Chicago Bears @ New York Giants Odds

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Chicago Bears

Despite playing one of the shortest weeks in NFL history (from Sunday night to Thursday at 12:30 PM), and without their starting quarterback, the Chicago Bears beat the Detroit Lions on the road, extending their winning streak to five games.

There is uncertainty around the health of Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky. He did not play in Week 12 against the Lions. However, backup Chase Daniels did enough, and the Chicago Bears defence took charge to win the game.  

New York Giants

Just after the New York Giants looked to show some signs of life this season, a highly questionable second half against the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 12 has Giants fans again screaming in pillows and scratching their heads.

The Giants completely abandoned rookie running back Saquon Barkley after the star rumbled for two scores in the first half. Who knows if they are trying to save Barkley for the future? If that is the case, the Giants offence is arguably the worst in the NFL.

Game Snippet

Despite the New York Giants and Chicago Bears playing in the NFC, the two franchises have played only eight times since November 1995. The two teams lasted played in 2016, with the New York Giants (-7.0) winning at home but failing to cover. Of course, the Giants were 11-5 that season with a stellar defence while the Bears went 3-13. This year is the teams have switched roles, with the Bears heading for the playoffs with an elite defence while the Giants are headed for a last-place finish in the NFC East. 

Bears @ Giants Betting Tips

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    Giants are only 3-10 at home since 2017

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    Giants are 2-5 against the NFC North since 2016

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    Eli Manning is 3-2 against the Bears, but with only four TDs and seven INTs

Bears @ Giants Predictions

Game Prediction

Even without Mitch Trubisky, a rested Chicago Bears defence against the Giants is enough for bettors to have confidence on the Bears as road favourites. The Bears lead the NFL in interceptions and takeaways while adding 34 sacks (sixth in the NFL). The Bears also allow the fewest yards per rushing attempt. All that adds up to the Bears being a good team to bet on the NFL every week.

Two of the three Giants wins this season came against two of the worst defences in the NFL (the San Francisco 49ers and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers). However, against better-ranked defences such as the fifth-ranked Jacksonville Jaguars and seventh-ranked Dallas Cowboys, the Giants combined for 28 points and lost both.

The Bears have a better defence than both those teams, and the Giants offence looked in absolute disarray in the second half of their game against the Eagles. The Giants players are not happy, and there is little reason to believe they can flip a switch 12 games into the NFL seasons.

Bet the Bears to cover the spread against the Giants and consider betting on under 45.0 (-110) as the Bears will win through defence and the run game (which will result in a 25-12 type of game).

Pick: Chicago Bears -4.5 (-110) against the New York Giants