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Giants at Bears Betting Preview, Giants (+5.5/-105), Bears (-5.5/-115)
New York Giants
First-year coach Joe Judge will take the Giants on the road for the first time this season, and the stakes are high as they look to avoid an 0-2 start to the season.
New York suffered a 10-point loss at home against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 1, and perhaps equally as troubling as the loss was Saquon Barkley’s struggles on the ground. Barkley carried the ball 15 times for only six yards.
The focus for Week 2 will be on improved play from the Giants’ offensive line. Otherwise, Judge and the Giants could find themselves in significant trouble.
The Bears are aiming for a 2-0 start, which is amazing considering how bad the team looked for the first three quarters of the season opener against the Detroit Lions.
Chicago trailed 23-6 entering the fourth quarter but reeled off 21 straight points to earn a 27-23 victory. Mitchell Trubisky came to life late in the game and will look to strengthen his grip on the starting quarterback job over Nick Foles.
Look for the Bears’ defense to try to follow the Steelers’ blueprint against the Giants in Week 1 by keying in on Barkley in the backfield.
Giants at Bears Betting Pick
Neither team is perfect here, so it is hard to fully trust either option, but the Bears’ defense is led up front by veterans such as Akiem Hicks and Khalil Mack who could pose nightmares for the Giants’ new-look offensive line.
If Chicago can neutralize Barkley, it will force Daniel Jones to win through the air, and that is asking quite a bit from a second-year signal caller and his receiving corps.
Yes, the Bears have question marks on offense, but the defense can put them in position to win with a couple turnovers and strong field position throughout the contest.
Giants at Bears Betting Pick:
Bears 23, Giants 14
Giants at Bears Best Bet for Sept. 20, 2020
The Bears have a strong defense and will be comfortable at home, even without fans in the stands. The Giants’ offensive line offers little reason at this point to think that scoring drives will be fast and furious on New York’s end.
Take those factors, plus the fact that Trubisky is a constant question mark because of his accuracy and decision-making issues, and it seems more likely than not that this game could be low scoring.
Giants at Bears Best Bet: UNDER 42.5 (-110)
–Field Level Media