On August 10, at Soldier Field in Chicago, the Green Bay Packers and the Chicago Bears will kick off their 2023 NFL regular seasons. It will start at 4:25 PM ET (FOX). Today we will examine the odds for the Packers vs. Bears game at BetMGM Sportsbook and provide some professional NFL predictions and picks.
As QB Jordan Love steps in for the late QB Aaron Rodgers, the Packers start a new era in the team’s life. After Rodgers tested positive for COVID on November 7, 2021, at Kansas City, it is technically Love’s second professional NFL start.
The Bears need some luck. In his NFL tenure, Packers head coach Matt LaFleur has an 8-for-8 record versus the Bears. By trading for WR DJ Moore from the Carolina Panthers, the Bears gave QB Justin Fields a reliable downfield threat.
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Odds for Bears vs. Packers
These are the odds that were provided by BetMGM Sportsbook:
• ML: Packers +105 (wager $100 to win $105) | Bears -125 (wager $125 to win $100).
• ATS: Packers +1.5 (-110) | Bears -1.5 (-110).
• O/U: 41.5 (O: -110 | U: -110).
Bears vs. Packers: Key injuries
• The Packers’ WR Romeo Doubs (hamstring) is in doubt;
• The Packers’ WR Christian Watson (hamstring) is out of action;
• The Bear’s TE Robert Tonyan (back) is in doubt;
Bears vs. Packers Predictions and Picks
Bears 23, Packers 19
As the Packers (-105) enter Week 1 shorthanded, the BEARS (-125) will end the run.
Love will take the helm, but Watson’s departure is critical for the offense as the new quarterback must navigate without his top wideout. And it would be a major issue for Love if Doubs was likewise out of action.
Given that it costs a little less, the BEARS -1.5 (-110) is a superior choice when placing a modest number of points. If you prefer Chicago, it makes more sense to wager the spread rather than simply play it straight up, unless you think the Bears will win by only one point.
OVER – The lean is 41.5 (-110); therefore, proceed with extreme caution.
In the last three games of this series, the Over has won two of them. The Packers still have the adaptable RB Aaron Jones, but they will struggle to score without Watson on the field.
With Fields, RBs Khalil Herbert and D’Onta Foreman, the Bears can run the ball well. We should see an increase in scoring in Chitown if Moore is added to the attack, providing the team with a real downfield threat.