Bet Bears Packers – Packers Can Seal Bears’ Fate With Win On Christmas Day
So we know that the Green Bay Packers will not get the chance to keep their dreams of a perfect season alive this Christmas, but they have to still be feeling happy with the presents under their tree in comparison with the lump of coal that the Chicago Bears could serve up to their fans. The struggling Bears have lost four straight to fall two games back of the final NFC Wild Card spot, and another loss as sports betting underdogs against their biggest rivals will ensure that they don’t get a shot at the playoffs this year, unless both the Detroit Lions and Atlanta Falcons win on Saturday to guarantee they won’t make it.
Chicago Bears @ Green Bay PackersSunday December 25, 2011 – 8:30 PM ET
Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wisconsin
NFL Betting Lines: Green Bay Packers – 13
While many are calling the first loss of the season a blessing in disguise for the defending Super Bowl champion Packers, the fact that Chicago head coach Lovie Smith continues to give Caleb Hanie his blessing as their starter could lead to his eventual release. Despite a number of capable veteran arms available around the league, Smith decided to stick with Hanie after Jay Cutler was injured, and the result has been one of the biggest collapses of the NFL season.
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In four starts this season for Chicago, Hanie has thrown just three touchdowns in comparison with nine interceptions, and still hasn’t clinched a single win. The loss of running back Matt Forte hasn’t helped the Bears’ offense, which has managed to hit the 20-point mark in just one of their four straight losses. While the Chicago defense was able to keep them in games early on, they were absolutely routed by the Seattle Seahawks in a 24-point loss last Sunday, and could be suffering from a tough morale hit following their collapse against Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos the week before last.
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There is no denying that the Packers have been the best team in football all year, but their loss to the Chiefs does raise some concerns. The point has been made that the Green Bay offensive line was banged up, as was wide receiver Greg Jennings, but the fact is that the Kansas City defense was able to get far too much pressure on quarterback Aaron Rodgers, and the Green Bay defense was not able to make plays in power formations. The Packers’ defense is used to Rodgers and the offense putting up a ton of points and forcing the opposition team to score, but if they do not get the ball and are forced to face power sets in the run defense, they could be in trouble.
Bet Bears Packers Preview: Outlook & PickEven with their vulnerabilities it is hard to imagine that the Packers won’t be able to at least cover the two-touchdown sportsbook spread against a Chicago team that just lost by 24 to the Seahawks. Green Bay is a proud team with a roster that burns to win every game, and they will make a statement as they bounce back this week with a big win.
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