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New York Giants at Chicago Bears: Betting Guide

The Chicago Bears are coming off a come-from-behind win over the Seattle Seahawks on a blustery, snowy day at Lumen Field. A rare triumph for Matt Nagy’s side inspired by Saint Nick, who made his first start in 2021.

Next up for the Bears is a date with the hapless New York Giants, a game that is pegged on a touchdown line on the NFL odds board. Can the Bears continue the momentum in Week 17?

New York Giants at Chicago Bears: Betting Guide NFL 2021
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  • Game: New York Giants (4-11-0) at Chicago Bears (5-10-0)
  • Location: Soldier Field, Chicago
  • Day/Time: Sunday, January 2, 2022, 1 p.m. ET
  • Television: CBS

Giants vs Bears Betting Lines

Team Point Spread Moneyline Over/Under
New York Giants +7 -125 +235 37 -110o
Chicago Bears -7 +105 -275 37 -110u

Giants vs Bears Head-to-Head

The Chicago Bears have the 35-24-2 lifetime edge over the New York Giants, a run of form that includes a 5-3-0 advantage in the postseason. Chicago won the last two meetings, but New York covered the spread in the last three. The current betting online odds are skewed with the Bears, but that market outlook has more to do with how these two sides stack up this season.

New York Giants

Next game: vs Washington Football Team

Last Game

What can one say about the Giants’ last game other than it was an eyesore and a total yawn. The Giants are a mess and that was evident in the 34-10 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday.

If fans thought the Giants couldn’t get any worse than they’ve been in the last few years, they just did. The game started slow, but the second half was a total capitulation as the Giants gave up 31 unanswered points in the 34-10 loss.

Head coach Joe Judge hit a new nadir with his team. In his post-game press conference, he didn’t mince words. “It’s not good enough,’’ Judge said. “Point blank, I’m not going to make excuses or church it up right there. Collectively it’s not good enough.’’

Rookie Jake Fromm’s first NFL start was short-lived as he was benched after going 6-of-17 for 25 yards and an interception. Backup quarterback Mike Glennon didn’t fare that much better though. He went 17-of-27 for 93 yards and a touchdown with an interception. Overall, the Giants offense totaled 192 yards.

Injury Report

Wide receiver John Ross III (knee), tight end Kyle Rudolph (ankle), wide receiver Kadarius Toney (shoulder), running back Saquon Barkley (ankle), linebacker Trent Harris (ankle), guard Ben Bredeson (ankle), running back Gary Brightwell (neck), fullback Cullen Gillaspia (lower body), lineback Oshane Ximines (illness), and wide receiver Collin Johnson (hamstring) are questionable Sunday.

Safety Julian Love (illness) and defensive lineman Dexter Lawrence (illness) are out indefinitely.

Chicago Bears

Next game: at Minnesota Vikings

Last Game

Chicago snapped a three-game losing streak with an unlikely and unexpected win over the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday. Bookmakers had written off the Bears as the touchdown underdogs for NFL picks against the spread, but Nick Foles didn’t get the memo. Foles, in his first game of 2021, lifted the Bears to victory with a last-gasp touchdown.

Jimmy Graham caught a 15-yard touchdown pass from Foles with 1:01 remaining and Damien Byrd made the leap for the two-point conversion to lift the Bears to the 25-24 win. With the win, the Bears put the final nail in Seattle’s coffin, eliminating the Seahawks from the playoffs.

Injury Report

Quarterback Andy Dalton (hand), quarterback Justin Fields (ankle), defensive back Xavier Crawford (concussion), tackle Jason Peters (ankle), wide receiver Jakeem Grant Sr. (concussion), linebacker Christian Jones (finger), defensive back Teez Tabor (ankle), and offensive lineman Teven Jenkins (shoulder) are questionable for Sunday.

Betting on the Game

The NFL betting outlook for this game at BetUS sportsbook isn’t surprising really. The Giants are a mess. They have no viable quarterback to lean on and the offense is non-existent. The end of the season can’t come soon enough for Judge’s beleaguered lot.

Who the Giants start in this game isn’t likely to make much of a difference. Neither Glennon nor Fromm has extinguished himself as the offensive pivot.

The Bears benefited from Foles magic late in the game to clinch their fifth win of the season. Whether Foles gets his second start this weekend is up in the air. As things currently stand, the Bears haven’t clarified the starting position, although both quarterbacks Andy Dalton and Justin Fields are listed on the injury report.

There’s a lot of uncertainty surrounding this game, especially at the quarterback position in both camps. That makes betting on the point spread and the moneyline a risky play. But if there’s a bet to be had, it has to be the Bears. Trusting the Giants to come through with the cover or the outright upset would be madness right now.

The game total is the lowest on the board – for all the reasons pertaining to the uncertainty on the offensive side of the ball mentioned above. By that same token, the under is likely the best bet too.

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