On Sunday, the New York Giants visit the Windy City and Soldier Field to play the Chicago Bears. New York is looking to bounce back from a disappointing 26-16 loss in Week 1 to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday Night Football. The Giants were defeated by the Bears 19-14 in 2019 at this same venue and look to put that behind them with a victory on Sunday.
Chicago returns from the Motor City full of confidence as the Bears rallied from a 17-point 2nd half deficit to defeat the Detroit Lions Week 1 and will be looking to make it 2-0 with a victory at home on Sunday over the Giants. The Bears could be fresher than the Giants as New York had to play a tough game on Monday against the Steelers while the Bears played Sunday.
The line has stayed true at Chicago -5.5 all week, despite the Giants grabbing 67% of the bets.
The OU Line has gone from 43 down to 42, despite the Over getting the 60% of the bets.
Gametime Weather: Sunny with temps in the mid-60’s
Mistakes Hurt Giants Against SteelersThe New York Giants made too many mistakes on Monday Night Football in their loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Quarterback Daniel Jones threw for 279 yards and a pair of touchdowns but was picked off twice including at the goal line when the Giants were driving to score and potentially take the lead. Running back Saquon Barkley had 15 carries but gained just six yards against a tough Steelers' defense. Barkley also caught six passes for 60 yards out of the backfield. The top receiver for the Giants was Darius Slayton with six receptions for 102 yards and two touchdowns.
On the defensive side of the ball, the Giants held their own. New York gave up 229 yards passing to Pittsburgh's veteran quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and allowed Steelers running back Benny Snell Jr. to gain 113 yards on the ground. Offseason acquisition Blake Martinez, a former Green Bay linebacker, was the leading tackler for the Giants in the loss with 12, while cornerback Corey Ballentine had 9 tackles. The Giants sacked Ben Roethlisberger twice with one each by Leonard Williams and Dexter Lawrence.
New York’s Injury Report
Questionable: WR Golden Tate and LB Carter Coughlin
Out: DB Adrian Colbert
Bears Cannot Fall Behind by Double-Digits AgainThe Chicago Bears displayed an excellent second half of offense thanks to quarterback Mitch Trubisky remaining calm and engineering a fourth-quarter comeback. The Bears signal-caller threw fourth-quarter touchdowns to Jimmy Graham, Javon Wims and Anthony Miller. However, the Bears were helped when rookie D'Andre Swift of the Detroit Lions dropped a pass while wide open in the end zone that ended any hope of the Lions winning. Trubisky finished with 242 yards passing and three touchdowns. Anthony Miller caught four touchdown passes for 76 yards and one touchdown and Allen Robinson II added 74 yards receiving. The running game was led by David Montgomery with 64 yards.
“Everybody just stepped up their execution a little bit. That was a game-changer.”@WhItehair76 was fired up by the team's rally in Detroit.— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) September 16, 2020
Defensively, Chicago must improve against the Giants or Daniel Jones and Saquon Barkley will have a field day. The Bears allowed Matthew Stafford to throw for 288 yards and gave up 138 yards on the ground. The Bears defensive stud, Khalil Mack made just two tackles and did not sack Stafford. Tashaun Gipson Sr, Roquan Smith, and Danny Trevathan each had seven tackles to lead the Bears.
Chicago’s Injury Report
Questionable: LB Khalil Mack and DE Robert Quinn
- Chicago is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 at home against a team with a losing record on the road
- New York is 0-6 ATS in the last six against a team with a winning record
- New York is 0-8 ATS in the last eight during Week 2
- New York is 4-10 ATS last 14 in September.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
The Chicago Bears proved they can rally from a double-digit deficit on the road and playing at home in Soldier Field should fare better. Mitchell Trubisky showed his poise under center with three 4th quarter touchdown passes and although the defense certainly was stretched to the limit in the first three quarters, it did not break. Chicago was able to win without Khalil Mack having a strong performance. Daniel Jones made too many mistakes in Week 1 especially in the red zone with his interception at the goal line. New York has also failed to cover the spread in 13 of the last 18 games on the road against a team with a winning record at home.
Prediction: Chicago Bears -5.5
Full-Game Total Pick
At times New York's defense looked good against Pittsburgh but on the road, the total has gone over in eight of the Giants last 10 and the total has gone over in five of the Giants last seven when tagged as the underdog. The Bears have seen the total finish over in four the last 5 when playing a team from the NFC.
Prediction: OVER 42