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The New York Giants have continued to stumble through the 2019 season, with their playoff hopes all but crushed. However, they will enter Week 12 action fresh off a bye week.
Meanwhile, the Chicago Bears have continued to fall south well below their level of play from last season. The Bears are coming off a crushing loss on the road against the Los Angeles Rams.
Week 12 presents a chance for these two teams to grab much-needed momentum ahead of the stretch run of the year.
Giants stumbling to find offensive fluidityThe 2019 season has had it's fair share ups and downs for the Giants that has pushed them out of the playoff picture. New York enters Sunday's game, having dropped their last six games that has put them on the verge of playoff elimination. It has seen them go through many growing pains with their offense that has seen rookie quarterback Daniel Jones gather some much-needed experience, but prove to be turnover prone in his first campaign as he has thrown eight interceptions while fumbling 13 times in the first nine games he has played this season. It's an area that could become a problem against the Bears' stout defense that could see that be the turning point in their direction at home.
Meanwhile, Jones has shown no fear in his throwing the ball as he has notched more than 300 passing yards twice in the last three games where he also tallied four touchdown passes in each contest. The Giants will need him to lead the way with his arm to help take off the pressure on second-year running back Saquon Barkley in the running game. Barkley has struggled to stay healthy this season, which has limited his production on the field as he has tallied 402 rushing yards and two touchdowns in seven games played. He is coming off his least productive game in his career as he rushed for just one yard in 13 attempts. If the Giants hope to move past the Bears, they will need their offense to lead the way.
Bears hoping to get back on trackComing off a promising 2018 campaign, the Bears have taken a significant step back this season as they have struggled to find any sort of steady momentum. They have had their struggles on both sides of the ball, with the bulk of that coming from their offense. Third-year quarterback Mitchell Trubiksy has regressed notably with his play as he has had plenty of difficulty throwing the ball with just 1,904 passing yards with nine touchdown passes to four interceptions while holding just as 82.2 passer rating. Trubisky has continued to inch closer and closer to being a liability under center as he hasn't been able to be a strong option with his arm as it has significantly handicaps their offense.
Meanwhile, the Bears haven't had any type of reliable running game as they average just 79.9 rushing yards per contest that have played a major part in exposing the lack of dependency the team can have with Trubisky. Chicago is averaging just 16.9 points per contest, which includes tallying fewer than 20 points in three out of the last four contests. At the same time, their defense has been the difference-maker for them that has kept them in games. The Bears have dealt with injuries, but they are holding opponents to just 17.4 points per contest, including 95.6 rushing yards per game. Their defense will need to be the difference at home if they hope to get back in the right direction to keep their playoff aspirations alive.
The top supporting trends for this game, found on Covers.com, are:
- Chicago is 5-1 ATS in their last six home games against a team with a losing road record.
- Chicago is 5-1 ATS in their last six games after scoring less than 15 points in their previous game.
- Chicago is 4-1 ATS in their last five games in Week 12.
- New York is 1-4 ATS in their last five games after accumulating more than 250 yards passing in their previous game.
- New York is 1-5 ATS in their last six games after allowing more than 30 points in their previous game.
- New York is 1-5 ATS in their last six games overall.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
It may be quite difficult to trust the Bears offense, but their defense has continued to improve as the season has worn on. That should see them capitalize on the matchup against a turnover-prone rookie quarterback. Expect this game to be dictated by their defense in a lower-scoring affair.
Prediction: Chicago -6
Full-Game Total Pick
At the same time, these two offenses have been quite difficult to depend on weekly. The Bears will have an easier time moving the ball, but it's simply too hard to trust Trubisky by any means. All of this simply spells it as being a contest headlined by strong defensive play from Chicago setting the tone.
Prediction: Under 40