Green Bay Packers at Chicago Bears: 1/3/21 NFL Picks and Prediction
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Chicago Bears (8-7) vs Green Bay Packers (12-3)
Game Info: Sunday, January 3, 2021 at 4:25 pm (Soldier Field)
Betting Odds: Chicago Bears +5.5 -- Over/Under: 49 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Green Bay Packers will travel to Soldier Field to take on the Chicago Bears this Sunday afternoon in NFL action.
The Green Bay Packers won their 5th straight game and improved to 12-3 on the season after defeating the Tennessee Titans, 40-14, this past Sunday night. Green Bay had no trouble generating offense through the air and on the ground against the Titans and put the game out of reach after a 30-yard TD run by AJ Dillon gave the Packers a 33-14 lead with 3:35 left in the 3rd quarter. Green Bay outgained Tennessee by a 448-260 margin and also won the turnover margin by a 2-1 margin. Leading the way for the Packers was Aaron Rodgers who completed 21 of 25 passes for 231 yards, 4 TD, & 1 INT.
On the season, Green Bay is averaging 31.6 ppg on 406.5 total yards per game (270.6 passing yds/g; 135.9 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Green Bay has been led by QB Aaron Rodgers who has completed 70.3% of his passes for 4,059 yards (279.9 passing yds/g), 44 TD, & 5 INT. The top receiving threats for the Packers have been Davante Adams (109 rec, 1,328 yards, 17 TD), Marquez Valdes-Scantling (31 rec, 603 yards, 5 TD), Robert Tonyan (50 rec, 568 yards, 10 TD), and Allen Lazard (31 rec, 434 yards, 3 TD). Leading the way for the Packers backfield has been the duo of Aaron Jones (190 att, 1,062 yards, 8 TD) & Jamall Williams (114 att, 479 yards, 2 TD). Williams missed last game due to injury, however, the Packers have a solid 3rd RB in AJ Dillon who 124 rushing yards & 2 TD’s against the Titans.
Defensively, Green Bay is allowing their opponents to average 23.5 ppg on 349.2 total yards per game (236.1 passing yds/g; 113.1 rushing yds/g).
The Chicago Bears won their 3rd straight game and improved to 8-7 on the season after defeating the Jacksonville Jaguars, 41-17, this past Sunday. Chicago dominated Jacksonville on both ends of the field and had no trouble securing the victory after 21-unanswered points in the 3rd quarter gave the Bears a 34-10 lead. Chicago outgained Jacksonville by a 391-279 margin and won the turnover battle by a 2-1 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Bears was QB Mitchell Trubisky who completed 24 of 35 passes for 265 yards, 2 TD, & 1 INT while also adding a rushing TD.
On the season, Chicago is averaging 23.7 ppg on 347.5 total yards per game (244.9 passing yds/g; 102.6 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Chicago is led by QB Mitchell Trubisky who has completed 65.1% of his passes for 1,803 yards (219.6 passing yds/g), 16 TD, & 7 INT. The top receiving threats for the Bears have been Allen Robinson II (100 rec, 1,213 yards, 6 TD), Darnell Mooney (50 rec, 538 yards, 4 TD), Anthony Miller (47 rec, 472 yards, 2 TD), and Jimmy Graham (48 rec, 451 yards, 8 TD). Leading the way for the Bears has been David Montgomery who had 1,001 yards & 7 TD on 255 att while also hauling in 45 receptions for 375 yards & 2 TD.
Defensively, Chicago is allowing their opponents to average 22.3 ppg on 362.3 total yards per game (246.6 passing yds/g; 115.7 rushing yds/g).
The Packers are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 January games and 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games vs. a team with a winning record. The Bears are 7-2-1 ATS in their last 10 home games vs. a team with a winning road record and 14-5-1 ATS in their last 20 games as a home underdog.
This should be a fun game to watch on Sunday as both the Packers and the Bears have plenty to play for in this game as Green Bay is trying to clinch the top seed in the NFC while the Bears are trying to hold on to the last playoff slot. Green Bay’s offense has looked unstoppable as of late, however, this is a Bears team that is very familiar with this Packers roster and although it’s hard to trust both Mitchell Trubisky & David Montgomery to continue their solid run, I think this game comes down to a possession late and I think the play here is to take the Bears at home with the points. Good Luck!