NFL Free Pick: GB/CHI

The Monday night matchup pits NFC North rivals against each other when the Chicago Bears play host to the Green Bay Packers.

Our team of writers and handicappers break down the matchup and hand out a Free NFL Pick for Week 16.

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Oddsmakers from online sports book Sportsbook.com have made the Bears -4 point spread favorite. The over/under for this game has been set at 41 total points.

Key Trend: Green Bay is just 1-4 against the spread in its last five games while the over has covered in 16 of the Packers’ last 23 games and 13 of their 19 last 19 games when playing on the road against Chicago.

Key Stat: The Bears have stifled opponents’ running games this season, holding them to just 93.1 yards per game. The Packers, meanwhile, have been shredded on the ground, allowing 137.8.

Game Outlook: The fate of the Bears could be determined long before this game kicks off on Monday night. If the Vikings beat the Falcons on Sunday, than they win the NFC North and Chicago is eliminated from postseason contention. If Atlanta wins, than the Bears still have a slim shot to win the NFC North and make the playoffs for the third time in four years. Thanks to a nasty four game losing streak, the Packers were eliminated two weeks ago. And while they could play spoiler to the Bears, Chicago still has a nasty taste in its mouth from when the Packers waxed their division rivals in Green Bay five weeks ago. The Bears are banged up, but they should have enough offensively to beat a Packers team has been neither good on the road or at home of late. And even if the Bears have nothing to play for, they’re still a pretty good cover on Monday Night Football. For the rest of our Free NFL Pick, see below.

Our Free NFL Pick for the Week 16 matchup between the Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears game is

CHICAGO BEARS -4

TheSpread.com Projected Final Score

Chicago Bears 24

Green Bay Packers 19

We also predict that this game will GO OVER THE TOTAL (41 Sports Interaction.com) SET BY ODDSMAKERS

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Posted: 12/22/08 11:00AM ET

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