How national writers and oddsmakers are picking the Packers vs. Bears Week 13 NFL game in Chicago

Mike Hart
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
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Aaron Rodgers is in jeopardy.

Imagine that.

Justin Fields is in limbo.

But the Chicago Bears quarterback might get well soon once he watches film of the Green Bay Packer defense, which has more holes than a soap opera plot.

But this is shaping up as a battle of backup quarterbacks. And let's face it, both offenses could be worse than rush hour traffic on Rush Street.

Nonetheless, the Packers are a 3-point favorite in the game, according to Tipico Sportsbook.

The NFL Week 13 game is scheduled for noon Sunday and can be seen on Fox.

Here's what the oddsmakers and writers say about the game:


The site's Football Power Index says the Packers have a 63.6% chance of winning. Those are much better odds than the chances of the Packer defense ever tackling Jalen Hurts again.

Caesars Sportsbook

The Packers are favored by 3 points.

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The Packers are 2.5-point favorites.

Adam Taylor McKillop wrote: "The Packers are losers in (seven of their last eight games) and a serious thumb injury to Aaron Rodgers has caused one of the worst statistical seasons of his career. The Bears also got smacked by Green Bay, 27-10, in Week 2 of the season. Justin Fields was unable to suit up for Chicago's game against the New York Jets in Week 12, losing by 21 points. If Fields does not suit up, bettors should be all over the Packers. Fields' presence makes this a close game, but I think the Packers escape with a win."


Green Bay is a 3-point favorite.

Pro Football Network

The Packers are favored by 2.5 points.

Kyle Yates wrote: "For the Packers, it all revolves around who will be under center in Week 12. Will we finally get to see Jordan Love start? Or will Rodgers gut through his multiple injuries and try to keep the Packers’ playoff hopes alive? At 4-8 now, this is the last chance that they have to string together some wins and get back in the hunt. The Packers made it a point of emphasis Sunday night to get the ground game working again, and it certainly helped keep them competitive against the Philadelphia Eagles. Aaron Jones and A.J. Dillon combined for 187 total yards last week against a solid Eagles defensive front, and that will need to continue in this matchup for the Packers to take care of business. Prediction: Packers 24, Bears 17."

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The Packers are a whopping 4-point favorite.

SI Sportsbook

Green Bay is favored by 2.5 points.


The Packers are favored by 3 points.

Iain MacMillen wrote: "The Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears only have pride to play for at this point of the NFL season. While that's not a surprise when it comes to the Bears, few people would have thought Aaron Rodgers and the Packers would be sitting at 4-8 heading into this Week 13 matchup. If you want to bet on the game before the quarterback situations are announced, lay the points on the Packers and hope we get an Aaron Rodgers vs. Trevor Siemian game."

It says take the Bears and the points.

Bill Speros wrote: "Neither team here will be in the playoffs. So this one is for pride. We like the Bears as the home dog if Fields is healthy enough to start."

CBS Sports

The Packers are 3.5-point favorites.

It wrote: "There is plenty of uncertainty with both of these NFC North clubs. Neither one of these teams has been a strong bet this year."

The Sporting News

The game is off the board.

Vinnie Iyer wrote: "The Packers aren't sure if Aaron Rodgers can go with his thumb and rib injuries. The Bears are concerned about Justin Fields' left shoulder. There's a bye for both teams in Week 14. This very well could be Jordan Love vs. Trevor Siemian, which means it's running game vs. running game vs. two bad run defenses. Advantage Packers with Aaron Jones and A.J. Dillon over the Bears with David Montgomery. Pick: Packers win 23-20."

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