After missing the last seven games, star quarterback Aaron Rodgers will be returning under center for the Green Bay Packers when they face rival Chicago Bears in a game that will decide which team will win the NFC North and move on to the NFL Playoffs.
Rodgers suffered a broken collarbone, curiously, in their previous meeting with the Bears on November 4, but will be back in uniform for the Packers, which lost that first match-up with Chicago, 27-to-20.
Sans their primary QB, Green Bay went 2-4-1 to drop out of the playoff picture but they’ll get one last shot at it in its final game of the regular season. Aside from Rodgers, the Packers may also be getting back wide receiver Randall Cobb back in action after missing the last 10 games because of a fractured right fibula.
The Packers would have been in a better position to make the playoffs but lost last week at home against the Pittsburgh Steelers, 38-to-31. Meanwhile, Chicago also had a chance to move ahead in the standings but the Philadelphia Eagles never game them a chance in Week 16 as the Bears suffered a 54-to-11 beating in Week 16.
The good news for both is that a bounce back win—or even just a tie for Chicago-- will them atop the North.
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Betting Lines: Green Bay Packers (+3) vs. Chicago Bears (O/U: 53.0)
Game time: 7:25 a.m. AEDT
Betting Against the Spread (ATS)
Green Bay Packers Trends
- Packers are 1-7 ATS in their last 8 games
- Packers are 12-4 ATS in their last 16 games vs. NFC North teams
- Packers are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games vs. NFC teams
- Packers are 14-6 ATS in their last 20 games in December
- Packers are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games vs. Chicago
Chicago Bears Trends
- Bears are 7-18-1 ATS in their last 26 games
- Bears are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games at home
- Bears are 7-19 ATS in their last 26 games vs. NFC teams
- Bears are 1-7 ATS in their last 8 games vs. NFC North teams
- Bears are 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games in December
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