Packers vs. Bears Point Spread: NFL Predictions, Week 1 Odds

Payton Matthews | Updated Aug 30, 2019

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The NFL season kicks off with a classic rivalry game between the Bears and Packers on Thursday Night Football. The Bears are set as field-goal favourites.

Green Bay
13-3
AT
September 05, 2019, 8:20 PM ET
Soldier Field
Chicago
8-8
Pointspread +3 -105
Moneyline +141
Over / Under o +46.5

53%

Betting Action

47%

Pointspread -3 -115
Moneyline -169
Over / Under u +46.5

53%

Betting Action

47%

The 2019 NFL season begins Thursday night with the annual Kickoff Game, although it has a bit of a twist this year with the Green Bay Packers visiting the Chicago Bears, who are 3-point Sports Interaction favourites.

NFL Thursday Night Football Point Spread and Betting

Usually, the NFL season begins on a Thursday night with the reigning Super Bowl champion hosting the Kickoff Game. However, this is the NFL’s 100th anniversary season so it wanted to do something special. Thus, it shifted the champion Patriots to the Sunday night game in Week 1 and instead will go with Packers at Bears, the NFL’s oldest and arguably best rivalry. The Bears are also the only team celebrating its 100th season simultaneously with the league.

It’s the second straight year the teams open against one another. They did so on Sunday night last year at Lambeau Field. Chicago led 20-0 late in the third quarter, but a hobbled Aaron Rodgers rallied the Packers to a stunning 24-23 victory. That was about the high point of Green Bay’s season considering it missed the playoffs, and probably the low point of Chicago’s regular season considering it won the NFC North. The Bears did beat the Packers at Soldier Field in Week 15, 24-17, to clinch the division. Mitchell Trubisky threw for two scores and outplayed Rodgers, which isn’t something you will hear often.

The Packers are still 12-5 against the spread in the past 17 meetings. The total has gone over in five of the previous six in Chicago.

Green Bay Packers

Green Bay’s biggest off-season move was hiring former Titans offensive coordinator Matt LaFleur as their head coach. Mike McCarthy was fired following an embarrassing 20-17 home loss to the terrible Arizona Cardinals in Week 13 last year. Rodgers and LeFleur have butted heads a bit in terms of Rodgers’ ability to change plays at the line of scrimmage. That’s something worth watching. Green Bay largely focused on defence this off-season in adding linebackers Za’Darius Smith and Preston Smith in free agency as well as former Bears safety Adrian Amos. The team’s first-round pick was Michigan defensive lineman Rashan Gary. He was injured in Week 3 of the pre-season against the Raiders and it looked potentially serious, but Gary is OK. The Packers are 2-7-1 ATS in their past 10 road games.

Chicago Bears

The Bears were NFC North champions for the first time since 2010 last year and for the most part everyone is back. The major losses were defensive backs Amos and Bryce Callahan in free agency and defensive coordinator Vic Fangio to Oakland. Fangio was replaced by former Colts coach Chuck Pagano. He has big shoes to fill because that defence was easily the NFL’s best in 2018. Chicago has a top Offensive Rookie of the Year candidate in third-round running back David Montgomery from Iowa State. Neither receiver Anthony Miller nor top tight end Trey Burton played this pre-season due to injury but both are expected for Week 1. The Bears have covered seven straight division games. They are also this writer’s choice to win the NFC this season (obviously barring major injuries).

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