New York Giants at Chicago Bears: Preview and Pick
12 Replies | 1137 ViewsOn 10/07/2013 04:25 PM in NFL
Could it get any worse for the New York Giants? After losing in embarrassing fashion at home to the Philadelphia Eagles, the winless Giants will have to travel to the Windy City to take on the Chicago Bears. The Bears are also off a loss and will be looking to get back on the winning track against the hapless G-Men.
New York Giants at Chicago Bears Odds
The NFL betting line for this game opened up with the Bears listed as (-7) point favorites. That line is already on the move. The betting public has jumped all over the Bears early and often with almost 70 percent of the early action coming in on the home team. With all of that money the line has moved and can now be found as high as minus eight at several of the top rated sportsbooks.
The Giants have had a very bad start to the season. These stats show just how bad they are doing. Eli Manning had 3 intentional grounding penalties Sunday. No quarterback has committed more than 2 intentional grounding penalties in a game since the start of the 2001 season. The Giants join the '54 Cardinals as the only teams in NFL history to start a season with 5 straight games in which they allowed 30 points and committed 3 turnovers.
If the Bears want to win they need to find their best receiver more often. Brandon Marshall's five targets Sunday accounted for only 15% of the Bears' passes, the lowest percentage since Marshall joined the team. The Giants secondary should allow Bears quarterback Jay Cutler the freedom he needs to throw the ball all over the field in this big game.
The latest NFL betting trends reveal some interesting angles for this Thursday night football game. The total has gone over in 4 of Chicago's last 6 games when playing at home against NY Giants but the total has gone under in 6 of the NY Giants last 7 games on the road. The Bears are 5-1-1 straight up in the last 7 games but just 1-4 against the spread (ATS) in their last 5 games when playing at home against NY Giants. The NY Giants are 4-1 straight up in their last 5 games when playing on the road against Chicago, but the Giants are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games on the road.
New York Giants at Chicago Bears Pick
With plenty of time to go before kickoff of this week, I will wait to announce my pick when we get closer to game day. Check back the day of the event for my pick on this great game.