The resurgent Chicago Bears (3-2) return to the Windy City on Sunday to face their nemesis and archrival Green Bay Packers (4-1) in an NFC North Division battle at 1 p.m. ET (FOX).
The Bears are 4.5-point underdogs at three sportsbooks in Illinois — BetMGM, Caesars and DraftKings. They are moneyline underdogs at +160 (DraftKings), +170 (BetMGM) and +175 (Caesars).
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The Packers are moneyline favorites at -190 (DraftKings), -200 (BetMGM) and -210 (Caesars), with the over/under total points at 44 on all three.
Bears On a Roll
Chicago has won two straight and three of its last four games, highlighted by last week’s 20-9 road victory at Las Vegas in former Raiders coach Jon Gruden’s final game.
Bears quarterback Justin Fields completed 12-of-20 passes for 111 yards and had a 2-yard toss to Jesper Horsted in the first quarter to give the Bears a 7-3 lead — a lead they would never relinquish.
Green Bay edged Cincinnati on the road, 25-22, in overtime, as kicker Mason Crosby finally kicked a 49-yarder to win it. Crosby (who converted 4-of-7 field goal attempts on the day) missed field goals of 36, 51 and 40 yards in the final 2:14 of regulation and overtime before nailing the game winner.
The Packers have won four straight games since a season-opening 38-3 road loss at New Orleans on Sept. 12.
Quarterback Aaron Rodgers completed 27-of-39 passes for 344 yards with two TDs and one INT, and wide receiver Davante Adams had 11 receptions for 206 yards and one TD in the win over the Bengals.
Who Will Win?
Prediction: Rodgers has thrown for more than 1,100 yards since that season-opening loss and is starving to attack the Bears secondary.
Storied history is also on the side of the Packers, who have won 19 of their last 22 games against the Bears -- covering in 17 of those wins.
Look, the Bears are at home, and there is a different feel to this team with Fields behind center. He is growing and learning on the spot, being successful in doing so.
For Illinois gambling enthusiasts, the game will be close for maybe the first half. But there will be just too much Rodgers, Adams and a hungry defense looking to give the rookie QB a lesson. Packers 37, Bears 17.