Chicago Bears (1-2 SU, 2-1 ATS, 1-2 O/U) at Green Bay Packers (2-1 SU, 1-2 ATS, 2-1 O/U)
When and Where: Thursday, Sept. 28, Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wisc., 8:25pmET
Line: Green Bay -7
The Chicago Bears go into one of the toughest stadiums to play when they meet the Packers from Lambeau Field on Thursday night. The Bears are coming off a huge upset over Pittsburgh at home, 23-17 in overtime. Green Bay had to come back to beat Cincinnati at home, also in overtime, 27-24. Last season, the Packers won both games, by three on the road and by 16 at home.
Howard, Cohen lead Bears over Steelers
Jordan Howard scored on a 19-yard touchdown run in overtime to lead Chicago over Pittsburgh in a game that saw the Bears blew a 17-7 lead before scoring in overtime. Howard was set by an electrifying run by rookie Tarik Cohen, who ran for what appeared to be a 73-yard game-winning touchdown. But he was ruled out at the Pittsburgh 37. The Bears found a way to score after that, as Howard provided the winning score. He rushed for 138 yards on 23 carries with two scores, while Cohen added 78 yards on 12 carries. That’s Chicago’s strength right now because their passing game has been hampered by injuries at wide receiver. Case in point, Mike Glennon completed 19 of 22 passes of the short variety for 101 yards on just 4.6 yards per pass. He was also sacked twice and threw a pick (74.2 QBR). They also blocked a field goal late in the second quarter and nearly returned for a touchdown. Yet, for some reason, Marcus Cooper decided to slow down and was stripped of the ball before he reached the end zone. Somehow, the ball was batted out of bounds by a Steelers player (holder Jordan Berry) and the Bears were awarded the ball at the one-yard line. After a false start, with no time left, they were forced to kick a field goal in a bizarre end of the half.
Defensively, the Bears forced two turnovers (both fumbles) and held the talented Steelers to 22 passing yards and 70 rushing yards. Danny Trevathan led Chicago with 10 tackles including eight solo.
Rodgers pulls another one out
It wasn’t a sterling Aaron Rodgers performance but it was a typical ending. He was running for his life most of the night, getting sacked six times and throwing a pick. But he got the job done in overtime and also brought the Packers back from a 21-7 deficit after a listless first half against an 0-2 Cincinnati team. But at the end, Rodgers hit Jordy Nelson for a 3-yard touchdown pass with 17 seconds left to tie the game at 24-24. In overtime, after a stop by the Green Bay defense, Rodgers hit Geronimo Allison for a 72-yard pass to set up a Mason Crosby 27-yard field goal for the 27-24 win. Rodgers threw for 313 yards on 28 of 42 with three TDs (102.6 QBR). The Packers had no running game, as they were held to just 64 rushing yards on 17 carries. Defensively, they struggled in the first half, but wound up holding the Bengals to 301 yards, including 191 in the air though Andy Dalton was a very accurate 21 of 27.
Safety Josh Jones had an outstanding game for the Packers with 12 tackles, two sacks and three TFLs.
Green Bay is:
- 2-7 ATS last 9 after allowing more than 30 points in their previous game.
Just not very impressed with Green Bay right now. Their offensive line is a mess as a very mobile Rodgers has to run for his life every game. The Bears have an excellent groud attack and the Packers can be run on. Expect this to be a close one.
Chicago is going to try and keep the ball on the ground, to keep it away from Rodgers. The Packers are not hitting on all cylinders right now and the Bears are not very explosive. Green Bay is 11-5 Under last 16 home games. The Bears are 4-1 Under their last 5 trips to Green Bay.