The New York Giants (3-8) host the Chicago Bears (8-3) on Sunday in an all-NFC clash. Kickoff is set for 1:00 PM EST on December 2nd at MetLife Stadium and the game will be broadcast on FOX.
Oddsmakers opened this game up with the Bears listed as 5.5-point road favorites. That line hasn’t moved at all after early betting, as Chicago is currently available at -5.5. The total for this matchup is 46 points. Click here for a full look at the Week 13 NFL odds and for more links to our individual game previews.
Giants vs Bears Vegas Odds & Game Preview
Chicago won their fifth consecutive game last week, beating Detroit 23-16 on Thanksgiving Day to improve to 8-3 overall. The Bears now have a 1.5 game lead over Minnesota for top spot in the tough NFC North. QB Mitch Trubisky was forced to miss Week 12 with a right shoulder injury and has yet to practice at all this week. His status for Sunday against the Giants is definitely still up in the air, as he appears to be trending towards missing a second straight game. Backup QB Chase Daniel played well against the Lions, throwing for 230 yards and two touchdowns in the victory. The duo of Jordan Howard and Tarik Cohen has given Chicago a nice 1-2 punch on the ground, while the trio of Taylor Gabriel, Anthony Miller, and Allen Robinson have been more than adequate in the receiving game. As a whole, the offense is currently averaging a healthy 28.8 points per game (5th overall) on 349.4 total yards.
The Bears have also been fantastic defensively through their first eleven games, holding opponents to an average of just 19.2 points per game (2nd overall) on 316.1 yards of total offense. They have been especially dominant against the run, giving up just 80.8 yards per game on the ground (2nd overall).
New York has now lost six out of their last eight games and currently sit at just 3-8 overall on the season. The Giants played well in Week 12 but still couldn’t find a way to defeat the defending Super Bowl Champions, falling 25-22 on the road to Philadelphia. QB Eli Manning has had a decent year, completing almost 70% of his passes while throwing for 3,093 yards and 14 touchdowns in eleven games. The big story for New York offensively has been the electric play of rookie RB Saquon Barkley, who has racked up over 1,400 total yards and 12 touchdowns. WR Odell Beckham Jr. has looked pretty good as well, catching 74 passes for 1,017 yards and five touchdowns. Overall, the offense is currently averaging 21.5 points per game (22nd overall) on 351.3 total yards.
The Giants have not played well on the other side of the ball so far this season, surrendering an average of 26.2 points per game to opponents (25th overall) on 377.8 yards of total offense. They have been especially bad against the run, giving up an average of 125.5 yards per game on the ground (26th overall).
Free NFL Betting Prediction: Chicago -5.5
It appears as if it is much more likely that Mitch Trubisky sits out for a second straight game than returns from injury to start against the Giants here in Week 13. Even if that is what ends up happening, I still like Chicago in this particular matchup. Chase Daniel showed that he is more than capable of leading the Bears to victory, as he played quite well on the road last week in a tough, nationally-televised game at Ford Field. More importantly, the Bears defense is capable of winning games almost single-handedly, as they scored another touchdown in Week 12. Mack and Co. could easily find the end zone again this weekend against a mistake-prone Giants offense.
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Chicago is a perfect 4-0 ATS in their last four games against NFC opponents. They are also 5-0 ATS over their last five games overall. The Giants are just 0-4-1 ATS in their last five home games and 4-13 over their last 17 games overall.
It is also extremely important to note that the Bears are a rock-solid 4-1 ATS in their last five meetings with New York at MetLife Stadium. I’m fully expecting that trend to continue this weekend, as the Giants have shown that they simply can’t find a way to stay within a touchdown of elite teams. I’m not overly concerned if Chase Daniel gets another start at quarterback either, as he showed me a lot last weekend with a solid game under the bright lights on Thanksgiving Day in Detroit. I’ll lay the 5.5 points all day in this spot – give me the road favorite to cover this very reasonable spread.