NFL Betting – Bears, Packers ready for explosive encounter

by on September 9, 2009

The NFL betting line for Sunday night’s Chicago-Green Bay battle could be one of the most played this weekend, as both have established fanbases with large expectations. There won’t be an empty seat in Lambeau Field for this one.

Bears vs Packers odds – Sunday, September 13, 8:20 PM ET

The move of Jay Cutler from Denver to Chicago threw a wrench into the online betting world, but it remains to be seen just how good Cutler can be without legitimate receiving help. Devin Hester is the Bears’ No.1 receiver and he’s good in space, but Cutler has been going to tight end Greg Olsen when he needs a first down. Also, the Bears drafted Earl Bennett, who played with Cutler at Vanderbilt. The Bears are also looking for Cutler to improve the defense by giving them some more time to rest. With talent like Brian Urlacher and Lance Briggs still around and able to make plays, the Bears shouldn’t have been as bad as they were in 2008.

The Packers’ first-team offense looked unreal during the preseason, and Aaron Rodgers looks like he’s even better than last year, when he had a pretty good season for his first full year as a starting pivot. He has the dependable Donald Driver and Greg Jennings to throw to, and Ryan Grant could be in line for a monster season, as this is his third year in the league. The defense was unpredictable after switching from the 4-3 to the 3-4, blitzing at every chance. With corners like Charles Woodson and Al Harris, the Packers can afford to blitz, but they run the risk of getting burned deep.

Handicapping software has the Packers as a 3.5-point favorite over their NFC North rivals, but the Bears had won four in a row at Lambeau before they were roasted 37-3 by the Packers last year. It’ll take a few games for Cutler to get completely comfortable with his receivers, while Rodgers is already there. The Bears will show glimpses what they could be, but there’ll be no surprises at Lambeau on Sunday. Take the Green Bay Packers in Sunday’s NFL picks.

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