The Green Bay Packers begin their quest for another NFC North title but will do so without one of the key pieces of their offense, wide receiver Jordy Nelson. The seven-year NFL veteran tore an ACL in a preseason game at the Pittsburgh Steelers and will miss the entire 2015 season. Despite having Nelson on the sideline, Packers vs Bears odds still favor Green Bay to defeat Chicago by at least a touchdown (-7) while NFL picks for week 1 have the over/under total posted at a high scoring 50. And why not? The Green Bay Packers still have last year’s NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers at quarterback, Randall Cobb at wide receiver, and a strong running game with Eddie Lacy and James Starks in the backfield. Rodgers has also been almost unstoppable when playing at Soldier Field.
In his last four games against the Chicago Bears, Rodgers has completed 69.5 percent of his passes for 1,208 yards and 12 touchdowns. More importantly, in each of those four games, Rodgers led the Packers to victory. The Bears on the other hand, who will open the season at home for the sixth consecutive year, will bring a whole new look to Soldier Field. John Fox, fresh off four AFC West Division titles with the Denver Broncos, is the new head coach in Chicago. Fox and offensive coordinator Adam Gase will attempt to revive the career of starting quarterback Jay Cutler who will be a key factor if "DaBears" are to cover the 7-point spread as underdogs in Green Bay Packers vs Chicago Bears odds. Cutler will have the weapons to be very good on offense this season.
Matt Forte is one of the most underrated running backs in the NFL. He is productive both on the ground and as a pass receiver. Alshon Jeffery becomes the No. 1 target in the passing game with Brandon Marshall now playing for the New York Jets. He will pair with rookie Kevin White to give the Chicago Bears as a good a one-two receiving tandem as there is in the NFC. Fox will look to improve the Bears defense. He’ll have pass-rushing threat Jared Allen at one outside linebacker and two veteran safeties in Antrel Rolle and Ryan Mundy. It is unlikely that Chicago will be able to slow down the Packers offense but Green Bay will need to get some production from Davante Adams and Jeff Janis, Nelson’s replacements if the Packers are to win as favorites (-7) in NFL picks for week 1. The season opener (Sunday, September 13th) between the Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears can be seen live on FOX at 1:00pm EST from Soldier Field.