The NFL regular season gets underway with a good slate of games this weekend, and one interesting matchup sees the Chicago Bears travel to Green Bay to take on the Packers on Sunday. The home side are the favourites here and rightfully so, although I don’t think there is too much between them. The Packers have more experience and a superstar in quarterback Aaron Rodgers, but the Bears are young and improving and will be looking to open up the holes that are still to be seen in the Packers defensive unit and you can wager before kick of and on the Bovada in pay betting platform.
Having Aaron Rodgers on the team automatically makes Green Bay of interest, and spoken about as potential Super Bowl winners but as we saw last season, he can’t do it all alone. They missed the playoffs for the first time since 2008, and their losing record of 7-9 is something they will be desperate to chance this season. The loss of Jordy Nelson is not ideal, but Devante Adams has been crying out for a bigger role, and he looks set for a good season linking up with Rodgers, which will hopefully cover the hole left by Nelson.
The Bears have been trying to rebuild their franchise for the past few seasons and look to have made further steps forward this summer. They are aiming to make the playoffs for the first time since 2010, and they are hoping to have a winning record for the first time since 2012. There is a lot to look forward to, but equally, fans are beginning to lose patience with the franchise. Mitch Trubisky is the quarterback tasked with transforming this Bears team into one that contends, and his first task isn’t an easy one, to outplay and beat Aaron Rodgers.
There are question marks hanging over both of these franchises and both would love nothing more than a win on the opening weekend to kick-start their season. The Packers have home field advantage here and that can swing the game in their favour, I don’t think there is much between them, and I still think the Packers have plenty of questions to answer before they can be spoken about as contenders this season.
Having said that, I think they will get off to a winning start here, and they can also cover the handicap line, winning this game by around 10 points against the Bears.