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NFL Week 17 Game Preview: Chicago Bears vs. Green Bay Packers

Brian Urlacher is trying to keep Aaron Rodgers out of the playoffsSports Betting Overview:

There are a few reasons why the NFL betting online experts have the Packers as such a huge favorite in this game. One of them is an advantage that no other team in the league has and that is Lambeau Field and the Green Bay fans. Football betting experts know that the crowd makes a difference, especially a crowd as passionate and loud as the Green Bay fans.

The other main reason why the NFL predictions for this game so heavily favor the Packers is the way the Green Bay defense shut down the Giants passing game in week 16. The Bears have no running game beyond Matt Forte, so when the Packers take away the passing game they will have effectively shut down the Chicago offense. Another huge contributing factor to the spread in this game is momentum. The Packers are riding a huge wave of momentum that will carry them right to the playoffs.

Offense:
The Bears offense is starting to look like the old St. Louis Rams offense when Mike Martz was the head coach and Kurt Warner was the quarterback. The problem is that Jay Cutler is not Kurt Warner and Matt Forte is not Marshall Faulk. Cutler has a rifle for an arm, but his emotions sometimes get the best of him. One mistake by Cutler can lead to two and then three until the Bears find themselves in a huge hole. Matt Forte just does not have the offensive line he needs to make a difference in a game. Once Forte gets into the open field he is extremely dangerous. It is getting him there that is the problem.

Aaron Rodgers is on a roll, and he is complete command of the Packers’ offense. Even without tight end Jermichael Finley who is lost for the season, the Packers quarterback has effective outlets in wide receivers Donald Driver and Greg Jennings. The Packers have the same problem with their running game that the Bears have, but the big difference for the Packers is Rodgers.

Defense:
The Bears defense is one of the best defenses in the league at pressuring the quarterback and stuffing the run. Brian Urlacher, Julius Peppers and Tommie Harris create a wall that very few offensive lines can handle. Urlacher has been praising Peppers all season long, and Peppers has delivered in the clutch. The Bears secondary, however, still gives up big plays in the passing game. It does not happen often, but that is because of the pressure up front. But when the ball does get downfield, the Bears find it difficult to stop.

The Packers defense is just on a rampage that spilled all over the New York Giants. The Giants could not run or pass the ball, and the Packers defensive linemen were offering effective coverage of Giants receivers in the end zone on goal line stands. This is a diverse and athletic defense that will drive the Bears crazy all day long.

The Bottom Line:
If the Packers win this game then they are in the playoffs. When it is that cut and dry, it makes it easier on Aaron Rodgers, He knows what he has to do and he knows how to get the job done. If the Bears want to have a shot at the second seed in the NFC and the first round playoff bye then they need to win this game. But the Bears will have a lot of problems overcoming the momentum, and the crowd, that the Packers will bring to this game.

Pick: Green Bay Packers

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