After winning four of its first five games, Green Bay (4-1) travels to Soldier Field on Sunday for a meeting with the Chicago Bears (3-2).
A victory would give the Packers a comfortable lead in the NFC North. A loss would give Chicago and its rookie quarterback Justin Fields a heavy dose of confidence moving forward.
Recent history is on the Packers’ side, however. Green Bay has won nine of the last 10 clashes between the two teams and has lost just once at Soldier Field since 2011.
According to DraftKings Sportsbook, the Packers are seven-point favorites on the road.
What are the experts thinking?
Here’s this week’s predictions from around the web:
Barry Wilner of the Associated Press: Packers 26, Bears 23.
Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times: Packers 27, Bears 21. “Packers are not a great road team, but they have a future Hall of Fame quarterback and are the class of the NFC North. The Bears are home, but that won’t be enough for their rookie quarterback.”
NFL.com’s Gregg Rosenthal: Packers 27, Bears 13. “The Bears' offense is playing it close to the vest, trying to figure out what Justin Fields does best while letting a resurgent defense do the rest. Chicago's front of Khalil Mack, Robert Quinn and Bilal Nichols is controlling games and should keep Aaron Rodgers in check for another week. The Packers' offense is not moving the chains like it was last season, with Rodgers sometimes impatiently taking shots. Like they did against the Bengals, the Packers figure to sweat out another tense one, continuing to win games with a different style compared to most of Matt LaFleur's 30-7 run as head coach.”
Pete Prisco of CBSSports.com: Packers 28, Bears 17. “This actually is a big game in the division. The Bears have won two consecutive games to get to 3-2, while the Packers are 4-1 and leading the division. The Chicago defense impressed against Derek Carr on Sunday, but that won't be the case here. Aaron Rodgers will get the best of that defense. Even playing consecutive road games, the Packers take it.”
John Breech of CBSSports.com: Packers 27, Bears 20.
Will Brinson of CBSSports.com: Packers 24, Bears 21. “Chicago still has a top-five defense. The offense ... not so much. Rodgers will get his in Soldier Field.”
Jordan Dajani of CBSSports.com: Packers 27, Bears 24.
Jonathan Jones of CBSSports.com: Packers.
Bill Bender of the Sporting News: Packers 28, Bears 20. “Fields will make his first start against the Packers. Aaron Rodgers is 21-5 against the Bears, and that includes four straight victories. If Fields wants to endear himself to the fanbase, then this is the game to do it. The Bears have a top-10 statistical defense, but so do the Packers. A few turnovers offset a slow start for Green Bay on the road.”
Vinnie Iyer of the Sporting News: Packers 27, Bears 17. “The Packers' pass defense will be struggling for a while without Jaire Alexander, but the Bears' passing offense has been rather non-existent with Justin Fields. Chicago will run to stay in tit early but the game script will put the rookie first-rounder (who isn't running) into a discomfort zone. Green Bay's offensive line will help Aaron Rodgers get the ball out quickly against Khalil Mack and the pass rush and exploit a few shaky secondary spots. The Packers are only a game up against the Bears and know they need to get control of the NFC North before a tough second-half schedule and will play like it at Soldier Field.”
The Miami Herald’s Greg Cote: Packers 23, Bears 20. “It’s 203rd meeting in NFL’s oldest rivalry, and hard to say who’s got home-field edge considering Packers have won 10 of past 11 trips to Soldier Field. Bears not getting much offense yet from Justin Fields, but like Chitown defense to keep it inside bet line presuming Khalil Mack and Akiem Hicks (both questionable) play as expected.”
Gary Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Packers 26, Bears 23.
Don Brennan of the Toronto Sun: Packers 21, Bears 17.
Josh Schrock of NBC Sports Bay Area: Bears 26, Packers 24 (his upset of the week – note: he also had the Bengals over Green Bay as his upset pick last week). “Green Bay has been living dangerously over the past few weeks and I think it comes back to bite the Packers at Soldier Field. With Jaire Alexander and Za’Darius Smith both on IR, the Packers will struggle to contain Justin Fields who gets the first marquee win of his young NFL career. Just keep Matt Nagy away from anything important.”
Ben Rolfe of Pro Football Network: Packers 24, Bears 21. “Coming off an emotional roller coaster in Week 5, the Packers could be there for the taking for the Bears. Chicago has been widely derided, but they have a real chance to show they are serious players in the NFC. Unfortunately, the Bears have won just one of their last 10 games against the Packers. Even with a fresh QB under center, that kind of streak against one of the best in Aaron Rodgers will be hard to snap.”
Oliver Hodgkinson of Pro Football Network: Packers 24, Bears 19.
Philly Voice’s Jimmy Kempski: Packers.
Ken Schott of The Daily Gazette: Packers 34, Bears 17.
Pro Football Talk’s Michael David Smith and Mike Florio: MDS – Packers 24, Bears 14; Florio – Packers 28, Bears 20.
Ross Jackson and Cameron LaFontaine of Locked On Podcast: Jackson – Packers 27, Bears 24; LaFontaine – Packers 25, Bears 16.
Joe DiTullio and Cecil J. Walker III of The Game Haus: DiTullio – Packers; Walker – Packers.
Bleacher Report staff: Packers 28, Bears 17.
All four writers at Athlon Sports think the Packers will win.
All eight analysts at CBSSports.com take the Packers to win.
All seven writers at USA Today predict a Packers victory.
All five analysts at SI.com are picking the Packers.
Nine of 10 analysts at ESPN – Emmanuel Acho the lone dissenter (he also was on an island taking the Lions over Green Bay earlier this season) -- pick the Packers.