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)

Minnesota Vikings at Chicago Bears Betting Preview

Monday, November 16, 2020, Soldier Field, Chicago, Illinois, 8:15 p.m. ET

Vikings at Bears Betting Preview: Vikings (-2.5/-120), Bears (+2.5/-102)

Minnesota Vikings

The Vikings (3-5) have looked like a different team the past two weeks, when they have posted back-to-back wins over the Green Bay Packers and Detroit Lions. Running back Dalvin Cook is the type of player whom opposing coaches refer to as a “game wrecker” because of his ability to change momentum on a single play.

How good has Cook been? Well, he rushed for 206 yards and two touchdowns last week, which followed a four-touchdown performance (three rushing, one receiving) a week earlier. Cook has 858 rushing yards, tops in the NFL through Week 9. His 12 rushing touchdowns are one shy of his career high, set last year.

Minnesota is not as reliable on defense, having allowed 40-plus points twice this season. However, the Vikings are trending in the right direction in that category, as well, as they are coming off a week in which they gave up a season-low 20 points to Detroit.

Chicago Bears

The Bears (5-4) are sliding, and questions are swirling about whether head coach Matt Nagy will give up play-calling duties this week. Nagy admitted that it is a possibility but indicated that he will not tell media members before the game whether he has taken himself out of the equation.

At this point, the Bears might be wise to try something different to shake up the offense. The team has lost three games in a row, and an injury-riddled offensive line has struggled badly to provide protection for veteran quarterback Nick Foles. Nagy’s playbook is complex, and his plays often require time for the quarterback to diagnose coverages and make reads down the field, and Foles simply is not getting enough time in the pocket to achieve that task.

That said, it is not all doom and gloom for Chicago. The Bears boast a top-tier defense with a superstar leader, linebacker Khalil Mack. If the offense can limit mistakes and put a couple touchdowns on the board, the defense is more than capable of doing its part.

Vikings at Bears Betting Pick for Week 10

These two teams know each other well, and division rivalries such as this one tend to produce close, low-scoring games. For reference, look no further than last season, when the Bears beat the Vikings 16-6 in Chicago and 21-19 in Minneapolis. Offensive barnburners, they were not.

Cook is electric, but he has averaged only 2.5 yards per carry against the Bears in his career. Still, it is hard to argue that Chicago’s anemic offense can find a way to outscore Minnesota. Could this game finally mark the end of Kirk Cousins’ 0-9 drought on “Monday Night Football”?

Vikings at Bears Betting Pick:

Vikings 20, Bears 16

Vikings at Bears Best Bet for Week 10

Both teams are desperate for a victory, and the Bears figure to play inspired defense at home in front of a national TV audience. But it ultimately might not matter whether Nagy or an assistant coach calls Chicago’s plays. Without a dependable offensive line, the plays could break down regardless, leading to another low-scoring affair.

Vikings at Bears Best Bet: UNDER 43.5 total points (-110)