Chicago at Green Bay Week 7 Betting Pick & Prediction

Posted by Peter Boysen on October 19, 2016 in

The Green Bay Packers finish a four-game home stand (actually five weeks, as they had the bye week during this run as well) with a Thursday night affair against the Chicago Bears. The Packers are now 4-2 after losing at home to Dallas on Sunday, 30-16, as four Packer turnovers and an off day from quarterback Aaron Rodgers doomed the Packers’ chances. The Bears led Jacksonville well into the fourth quarter on Sunday but lost to the Jaguars, 17-16. The Bears and Packers will meet for the 193rd time, making it the most played rivalry in the NFL. The Bears won the meeting at Lambeau Field last year by the score of 17-13. Check out all of our NFL picks for this week’s action.

Chicago at Green Bay Week 7 Betting Pick, Prediction & TV Info

When: Thursday, October 20, 2016, 8:25pm ET
Where: Lambeau Field, Green Bay, WI
TV: NFL Network
Radio: ChicagoGreen Bay
Live Stream: NFL Live
NFL Odds: Green Bay (-9), O/U 47

Why should you bet on the Bears?

Quarterback Brian Hoyer continues to put up big numbers each week, as he has now thrown for over 300 yards in four consecutive games, with six touchdowns and no picks. Cameron Meredith led the Bears with 11 receptions for 113 yards, and expect to see his numbers keep increasing with the season-ending injury of Kevin White. The Bears have struggled to find paydirt in the end zone, though, which explains why Hoyer puts up such big numbers but the Bears average an NFL-worst 16.8 points per game. If you bet on the Bears, you like Hoyer to find targets down the field just like Dak Prescott did on Sunday in the Dallas win — but you also like the Beras to push through the end zone enough to counteract the play of Aaron Rodgers.

Why should you put your money on the Packers?

The Packers turned the ball over an uncharacteristic four times on Sunday, with Aaron Rodgers fumbling once near the goal line and throwing another pick, and with the Pack fumbling two other times. Rodgers threw for 294 yards, but the Packers had to settle for field goals instead of touchdowns too often. Expect Eddie Lacy to miss Thursday’s game, but also expect Green Bay to come out with more energy than they showed against the Cowboys, when their offense heard boos from their home crowd, something that almost never happens in upper Wisconsin. The Bears don’t have the defense to contain Aaron Rodgers, so even if the game is close late, I like Rodgers to pull out the win.

Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

I like the way Hoyer is throwing the ball right now, but those red zone struggles are just too large to ignore in Green Bay. I predict a final score of Green Bay 24, Chicago 13.