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NFC Championship Preivew: Packers vs Bears

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The two teams doing battle on Sunday at Soldier Field in the NFC Championship game are the Green Bay Packers and the Chicago Bears. How do these guys match up? Here are some cold-hard facts. The Packers are another 6th seed going against a 2nd seed. They were 10-6 during the regular season, just a win off Chicago’s 11-5. While the two teams split this season’s series, Chicago rules supreme with a 92-83-6 overall record head-to-head against the Packers. The last game between the two teams was won by the Packers 10-3, a win which propelled them into the playoffs.

As usual, the best way to get a little bit of insight on a game is to take a look at the bookie’s lines and do a little reverse handicapping. The spread is set for -3.5 for the Packers, which means that right now, as many of the variables considered as possible, they’re the favorites. The total for the game is set to 43.5 points so bookmakers expect this to be a high-scoring affair.

The Packers are definitely riding a wave right now: they scored a franchise record 48 points in last week’s win to make it to the Championship Game. The score marked the second most points scored by a road team in a playoff game in the history of the NFL. There’s your explanation why the sportsbooks are looking forward to a high scoring game. Aaron Rodgers is definitely on fire, but so is LB Clay Matthews who had two sacks last week, to reach the 4 sacks mark in 3 playoff games.

Factors to keep an eye on in the enemy camp: QB Jay Cutler. He’s thrown for 4 touchdowns last week in his post season debut. The move made him the second ever QB in NFL history to score two rush and two pass TD’s in one playoff game. The Bears’ defense (ranked 30th in the league and 4th in points allowed) is another argument behind the bookmakers’ high points total projections.

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