The New York Giants (2-8) travel to Illinois this weekend for an all-NFC showdown with the Chicago Bears (4-6). Kickoff is set for 1:00 PM EST on November 24th at Soldier Field and the game will be televised on FOX.
Oddsmakers opened this game up with the Bears listed as 6.5-point home favorites. The spread hasn’t moved at all after early betting, as Chicago is currently available at -6.5. The total for this matchup is 40.5 points. Click here for a full look at the Week 12 NFL odds and for more links to our individual game previews.
Bears vs Giants Game Odds & Betting Preview
New York Giants
The Giants couldn’t find a way to get past the Jets their last time out, falling 34-27 to drop to just 2-8 on the season overall. New York gave up 14 unanswered points in the first quarter but managed to take the lead in the third quarter after finding the end zone twice. However, an unfortunate fourth quarter collapse led to their six straight loss following a brief two-game winning streak in late September. QB Daniel Jones certainly did his part, going 26/40 for 308 passing yards and four touchdowns through the air. RB Saquon Barkley couldn’t get anything going on the ground, rushing for just one yard on a team-high 13 carries. Darius Slayton led the way for the receiving corps, torching the Jets secondary for 121 yards and two scores on a game-high 10 catches. Overall, the Giants generated almost 350 total yards of offense and found the end zone four times despite coming up just short on the scoreboard.
New York was fairly average defensively against the Jets, surrendering over 300 total yards of offense and three touchdowns. The Giants really did a great job defending against the run, allowing only 76 net rushing yards on the ground.
The Bears have now lost five out of their last six games overall after a tough 17-7 road defeat against Los Angeles last weekend. Chicago gave up ten unanswered points in the second quarter and never recovered, scoring just a single touchdown over the final 30 minutes of the game. QB Mitch Trubisky went 24/43 for 190 passing yards and a touchdown but also got picked off once as well. Tarik Cohen led the way on the ground, rushing for 39 yards on nine carries. Cohen was also on the receiving end of the only passing touchdown of the game for the offense, hitting pay dirt on one of his five catches for 35 yards. As a whole, the Bears gained just over 250 total yards of offense in the loss.
Chicago had a pretty solid outing on the other side of the ball in Week 11, holding the Rams to under 300 total yards of offense and two touchdowns. The Bears completely shut down Los Angeles through the air, giving up only 173 passing yards while also recording an interception.
Free NFL Betting Predictions and Pick: UNDER 40.5
As much as I want to take the points and roll with the road underdog in this all-NFC battle, I just don’t have enough faith in a Giants defense that has now allowed at least 31 points in four out of their last five outings. However, the Bears have been equally as bad on offense, scoring just 57 total points over their last four games combined – an average of less than 15 points per game. Something has to give in this matchup on Sunday afternoon, as one of the worst offenses in the entire league gets to face one of the worst defenses. Even if Trubisky and Co. are able to find a bit more success here in Week 12, I just can’t see both teams combining for more than 40 points. Saquon Barkley doesn’t appear to be 100% recovered from his high ankle sprain, rushing for an embarrassing total of just one yard against an average Jets defense his last time out. While the bye week may have helped Barkley’s recovery process, Daniel Jones could still be in for a long afternoon against a Chicago defense that has only allowed 69 total points over their last four games.
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New York hasn’t fared very well against the spread over the last month and a half, going a terrible 1-5 ATS in their last six games overall. The total has also gone UNDER in six out of their last nine meetings with an AFC North opponent. On the other side, the UNDER has come through in 12 out of Chicago’s last 15 games overall. The UNDER has also hit in seven out of their last eight outings at Soldier Field as well. I’m going to avoid both teams against what looks to be a pretty efficient spread in favor of the UNDER on 40.5 total points scored.