Chicago Bears at Green Bay Packers Week 1 NFL Picks & Predictions 9/9/2018
Sunday, September 9, 2018
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The Chicago Bears head to Lambeau Field to play the Green Bay Packers on Sunday, September 9, 2018. The opening line for this matchup has Green Bay as 8 point favorites. The total has been set at 47.5. The Bears were 8-7-1 against the spread last season and their over/under record was 4-12-0. The Packers were 7-9-0 against the spread and their over/under mark was 11-5-0.
Valuable Chicago Bears Betting Trends
The Chicago Bears were 4-12-0 against the over/under last season
The Chicago Bears were 8-7-1 against the spread last year
Important Green Bay Packers Betting Trends
The Green Bay Packers were 11-5-0 against the over/under last season
The Green Bay Packers were 7-9-0 against the spread last year
Key Chicago Bears Injuries
08/23/18 TE Adam Shaheen Ankle is out indefinitely
08/22/18 TE Dion Sims Concussion is questionable Sunday vs Green Bay
08/20/18 DB Deiondre' Hall Suspension is OUT Saturday vs Green Bay
08/19/18 LB Leonard Floyd Hand is questionable Sunday vs Green Bay
08/03/18 TE Zach Miller Knee is out for season
Key Green Bay Packers Injuries
08/10/18 LB Jake Ryan Knee IR
08/05/18 T David Bakhtiari Ankle is probable Sunday vs Chicago
08/03/18 T Bryan Bulaga Knee is questionable Sunday vs Chicago
08/03/18 S Kentrell Brice Ankle is questionable Sunday vs Chicago
07/07/18 RB Aaron Jones Suspension 2-game suspension (eligible to return 9/23 vs Washington)
Useful Offensive Statistics
The Chicago Bears were 29th in the National Football League in points scored with 264 last year. They ran 934 plays for 4,599 yards, which ranked them 30th in the NFL in total offense. The Bears averaged 4.9 yards per play, which was 26th in the league. As a team they accumulated a total of 266 1st downs last season, ranking them 32nd overall as an offensive unit. On the ground Chicago ran for 1,788 yards as a unit, which ranked 16th in the league. They ran 422 times, averaging 4.2 yards per rush as a unit. The Bears were penalized on offense 115 times for 943 yards last year, which had them 8th in the NFL in penalties. Mitch Trubisky passed for 2,193 yards last year. He completed 196 throws while attempting 330 passes for a completion percentage of 59.4%. His quarterback rating last season was 77.5. He averaged 11.2 yards per completion and 6.6 yards per pass attempt.
Chicago was 9th in the NFL in points surrendered on defense last year with 320. They gave up a total of 5,106 yards on D, which was 10th in the league. The Bears were 12th in yards per play allowed with 5.1. Their pass defense allowed 5.9 net yards per pass attempt, ranking them 13th in the National Football League. Opponent offenses completed 343 throws on 529 attempts against the Chicago Bears defense last season, ranking them 17th and 10th in the league. The Chicago pass defense also surrendered a total of 3,376 yards in the air, which was 7th overall in total pass defense. Their rushing defense gave up 432 attempts for 1,730 yards last season, putting them in 11th place in the NFL against the run. The Bears had 118 penalties for 910 yards on defense last year. That placed them 17th in the league. They allowed a score on 33.1% of possessions on defense, which was 13th in the NFL.
Special Teams Stats
Chicago was 20th in the NFL in punt returns with 32 last year. They totaled 337 punt return yards and averaged 10.5 yards per return, which was 3rd in the league. Their longest punt return last season was 61 yards. They returned 46 kicks for 969 yards on special teams, placing them 4th in kick return yardage. The Bears averaged 21.1 yards per kick return and had a long of 46 yards last season. They were 26th in the National Football League in all-purpose yards with 6,179. The Chicago Bears tried 22 field goals last season and made 16, which was 30th in the league. Their kickers had a FG percentage of 72.7%. Chicago Bears kickers made 93% of their extra points, going 26 for 28 last season. Their punters accumulated 4,087 yards on 87 punts, averaging 47 yards per punt. That ranked them 7th in the NFL in punting average.
Useful Offensive Statistics
The Green Bay Packers ran for 1,724 yards as a team last year, which ranked 17th in the NFL. They ran 386 times, averaging 4.5 yards per carry as a rushing unit. The Packers were penalized on offense 96 times for 789 yards last season, which had them 25th in the league in penalties. They were 21st in the NFL in points scored with 320. They ran 999 plays last season for 4,891 yards, which ranked them 26th in the league in total offense. The Packers averaged 4.9 yards per play, which was 25th in the National Football League. As a team they accumulated a total of 307 1st downs last year, placing them 18th overall as an offensive unit. Aaron Rodgers averaged 7 yards per pass attempt and 10.9 yards per completion last season. He completed 154 passes on 238 attempts for a completion percentage of 64.7%. His quarterback rating last year was 97.2. He threw for 1,675 yards.
The Packers rush defense allowed 464 attempts for 1,793 yards last year, putting them in 17th place in the league against the run. Green Bay committed 94 penalties for 832 yards on the defensive side of the ball last season. That ranked them 6th in the NFL. They gave up a score on 40.2% of possessions on defense, which was 31st in the league. They were 26th in the league in points allowed on defense with 384. They surrendered a total of 5,582 yards on D, which was 22nd in the NFL. The Packers were ranked 24th in yards per play allowed with 5.5. Their pass defense gave up 6.9 net yards per pass attempt, placing them 29th in the league as a unit. Opposing offenses completed 348 passes on 513 attempts against the Green Bay defense last season, placing them 21st and 6th in the National Football League. The Green Bay Packers pass defense also gave up a total of 3,789 yards through the air, which was 23rd overall in total pass defense.
Special Teams Stats
The Green Bay Packers attempted 19 field goals last season and made 15, which was 32nd in the National Football League. Their kickers had a field goal percentage of 78.9%. Green Bay kickers made 94% of their extra points, going 33 for 35 last year. Their punters totaled 3,155 yards on 71 punts, averaging 44.4 yards per punt. That placed them 20th in the NFL in punting average. Green Bay was ranked 29th in the league in punt returns last season with 27. They accumulated 289 punt return yards and averaged 10.7 yards per return, which was 2nd in the NFL. Their longest punt return last year was 65 yards. They returned 35 kicks for 761 yards on special teams, ranking 10th in kick return yardage. The Packers averaged 21.7 yards per kick return and had a long of 34 yards last year. They were 21st in the league in all-purpose yards with 6,306.
Who will win tonight's Bears/Packers NFL game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the Packers -8
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