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Thursday, September 28, 2017

NFL Odds: Bears-Packers on Thursday Night Football

The NFL’s longest-standing rivalry continues Thursday night (8:25 PM ET, CBS) when the Chicago Bears meet the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field.

These two teams have played each other 194 times since 1921, and after all that time it’s all even at 94-94-6 heading into their latest showdown. However, the Packers have won six of the last seven games, and they’re 7.5-point favorites at press time with a total of 45.5.

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Green Bay (2-1 SU, 1-2 ATS) is once again one of the better teams in the NFL, and arguably the most popular, but the Packers haven’t covered the spread in the last two games, so are the bookies putting a large -7.5 spread to collect Cheesehead fan money?

The Packers needed overtime to beat the Cincinnati Bengals 27-24 last Sunday as 8-point home favourites. The Packers lost yet another offensive lineman in that game: RT Kyle Murphy (foot) was placed on injured reserve Tuesday.

The Bears (1-2 SU, 2-1 ATS) got their first win of 2017 last Sunday in another overtime thriller, beating the Pittsburgh Steelers 23-17 as 7.5-point home underdogs.

But Chicago are also growing perilously thin on the offensive line; center Hroniss Grasu (hand) left the game early and remains iffy for Thursday, as does RG Josh Sitton (ribs). Safety Quintin Demps is out indefinitely as well with a broken forearm.

As for a pick - I've got the Green Bay Packers winning a close one with Lambeau Field and the Packer fans being the deciding factor.

Green Bay to win 21-17.

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