By Michael Nagle
Thursday’s night football game of the NFL season sees two teams from the NFC North, Chicago Bears & Green Bay Packers, come face-to-face in game that should not be missed….if you fancy staying up till 1.20am to watch it on Sky Sports 1.
These are teams had contrasting fortunes in week one. Chicago inflicted a heavy defeat on the Colts while Green Bay lost at home to San Francisco. The Packers scored just two offensive touchdowns against the 49ers last week and their quarter back Aaron Rodgers had no time in the pockets to try and pick out his receivers. The Bears on the other hand consistently got to Indianapolis rookie quarter back Andrew Luck and will be hoping to put similar pressure on Rodgers this time round.
The short week for the Packers should leave them with a few problems adjusting their offensive line to try and protect Rodgers. On top of this their Number One wide receiver Greg Jennings is a major doubt for this game having suffered a groin injury last Sunday. If he doesn’t play it will be a big loss for the Pack.
If you watched San Francisco at Green Bay last week you’ll have noticed the 49ers seemed to regularly find receivers and blow the Packers defensive coverage.
I can see Chicago quarter-back Jay Cutler doing the same this week with such a huge target in 6’5 receiver Brandon Marshall to aim at. On top of that, the Bears pack an impressive 1-2 punch on the ground with Matt Forte and Michael Bush. Is it conceivable that the Super Bowl favourites from the start of the season could be 0-2 at home after two weeks?
I think it’s more than possible.
If having a bet you have to remember that games between these two fierce rivals are always close. All but one of the previous eight clashes have been decided by seven points or less.
All week all the money with Paddy Power and has been for Chicago on the handicap. Our line opened at Chicago (+6.0) last Monday and has moved to (+4.5) today.
This is a significant shift in four days. Although there is not as much value to be had now – I’m siding with Chicago (+4.5) 20/21 to push this game close and maybe even beat Green Bay.