Chicago Bears at Green Bay Packers Betting Preview

Sunday, November 29, 2020, Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wisconsin, 8:20 p.m. ET

Bears at Packers Betting Preview: Bears (+8.5/-110), Packers (-8.5/-110)

Chicago Bears

The 2020 Bears are a reason why “trust the process” makes sense. As they started 5-1, there was a sense that they weren’t that good, that they were winning because they were getting breaks in close games. Now that they’ve lost four in a row, a 5-5 record is a better reflection of their ability.

If Chicago is to rally for a playoff spot or even an NFC North title, it has to give its defense some help. Its offense has to at least be average, not such a joke that Bears fans have to lament when Cordarrelle Patterson doesn’t rip off big kickoff returns or their defense can’t return interceptions for scores.

Nick Foles’ sore hip could bring Mitchell Trubisky back to the lineup at quarterback, but how much difference can Trubisky make behind an offensive line that has of late experienced difficulty blocking against air, much less humans?

Green Bay Packers

The game within a game this week for the Packers works something like this: Stay out of third down if possible, even though quarterback Aaron Rodgers has perhaps the best receiver in the game on his side in Davante Adams.

To that end, don’t be shocked if coach Matt LaFleur scripts a run-heavy game plan early. The Bears’ defense is outstanding, but you can run on them, as they’re 14th in the league. And Green Bay has a very capable running back around in Aaron Jones, who has 534 yards on the ground.

While Jones has been slowed by injury, missing a couple of games, he might be due to break out for a big game. If the Packers can succeed on first or second down, they might take some pressure off Rodgers and keep Chicago’s pass rush from being a factor.

Bears at Packers Betting Pick for Week 12

It was once said of Bears founder George Halas that he had all the warmth of breaking bones. A night game on the Sunday after Thanksgiving in Green Bay would send a chill down the average fan’s spine — if fans were allowed at Lambeau Field.

In the made-for-TV studio north of Milwaukee, Chicago’s last realistic hope at an NFC North title freezes to death as the Packers’ defense becomes the latest to plunder a weak offensive line and pound whoever takes the snaps.

Bears at Packers Betting Pick: Packers 24, Bears 13.

Bears at Packers Best Bet for Week 12

With a top 10 defense and a bottom two offense, most Chicago games tend to go under the number. If a bettor wagered on the under for every Bears contest in 2020, he would have strolled to the pay window seven times in 10 games.

This looks like it will be eight in 11, unless the Chicago defense finally wears down under the immense pressure of propping up a weak offense, or said weak offense finally breaks out.

Bears at Packers Best Bet: UNDER 45 total points (-113)

Green Bay Packers at Indianapolis Colts Betting Preview

Sunday, November 22, 2020, Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, 4:25 p.m. ET

Packers at Colts Betting Preview: Packers (+2,5/-105), Colts (-2.5/-115)

Green Bay Packers

Co-owners of the NFC’s best record despite steady injury concerns, the Packers (7-2) may have close to a full complement at their disposal. Receiver Allen Lazard was activated from injured reserve this week following his recovery from recent core-muscle surgery, while fellow receiver Davante Adams is expected to suit up after aggravating a previous ankle injury in the Packers’ 24-20 home win against Jacksonville in Week 10.

The Packers have continued winning despite a shaky defense that is tied for 30th in the NFL with 0.8 turnovers forced per game and 27th in opponent passer rating. The unit could receive a boost, however, as starting cornerback Kevin King is expected back after missing the past five games with a quad injury.

Quarterback Aaron Rodgers ranks second in the league with 26 touchdown passes and has thrown just three interceptions while completing 67.8 percent of his throws.

Indianapolis Colts

The Colts grabbed the AFC South tiebreaker lead with last week’s 34-17 road victory at Tennessee, and enter Sunday’s meeting with a few extra days of rest after beginning the Week 10 slate on a Thursday.

Indianapolis (6-3) excelled down the stretch against the Titans behind a no-huddle attack piloted by veteran quarterback Philip Rivers, who was 29-for-39 passing for 308 yards and a touchdown. Rivers again will look to utilize his check-downs when needed.

Running back Nyheim Hines leads the Colts with 33 receptions as the team tries to generate a more consistent running attack. After suffering their first home loss of the season against Baltimore in Week 9, the Colts will look to keep winning behind a top-ranked defense led by linebacker Darius Leonard.

Packers at Colts Betting Pick for Week 11

The Colts seem to fare as Rivers does. He has 10 touchdowns and two interceptions in the team’s six victories, but just one TD against five interceptions in the three losses.

If the Packers’ jelling pass rush and improving secondary can bait Rivers into a pick or two, that could be the difference in what shapes up as a shootout in Indy.

Packers at Colts Betting Pick: Packers 34, Colts 28

Packers at Colts Best Bet for Week 11

Rodgers with a (mostly) full stable of playmakers for a game played indoors? That figures to favor the Packers despite the hefty ranking of the Indy ‘D.’

Look for the teams to trade their share of points, yards and gutsy play-calls. Coaches Frank Reich of Indianapolis and Matt LaFleur of Green Bay both aren’t shy about going for it on fourth down.

Packers at Colts Best Bet: OVER 51 total points (-115)