Chicago (4-6) at Green Bay (7-3)
When: Thursday, November 26th 2015
Where: Lambeau Field, Green Bay, WI
Time: 8:30 ET | TV: NBC
The Green Bay Packers got back on the winning track last week and now look to make it two in a row when they host the Chicago Bears on Thanksgiving night. Green Bay had lost three straight games to start November, but came back with a strong performance against first-place Minnesota last week. Aaron Rodgers wasn’t spectacular, completing only 47% of his passes, but threw two touchdowns and was not picked off in the 30-13 win. Eddie Lacy ran for 100 yards on 22 carries – his first game over 100 yards this season. Kicker Mason Crosby kicked five field goals and is now 17-for-19 on the season. The defense racked up six sacks on Tedd Bridgewater and forced an Adrian Petersen fumble. The Packers are now back in control of the NFC North with Chicago and Detroit on deck. Rodgers was 18-of-23 for 189 yards and three touchdowns in Green Bay’s week 1 win over Chicago 31-23. The Packers have now won 10 of the last 11 overall against the Bears. Lacy should be able to break 100 yards for the second straight week against a poor Chicago run defense.
The Chicago Bears looked as though they were climbing back into the playoff picture with two wins in a row San Diego and St. Louis, but they fell just short against Denver last week 17-15. Injuries on the offensive side have really hurt quarterback Jay Cutler and the Bears. Matt Forte is out for the season, but Jeremy Langford has filled in nicely for them until last week when he only mustered 25 yards on 13 carries. Wide receivers Alshon Jeffery and Eddie Royal have been hampered by injuries all season and have missed several games. The Bears have nothing at the wide receiver position after that. Cutler still relies on his big tight end Martellus Bennett who has 50 receptions this year, but is only averaging 8.5 yards a catch – the lowest in his three seasons in Chicago. Cutler has his work cut out for him tonight against a Packers team that has intercepted him 22 times in 12 career games. Chicago is just two games out of the playoffs with a relatively soft schedule coming up, but another loss would all but eliminate them.
Chicago is just a mess on offense right now despite the fact Cutler is having a decent year with what he’s got. The Packers are building back momentum after last week’s win over Minnesota and Rodgers is always good at home. I’ll take Green Bay in a route.
Pick: Packers -8.5