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NFL Week 2: Thursday Night Football Preview

September 12, 2012

Chicago at Green Bay -6 OvUn 51 Thursday September 13th, 8:20 EST

The Bears looked impressive in Week 1, decimating a Colts’ team that really didn’t stand a chance late in the game. The Packers, on the other hand, fell at home to the 49ers, in a game that was not as close as the score line indicated.

The Bears took it to Indy, and picked off rookie Andrew Luck 3 times. Cutler looked at home in the Bears’ new offense, and loved having his former team mate Brandon Marshall back on the field. Marshall was the dominant force in the game, catching 9 balls for 119 yards and a touchdown.

The Packers weren’t able to do much on Sunday, as they were stifled most of the day by what could possibly be this year’s number one defense. Rodgers still threw for over 300 yards, but most came at the end of the game, the Packers only scored 15 offensive points.

The Line

The spread and total opened at -6 and 50.5, respectively. Both have been trending upwards, and some books have the Pack at -7 already.

The Play

This should be a tight divisional game which we could easily see coming down to a last second field goal. The Packers have owned the Bears in recent meetings, but this Bears team is different than before. Offensively, they have tons of weapons, Marshall, Forte and Jeffrey all impressed Week 1. The Bears defense appears to be playing well and healthy at the same time.

The Packers have a serious lack of a running game, and while their defense looks good on paper – they clearly they have some serious problems. The 49ers shredded them for over 170 rushing yards, and Alex Smith was locked in, completing nearly 77% of his passes.

Even though this is Lambeau after a loss, I don’t think the Packers can stop the Bears and match them punch for punch offensively. The Packers lack a running game, and have a terrible defense, two things you need to go fair in this league. We’ve gone for the Bears at +6, available at the leading US friendly sportsbook – www.topbet.eu

About the author

Eric Roberts
Eric Roberts

Sports Journalist

Eric has been a sports journalist for over 20 years and has travelled the world covering top sporting events for a number of publications. He also has a passion for betting and uses his in-depth knowledge of the sports world to pinpoint outstanding odds and value betting opportunities.