What to do with Jordan Howard on 'Thursday Night Football'

  • What to do with Jordan Howard on 'Thursday Night Football'

What to do with Jordan Howard on 'Thursday Night Football'

The latest betting odds have Green Bay favored by seven points at home, via OddsShark, and the over/under is 45.5.

The offense in Green Bay was better under new coordinator Bill Lazor, who took over for the fired Ken Zampese after a 13-9 loss to Houston.

The Chicago Bears had a short week to prepare for the Green Bay Packers, and they'll be without at least one key component of their defense on Thursday night.

The Bears may be able to exploit poor protection for Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

Aaron Rodgers came back on the field and scored in three downs with an 8-yard pass to Devante Adams to make the score 20-14.

As stunning as the Bears' upset over the Pittsburgh Steelers was last Sunday, it should serve as a reminder at exactly how hard it is for any team to go 0-16 in the NFL.

They had to dig pretty deep in week one to outlast Seattle, were then no match for Atlanta and nearly completely lost the plot against a previously toothless Cincinnati before Rodgers produced some late-game fireworks to get them level and then set up an overtime success. The Bears are a different team away from Soldier Field. Does one team benefit more from Sunday's win rolling into Thursday? Green Bay has been outscored 34-0 in the quarter after three games, with disasters against Atlanta and Cincinnati creating big deficits at the half.

Bears quarterback Caleb Hanie, who had replaced an injured Jay Cutler, was intercepted by Raji, who returned the interception 18 yards for a touchdown with just over six minutes left in the game.

Howard's shoulder is still a concern for the Bears.

Picking Aaron Rodgers to beat Mike Glennon sure feels like the right bet.

The Packers may be sitting at 2-1 on the year, but everything's far from flawless in Green Bay. He was released suddenly by Green Bay prior to the 2016 season and landed with Chicago, which was in need of help on the interior. He connected with receiver Jordy Nelson on a 60-yard pass that ultimately set up Mason Crosby for the game-winning field goal. Chicago's defense is ranked eighth against the run. The Bears lost in Tampa Bay due to their four turnovers, and the Buccaneers only outgained Chicago by one yard. Rodgers is more than dominant against the Bears, he's downright deadly. Howard, who last season finished second in the National Football League in rushing yards (1,313) behind Ezekiel Elliott, has averaged 4.4 yards per carry this season.

It didn't seem to translate well this week as the Raiders' offensive line allowed four sacks as a unit and the Washington Redskins dominated 27-10. It's a series of streaks, with Chicago's longest making it to eight games from September, 1985 to November, 1988 during the Mike Ditka era.