Two weeks ago, the Green Bay Packers let me down in my play of the week when they "pushed" against the New York Giants. Last Sunday, it was Pittsburgh that took me down.
Last Sunday, I hit on two of three games but the Steelers were my top play. I easily won with New England and Buffalo.
So, will the Packers bounce back and play some high quality football the rest of the season and get back into serious Super Bowl contention, or will they continue to struggle and perhaps miss the playoffs? We'll find out on Thursday. If they can't dominate Chicago, then it might be a long season for the Green and Gold.
I'm not sure if the Packers are going to have a decent running game come Thursday, but they're going to need to be successful on the ground to whip the Bears.
Last week, my handicapping colleague Bri Bernhardt and myself both had Green Bay winning. Bernhardt had the Packers winning by six points, and I had them winning by one. For the season, I'm 4-1 straight up with the Packers, and Bernhardt is 3-2.
This week, I like the Packers to bounce back and stop Chicago. Aaron Rodgers has to have a big game sooner or later. Doesn't he?
I see Green Bay scoring a bunch of points and winning the game by a 30-16 score, easily covering the 9-point spread. Bernhardt has the Packers winning by a 26-17 score, going with Green Bay right on the number. That's the second time in three weeks she's picked the Packers right on the spread.
I'm not in love with any team this week, but I'm going to try and get lucky.
In $100 plays, give me Green Bay (minus-9) over Chicago, Detroit (minus-1) over Washington, Cincinnati (minus-9) over Cleveland, Buffalo (minus-3) over Miami, Atlanta (minus-6.5) over San Diego, Arizona (minus-1) over Seattle and Denver (minus-7) over Houston.
Starting bankroll: $5,000
Lost last week: $200
Current bankroll: $5,000