Quarterback Inconsistency Abounds
The Chicago Bears and New York Giants are joined at the hip after a 2021 draft trade which enabled Chicago to cut the line and acquire quarterback Justin Fields. There were four selections-including a pair of first-rounders, going to New York. Wide receiver Kadarius Toney and offensive tackle Evan Neal are among the players that came to the Giants via that trade.
The lowest-rated starting quarterback this season (51.1% completions, two touchdowns, four interceptions). Fields nonetheless is the Bears’ leader of the present (future?).
Meanwhile, former New York first-round choice Daniel Jones has just three touchdown passes this season. These are two of the six quarterbacks who/ve been sacked at least 10 times, so that could play a role in Sunday’s showdown.
According to the NFL odds, the Giants (+950) are third in the odds to win the NFC East title, while the Bears (+1600) are last in the NFC North odds.
The Giants (+5000) are tied for 10th in the odds to win the NFC title, with the Bears priced at +10000.
See what’s happening at the running-back position. David Montgomery is supposed to be the man but exited the last game with an injured ankle. In his stead, second-year back Khalil Herbert had 157 yards (two touchdowns) in a last-play win over the Houston Texans. Herbert is averaging 7.3 yards (33 carries), while Montgomery is at 4.5 yards (35 attempts).
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The receiving position is in need of a boost. A slow start for Darnell Mooney, who has caught just four of his 11 targets (27 yards). No one has more than five catches.
There were questions about the future of Roquan Smith during the offseason, due to his contract situation. It is safe to say that Smith isn’t affected, leading the Bears with 36 tackles (interception and half a sack). Safety Eddie Jackson has the other two picks. The secondary also features rookies Kyler Gordon and Jaquan Brisker.
The Chicago Bears has covered against the NFL betting lines in just four of its last 15.
New York Giants
The Giants can’t seem to catch a break in the injury department. Veteran wide receiver Sterling Shepard, the team leader (24 targets, 154 yards), did suffer a season-ending knee injury.
Rookie tight end Daniel Bellinger had five catches in Monday night’s 23-16 loss to the Dallas Cowboys, Shepard’s injury (perhaps) works in favor of beleaguered Kenny Golladay?
Running back Saquon Barkley has topped 120 yards from scrimmage twice in the three games this season. While the line has helped Barkley regain some of his early-career form, the pass protection is a bit of a problem here.
The New York Giants have just three sacks (no interceptions), so a need to contribute some splash plays on defense.
Something to consider for those who bet online: The Giants are 2-7 against the spread in their last nine.
Bears vs Giants Injury Report
Bears vs Giants Head-to-Head
Chicago has won the last three games against the Giants, with two of those contests being decided by five or fewer points.
When the teams met this past Jan. 2nd, the Bears rolled to the 29-3 victory as a 6½- point favorite at home. Quarterbacks in that game were Mike Glennon and Andy Dalton. Montgomery had two touchdowns, while Barkley eclipsed 100 rush yards.
The Giants have covered in six of the last eight games in the series.
Bears vs Giants Game Information
- Game: Bears (2-1) vs Giants (2-1)
- Date/Time: Sunday, Oct. 2nd, 1 p.m. ET
- Location: MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ
- How to watch Bears vs Giants? ESPN
Bears vs Giants Live stream: NFL Game Pass
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Bears vs Giants Prediction
There are four games on the Week 4 NFL schedule featuring two teams with winning records this season. This is one of them. Exactly who saw that coming?
The Giants have had five straight losing seasons, while the Bears have one winning campaign over the last nine. However, one of these teams moves to 3-1 Sunday night (barring a tie game).
The Giants rank 16th, the Bears 20th in total defense thus far, so there’s a chance to see some points, even if the line of 39½ is the lowest of the Week 4 contests.
Four of New York’s last five games have finished as ‘under’ results (six of last seven at home).
The aforementioned trade with Chicago back in 2021 has the Giants seemingly farther along in the rebuilding process than the Bears. With that in mind, it’s the host Giants taken to rebound after that loss Monday.