 catches. The Bears are 1-5, a state of affairs that according to head coach John Fox “it’s not lack of heart, lack of trying.” As the ages-old Jedi saying goes, “do or do not, there is no try.”

The Packers were at a loss, literally and figuratively, against the Dallas Cowboys. Green Bay had a season-high four TOs and lost three of five fumbles. As usual, QB Aaron Rodgers was the first among his teammates – he had both a turnover and lost a fumble. Rodgers finished 31 of 42 for 294 yards and one TD pass to receiver Randall Cobb, who posted 53 yards on 7 receptions. The 30-16 defeat is the Packers’ worst loss at home with Rodgers starting under center since the 2011 postseason. The fans at Lambeau Field took note of those and booed their team mightily. “Frankly, the biggest thing on offense … is turning the ball over,” Green Bay head coach Mike McCarthy said. “It’s not part of our fiber.” And knowing a lot about Sean Connery is hardly a substitute.

The 3-2 Packers are not quite the Super Bowl favorites that online NFL betting odds pegged them to be prior to the start of the season. It’s all about perspective, though; Green Bay lost to one of the NFC teams, but they could still beat one of the worse. Moreover, the Packers have dominated the rivalry lately, winning eight of their last ten encounters – though the Bears did win their previous meeting last season. All things considered, Green Bay is the best – or rather, better team of the two, and that favors the Packers who have only defeated teams with losing records this season. Rodgers has been pretty much coasting on his reputation as of late, but as good as Hoyer has been replacing Jay Cutler (who might be ready to return from his injured thumb), he has not been able to lead the Bears down the road of constant victory. It will not be easy but the Packers should make good on their status as online NFL betting favorites heading into Thursday.