The Green Bay Packers are coming off a big loss to the Dallas Cowboys. Aaron Rodgers and the Packers will not have too many days to rest. They will be kicking off the new week of the NFL season. The Chicago Bears heads to Green Bay to face off against NFC North division rival Packers on Thursday night.
According to CBS Sports, the Packers are coming into this game as a big favorite to win this game against the Bears. Green Bay opened up as a 10-point favorite. This game will be televised on CBS and NFL Network at 7:25 P.M Central time.
Both teams are coming off losses this past week. The Packers lost to the Cowboys 30-16. Green Bay’s offense turned the ball over four times in that game. Those turnovers played a big role in the loss.
Reaction from Sunday's tough loss to the Cowboys.
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Aaron Rodgers and the Packers do not seem to be the Super Bowl contenders that many thought they were entering the 2016 season. They have a 3-2 record, but it is to early to start panicking.
The Packers have the injury bug. The team has already lost running back James Starks to a knee injury. The thin secondary gets even thinner. Corner back Damarious Randall re-aggravated a groin injury. Wide receiver Davante Adams is being evaluated for a concussion. Right tackle Bryan Bulaga has a back injury.
As for bold predictions for the Packers, Aaron Rodgers may have a bounce back game and throw for 300 yards and two touchdowns. Running back Eddie Lacy will run for 50 yards. Wide receiver Jordy Nelson will break 100 yards receiving for the second time this season.
The Bears looked like they were about to beat the Jacksonville Jaguars last Sunday, but they allowed a touchdown in the closing minutes.
Chicago’s season has not been what they expected. They have a record of one win and five losses. The Bears are looking to turn around their season with a big win against the Packers.
The Bears are ranked last in points scored in the NFL. They will need find a way to get into the end zone instead of settling for field goals. Chicago has one of the best receivers in the league with Alshon Jeffery.
There is a slight chance that Jay Cutler will be ready to return for Week 7 from his thumb injury.
Brian Hoyer has done a decent job filling in for Jay Cutler. Hoyer does not throw too many interceptions, but he does not take too many chances by throwing the ball deep.
Last week, the Packers came in having the best run defense in the NFL, but they gave up 157 rushing yards to Ezekiel Elliott.
The Bears could be in line for an offensive breakout against Green Bay. The Packers’ secondary is very thin at the moment, and Alshon Jeffery and Cameron Meredith could have a field day.
Bold predictions for the Bears, Brian Hoyer will throw for over 300 yards for the fifth consecutive game. Alshon Jeffery and Cameron Meredith will each have 100 yards receiving.
The Green Bay Packers’ run defense shuts down the Bears running game.
The Packers are ranked second in the NFL in rushing yards allowed. Bears running back Jordan Howard is tied for 19th in rushing yards with 330 yards on 66 carries. Green Bay’s defense is primed to get back on track on Thursday night.
Aaron Rodgers and the Packers could very well get back on track this week against the Bears. For Chicago to have a chance of winning this game, they will need take advantage of Green Bay’s depleted secondary. Final score prediction: Green Bay 24, Chicago 19.
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