The 2022 NFL season is in full swing with Week 2 right around the corner. One of the upcoming NFL Week 2 matchups to keep an eye on is an NFC North showdown between the Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers. FanDuel Sportsbook lists the Packers as heavy 9.5-point favorites with -114 odds to cover the spread.
Even if the Packers are the clear favorites, don't count the Bears out. They surprised a lot of people by beating a Super Bowl contender in the San Francisco 49ers last week. Considering how Green Bay performed in Week 1, the door is open for Chicago to shock people yet again.
Here are three reasons why the Bears will upset the Packers in Week 2.
Bears vs Packers Week 2
1. Packers' Offense Looked Terrible in Week 1
Last week proved that Davante Adams' offseason depature had a negative effect on the Packers' offense. Aaron Rodgers couldn't find any chemistry with his wide receivers, highlighted by the fact that running back A.J. Dillon was the team's passing yards leader with 46. Green Bay averaged just 5.5 yards on 61 offensive plays and also turned the ball over twice. By the final whistle, the Packers scored only seven points. While the Bears' offense didn't look fantastic either, they have the rain and poor field conditions as excuses, whereas the Packers don't. Chicago's defense also played well in Week 1, which could spell disaster for Green Bay if the offense can't figure out how to move the ball more efficiently.
2. Bears' Defense is Promising
The Bears' defense last week was a perfect example of bending, but not breaking. While they gave up 331 total yards in Week 1, the Bears held the 49ers to just 10 points — including only three in the second half. Chicago's defenders also forced San Francisco to turn the ball over twice and also go 0-of-2 on fourth-down attempts. While the Bears have the opportunity to disrupt Green Bay's offense after Rodgers was sacked four times for 33 yards last week. Bears rookie defensive end Dominique Robinson could give Rodgers a headache after racking up seven tackles, 1.5 sacks and a pair of quarterback hits in his NFL debut. Assuming that Chicago's D can repeat last week's performance in more favorable weather conditions, an upset is possible.
3. Packers are Banged Up
The Packers' hurt ego isn't the only injury they're dealing with after their opening week loss. A good portion of their roster is quite banged up. Linebackers Krys Barnes (ankle) and Quay Walker (shoulder), as well as cornerback Keisean Nixon (shoulder) and guard Jon Runyan (concussion) all got hurt in the loss to the Vikings. That's not even to mention that No. 1 WR Allen Lazard (ankle) and offensive tackle David Bakhtiari (knee) didn't even suit up in Week 1. It's hard to imagine the Packers playing up to their full potential if even half of those key players are absent in Week 2. With the Bears having the healthier roster, they must take advantage of any of Green Bay's holes to secure the upset win.
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