NFL Betting Lines Packers vs Bears Sportsbook Betting

January 23rd, 2011 by

packers vs bearsWe’ve heard all week about the rich tradition of the two teams headed for the NFC Championship and the great history of the rivalry which has made for a great storyline but the truth is, when the Chicago Bears (12-5) and the Green Bay Packers (12-6) take the field in the 2011 NFC title game the history will be thrown out the window and it will be the teams’ defenses that win or lose this marquee NFL betting odds matchup.

The success of both of these teams this year begins and ends with their defenses and they’ve two of the best in the league. In scoring, ranking and overall defense few teams have been better than either the Bears or the Packers and fans looking to see a offense shootout in this game are probably delusional and will be greatly disappointed.

Kickoff for this Sunday matchup is set for 3:05 Eastern Time and SBG Global Sportsbook opened with the Packers as a 3.5-point favorite with an over/under total at 43.5.

Judging by the way these defenses’ have performed in the two regular season matchups the odds NFL bookmakers put together on the over/under (43.5) even seems a bit generous.

The Packers have allowed the 2nd fewest points in the NFL (15.0) and have held the Bears under that average in their two previous meeting (11.5 ppg). The Bears defense is 4th in the NFL in points allowed (17.9 ppg) and has held the pack to just 13.5 ppg in their two regular season meetings.

Further the Packers are 5th in the NFL in yards allowed (309.1 ypg) while the Bears are also among the best in the NFL in this category (8th in the NFL) allowing just 314.9 ypg. In overall defensive rankings the Pack comes in at #5 and the Bears slightly lower on the list at 10.

All these numbers go to show that these teams have made their living on the defensive side of the ball this year and with nasty sub-zero weather and freezing rain expected at Soldier Field on Sunday the first team to 20 points is most probably going to win this NFL gambling contest.

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