Green Bay Packers (@2.45) vs Chicago Bears (@1.57)
25-08-2019

Our Prediction:

Chicago Bears will win

Green Bay Packers – Chicago Bears Match Prediction | 25-08-2019 19:20

Tarik Cohen added another 78 on the ground for Chicago.And the Bears' strength is the Packers' weakness. He'll get WR Randall Cobb back on Thursday night.He also knows the Bears rank 21st in net yards per attempt through three games and haven't managed an interception this season. Running back Jordan Howard had 138 of those and found the end zone twice, including the game-winner. He finished in the top two percent in the nation's most prestigious handicapping contest and has his pulse on NFL spreads. He knows there's a critical stat no one is thinking about that ultimately determines the point spread winner for Bears-Packers. White has to say. Rodgers is second in the NFL in yards (967), fourth in TDs (six), and first in completions (89). Now, he's going for 14 winning Packers picks in a row on "Thursday Night Football," and he's sharing it over at SportsLine. Seriously -- he has nailed 13 picks in a row for or against Green Bay. The Over-Under, or total number of points Vegas thinks will be scored in the game, is 44, down from its open of 45.5. But that doesn't mean the Packers cover. The Vegas line is Packers -7, meaning Vegas thinks Green Bay will win by a touchdown. Green Bay ranks in the bottom third of the league in run defense (113.7 yards per game), so White expects Chicago to attack the Pack with Howard and Cohen.So it's no surprise White is leaning toward the Under on "Thursday Night Football," but what about the spread, which he has made his name picking? Week 4 of the NFL season starts Thursday with the Green Bay Packers hosting the Chicago Bears in an NFC North showdown. Last week, White told SportsLine readers to hammer the Bengals +8.5 at Green Bay and nailed his prediction: "Aaron Rodgers is still going to win this game at home, but it'll be closer than people expect." The Packers won by three, but it took overtime and they failed to cover. Part of his success: White has years of experience analyzing NFL statistics and trends, dating all the way back to Super Bowl XXV. It has fallen a half-point from the opening line of Packers -7.5. And SportsLine data scientist Stephen Oh agrees with him.So which side should you back in Bears-Packers on "Thursday Night Football?" Visit SportsLine now to see what critical stat determines which side you need to be all over, all from the expert who has nailed his past 13 Packers picks, and find out. White knows Rodgers has been especially productive at home (58-15 record with a 108.8 QB rating) and against the Bears (14-4 record, 4,417 yards, 38 touchdowns, nine interceptions). Before you make any bets on Packers-Bears, you'll want to hear what SportsLine Stat Geek R.J. The Bears just beat the Pittsburgh Steelers in overtime and rushed for 220 yards. Amazingly, it was his 13th straight winning pick on Packers games against the spread.

It's possible the Bears could have a drop-off in 2019. It's not likely because they're too talented on defense and QB Mitchell Trubisky has a steady hand. However, nobody expected to Bears to acquire Khalil Mack either. 2019 outlook:Nobody expected the Bears to win the NFC North last year.

Week 7: vs. Oakland Raiders

The Vikings have the defense to get to a Super Bowl, but the offense has to be more consistent and it starts with the run game. 2019 outlook:The Vikings were one game away from reaching the playoffs, but they could not beat the Chicago Bears in the final game of the season.

Chicago won the division last season for the first time since 2010 behind first-year coach Matt Nagy and quarterback Mitchell Trubisky. The Bears begin the NFL's 100th year against the Packers in the Thursday night season-opener, a game that also will mark a new chapter in Green Bay with first-year coach Matt LaFleur. Despite a heartbreaking loss to the Eagles in the wild-card round of the playoffs, this team has playoff experience and will be in the mix with the other Super Bowl contenders.

2019 outlook:The Cowboys are coming off a strong 2018 season as they reached the divisional round of the playoffs. However, they know they could have accomplished more based on the way they played down the stretch. The Cowboys have a good nucleus of young players such as Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott, Jaylon Smith, Demarcus LawrenceandLeighton Vander Esch.

Week 17 at: Detroit Lions

2019 outlook:The Broncos have traded for Baltimore Ravens QB Joe Flacco, so they have their QB for the 2019 season. However, Broncos fans aren't happy with the move because they feel like Flacco's best years are behind him.

Drafting Darnell Savage and stealing Adrian Amos away from the Bears should improve the secondary as well. Just how much the defense improves might be the biggest determining factor in how good the Packers can be this season. Defensively, the Packers will rely on a healthy infusion of new faces to keep opponents out of the end zone. Preston and ZaDarius Smith were both signed in free agency to produce pressure off the edge.

However, the Raiders cut Nelson as soon as they traded for Antonio Brown and Nelson has now retired from the NFL. But this game will be interesting nonetheless because the Raiders have three first-round draft picks this year. So they have a chance to add a few more star players to the roster to go along with Brown. 2019 outlook:This was going to be an emotional game for Jordy Nelson because it would have been the first time playing at Lambeau Field since being cut by the Packers last year.

NFL predictions 2019: Packers-Bears rivalry will start, finish division race in NFC North

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The Panthers have the weapons to make a run at the Super Bowl. But the second half of the 2018 season was a disaster, losing the next seven games and they lost QB Cam Newton to a shoulder injury. 2019 outlook:The Panthers got off to a hot start last season as they won six of their first eight games.

Packers Roster

2019 outlook:The Patriots may have won the Super Bowl, but the Chiefs are arguably the best team in the NFL. Patrick Mahomes is the reigning MVP and the while the team wasn't great on defense, they have playmakers such as Chris Jonesandnewly signed Tyrann Mathieu.