Week 2 kicks off with favored Packers battling Bears
After a disappointing start to the season in which they were held to just a pair of offensive touchdowns, Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers are right back in action Thursday night (8:20 pm Eastern) as big favorites against the arch-rival Chicago Bears at Lambeau Field.
Coming off a season in which they went 15-1 straight up and 11-5 against the spread before getting knocked out of the playoffs by the eventual Super Bowl champion New York Giants, the high-powered Packers' offense had trouble getting untracked against the 49ers in Week 1 as San Fran registered an impressive 30-22 victory as 6-point underdogs at Green Bay.
And the road doesn't get any easier this week despite the early money pouring in on the Packers, moving the Bears from as low as 4-point road dogs on the Week 2 opening lines to where they currently sit on Tuesday morning with the Packers getting a converted touchdown at some sportsbooks tracked by OddsShark.com.
Chicago came out firing on all cylinders in Week 1, pounding the rebuilding Indianapolis Colts 41-21 to easily cover the spread as double-digit chalk at Soldier Field. Bears QB Jay Cutler threw for 333 yards and two touchdowns against the Colts, with Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffrey hauling in the majors while racking up 119 and 80 yards respectively and combining for more than half of Cutler's 21 completions. Michael Bush barrelled into the end zone twice from a yard out and Matt Forte added a six-yard touchdown run.
The total is hovering around 50 points as of Tuesday morning, with eight of the past nine matchups between the Bears and the Packers resulting in an UNDER play. Green Bay is 7-2 ATS in its past nine battles against Chicago. The Packers defeated the Bears 35-21 as 13-point favorites at home on Christmas Day in 2011, and also covered as 4-point chalk in a 27-17 victory last September at Soldier Field.