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Can You Trust The Green Bay Packers As Underdogs vs The NFC North?

Green Bay Packers Underdogs NFC North 2019 Season

We’ve finally made it to Week 1 of the 2019 NFL season and schedule makers treated us to a treat for the opener with an NFC North matchup featuring the Green Bay Packers and the Chicago Bears for Thursday Night Football.

With Aaron Rodgers at quarterback, the Packers are usually the darlings of their division but they opened as 4-point underdogs to the Bears on the road.

The Packers aren’t used to being in this spot as they’ve only been an underdog nine times with Rodgers as the starter vs NFC North teams. In those nine games, the Packers are 1-7-1 SU and 4-5 ATS.

See for yourself with the game log table below:

DateOpponentGameResultScoreATSSpreadOUTotal
December 16, 2018@ChicagoREGL24-17L+5.5U46.5
November 25, 2018@MinnesotaREGL24-17L+3.5U48.5
October 7, 2018@DetroitREGL31-23L+1O50
September 16, 2018vs MinnesotaREGT29-29W+1.5O45
November 22, 2015@MinnesotaREGW30-13W+1U45
September 21, 2014@DetroitREGL19-17L+1U51.5
October 5, 2009@MinnesotaREGL30-23L+5O46.5
December 22, 2008@ChicagoREGL20-17W+4.5U40
November 9, 2008@MinnesotaREGL28-27W+2.5O44.5

So, what does it mean? It means that the Bears, Lions and Vikings may have finally caught up to the Packers and the cheeseheads can’t think it’s an absolute certainty that they’ll go on the road and win divisional games.

For reference, Green Bay was only an underdog once at home in the 2018 season – in Week 2, when bettors were uncertain if Rodgers would play because of his leg injury from Week 1. They eventually covered in what finished in a 29-29 tie with the Vikings.

Packers’ Road Woes On Full Display in 2018

It’s no secret that the Packers were one of the worst road teams in the NFL last season. Green Bay finished 1-7 SU and 2-5-1 ATS away from Lambeau Field in 2018 and went 0-3 SU and ATS vs NFC North squads.

The Packers offense took a huge nosedive with Rodgers ailing due to his leg injury as they averaged 23.5 points per game, which was the Pack’s lowest mark with Rodgers as the starter since he took over from Brett Favre in 2008.

That mark dropped to 20.2 in road games last season, with the Packers failing to top 20 points in four of those matchups. Rodgers may be the most talented quarterback in the NFL but it’s clear that the Packers go as he goes. If he isn’t able to lift this offense from the depths, these struggles on the road won’t be going anywhere.

Be sure to check out our betting preview for Packers-Bears to get more essential information for your bets.