The Green Bay Packers host their NFC North-rival Chicago Bears on Thursday night, as the Packers look to rebound from their week 1 loss that ended their 13-game regular-season home winning streak. The Packers have confidence though since they have won four straight over the Bears, and the last three as favorites. Here are the NFL Point Spreads for Week 2’s Thursday Night Football Game. NFL sportsbooks have the Packers as -6 point home favorites over the Bears with the over/under set at 51 points. We recommend you check out the latest NFL Point Spreads heading into the second week of the 2012 NFL season.
Chicago blasted Indianapolis 41-21 during their Week 1 home opener. The reunion of QB Jay Cutler and WR Brandon Marshall paid immediate dividends as the former Denver Broncos worked extremely well together in their first game as Chicago teammates. Marshall registered 119 yards on nine receptions, including a 3-yard touchdown catch in the second quarter that put the Bears ahead for good. Matt Forte gained 80 yards on 16 carries and scored on a 6-yard run but was replaced in several goal-line situations by newcomer Michael Bush, who had a pair of 1-yard TDs.
The Bears could be without Pro Bowl CB Charles Tillman, who left Sunday’s game in the first quarter with a lower leg injury.
Aaron Rodgers gave his best explanation of what he thinks the Bears are doing defensively. “This defense has always been effective when you have guys like (Lance) Briggs and (Brian) Urlacher who’ve been mainstays there, (and) a solid nickel guy who can play in the slot in sub personnel and do a good job of reading run and pass and making plays on the ball,” he said. “I think D.J. Moore has more than proved he can do that.
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Green Bay dropped a 30-22 decision at home to San Francisco on Sunday. The Packers’ rebuilt defense looked eerily similar to last season’s disappointing unit, while their “improved” ground attack saw quarterback Aaron Rodgers emerge as the team’s leading rusher with 27 yards.
Green Bay needs a better performance from RB Cedric Benson, who gained just 18 yards on nine carries in his debut with the Packers. In Cincinnati he eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark three times in four years. Packers LB Clay Matthews, whose sack total dropped from 13.5 in 2010 to a mere six last year, recorded 2.5 in Sunday’s loss. WR Greg Jennings is considered questionable against the Bears Thursday as he is dealing with a groin injury.
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Recent Head to Head Trends to Consider:
Under is 8-1 in the last 9 meetings.
Favorite is 5-2 ATS in their last 7 meetings.
Bears are 2-7 ATS in their last 9 meetings.
Bears are 5-0-1 ATS in their last 6 games as a favorite of 0.5-3.0.
Over is 5-0 in Packers last 5 games as a home favorite of 3.5-10.0.
Chicago Bears vs Green Bay Packers
When: Thursday, September 13, 2012@8:20 PM ET
Pick: Packers -6