This Thursday more than just your ordinary football game

This Thursday more than just your ordinary football game

September 27, 2017 10:09 AM


Does the fact that the Bears and the Packers are tied at 93 -93 in their lifetime series matter?  You bet it matters.

This Thursday night is more than just your ordinary primetime football game, it’s a rivalry that dates back to what feels like could be the beginning of time, in football years that is.

While doing some research for this article I came across some pretty fascinating stuff, including a photo of an original program from the Packers’ game day dated 1925, against Dayton, Ohio. I also learned about Ed “Curly” Lambeau after reading excerpts from a book, The Packer Experience: A Year-by-Year Chronicle of the Green Bay Packers, by Lew Freedman. 

Fascinating as it was for me to read all about the Packers of yesteryear, this is 2017, and what matters is now.  Green Bay opened as -7.5 favorites, with a total of 45.5.  If you trust computers to do your picks, then the odds may favor the Packers to come out on top in the neighborhood of 26-14, which would put the total ‘under the predicted number.

It would also have the Packers with a win and a cover.

I hate taking the ‘under, because I’m a true fan of the game and I love watching ‘til it’s over.  The Packers most recent victory is a perfect example of how football games are often won in the fourth quarter.  This game will have the wonderfulness of being played at Lambeau where fans are often decked out in their cheesehead garb, rooting for their team.  The Packers have drive, momentum and unity is expected in what is likely to be a close game, which might and hopefully will come down to the wire with the Packers on top, 24-17.

If you’re going to take the Packers, look for a spread of seven or less so you don’t get screwed by the hook, and consider the ‘under when playing a total.  Just because I don’t like playing the ‘under, doesn’t mean it’s not the better bet. It might be a crapshoot this week, and I feel a bit more comfortable choosing a side. 

If the line closes 7.5, I would likely take the Bears and the points.