|Written by Michael|
Bet on the NFL In a true battle of the NFC North, the 2010 NFL season finale features the first place Chicago Bears, with an 11-4 record, on the road to take on their rivals, second place Green Bay Packers who have a 9-6 record going into Week 17.
The Bears have already secured their reign over the NFC North, so the pressure is seriously on the Packers for a win in order to move on to the playoffs this season. They have picked up the pace, last weekend beating the New York Giants 45-17, a big comeback from an unfortunate loss against the New England Patriots in week 15, 27-31. QB Aaron Rodgers threw for 404 yards last weekend and will need to put up the same kind of fight against the Bears defense this weekend, as they are ranked fourth in the NFL for scoring defense. The Bears pass defense on the other hand is only so-so, 17th in the league.
Since the Bears were able to take down the New York Jets they have moved up to the number two seed in their division and are close to securing a bye week in the playoffs. They recently resigned long snapper Patrick Mannelly and defensive tackle Matt Toeaina to multiyear contract extensions.
When betting on football note these interesting rivalry facts:
The Bears annd the Packers have played eachother more than any other two teams in the NFL ever! It is a rivalry that has lasted multiple generations, the fans a very passionate and very loyal. Betting lines have the Bears as the 6 point favorites in the grand finale matchup this weekend. The Packers are not thinking about the playoffs this weekend, their sole focus will be to beat the Bears. Otherwise their only hope of making it to the playoffs would be if the Giants lost to Washington and Tampa Bay lost to New Orleans, then New York, Tampa Bay and Green Bay would all finish with 9-7 records and the Packers would hold the tiebreaker. But coach McCarthy does not want it to come to that point, he wants the golden ticket while it’s still in their control.