The granddaddy of all NFL matchups takes center stage tonight as the Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears kick off the league’s 100th season at Soldier Field. This series dates back to the days of George Halas and Curly Lambeau with the Packers holding a slight 97-95 edge with six ties. Last year, the teams split the two games with each winning on their home field. Overall, the Bears are coming off a 12-4 season that saw them come within a missed FG of advancing to the second round of the playoffs. For Green Bay, 2018 was a year to forget as the Pack dropped to 6-9-1, which led to the firing of head coach Mike McCarthy. Into his shoes steps offensive guru Matt LaFleur and the hope in Green Bay is that he can get more out of QB Aaron Rodgers and the Packers this year. To get Dunkel’s pick for this game and the full NFL schedule for Week 1, click HERE.
On the diamond, the Washington Nationals (78-60) are in the driver’s seat for getting one of the two NL wild-card spots. But if the Nats still have any chance of catching the NL East-leading Braves (86-54), they’ll have to take advantage of seven head-to-head contests with Atlanta over the next 10 days. The first comes tonight at SunTrust Park with Stephen Strasburg (16-5, 3.47) taking the mound for Washington against Atlanta’s Max Fried (15-4, 4.05). Both teams come in hot with the Nats have won 17 of their last 22, while the Braves have been even better with a 17-4 mark over the same span. To get Dunkel’s pick for this game and the full MLB schedule, click HERE.
The WNBA hits the court with a pair of games, including the Los Angeles Sparks (20-12) looking to extend their 12-game home winning streak as they host the Seattle Storm (17-15). To get Dunkel’s pick for this game and the full WNBA schedule, click HERE.
Week 2 of the college football schedule gets started on Friday night with the Wake Forest Demon Deacons (1-0) traveling to Rice to face the Owls (0-1). Wake Forest is coming off a come-from-behind 38-35 win over Utah State in the opener when Kendall Hinton scored the game-winner on a two-yard toss from Jamie Newman with just a minute left. Rice came up short in its opener but stayed close to a heavily-favored Army team before losing 14-7. To get Dunkel’s pick for this game and the full NCAA Football schedule for Week 2, click HERE.
And Week 13 of the CFL kicks off on Friday with the BC Lions (1-9) looking to snap a six-game losing streak as they face the Montreal Alouettes (5-4) at Percival Molson Memorial Stadium. To get Dunkel’s pick for this contest and the full CFL schedule, click HERE.