The New York Giants head to the Midwest to meet the Chicago Bears. It will feature a battle of ACC quarterbacks as Duke’s Daniel Jones will take snaps for Big Blue and North Carolina’s Mitchell Trubisky is going to be under center for the Bears.
Game: New York Giants (0-1) at Chicago Bears (1-0)
Location: Soldier Field
Time: Sunday at 1 p.m. ET
|Team||Point Spread||Moneyline||Over/ Under||Team Total|
|Giants||+5 ½||+210||42||17 ½|
|Bears||-5 ½||-250||42||23 ½|
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Next game: vs 49ers
Last Game: Vs Pittsburgh Steelers
The underdog Giants kept the Week 1 matchup with the Steelers pretty tight, finding themselves down by three points at the half. However, Ben Roethisberger shook off the rust, and the Pittsburgh “D” clamped down as time ticked off the clock. The Steelers showed their pedigree, earning a 26-16 victory at MetLife Stadium.
Giants’ QB Daniel Jones completed 26-of-41 passes for 279 yards and two touchdowns, showing glimpses into the G-men’s bright future. Jones zinged a couple of TD passes to WR Darius Slayton, who caught six for 102 yards. WR Sterling Shepard and RB Saquon Barkley each recorded six receptions in the game as well.
However, “Danny Dimes” threw two amateur interceptions along the way, and it may have cost New York the game. Jones was duped by T.J. Watt on his first interception at the Giants’ 36, which led to the Steelers’ first touchdown. The second interception was made on an ill-advised throw across the body into the end zone that landed in the hands of Cameron Heyward. Those picks represent a potential 14-point swing, and the Giants lost by 10 points. The NFL is built on trial by fire, and it’s Jones’ turn to field the flames. Overall though, Jones looked fairly solid, especially considering he was facing the NFL’s sixth-stingiest defense from a season ago.
The Giants’ defense played a lot better than their 2019 results suggested. NY gave up the third-most points in the league last season, but routinely harassed Big Ben and held its own. In his Giants debut, LB Blake Martinez led all players with eight tackles, while assisting on four takedowns. CB Corey Ballentine recorded seven tackles and two assists, while DEs Leonard Williams and Dexter Lawrence each tallied a sack.
Jones has thrown at least one touchdown in each of his 13 career NFL starts. Jones trails Kurt Warner (23), Baker Mayfield (17), and Brad Johnson (15) in consecutive starts with a passing TD to start a career, since the AFL-NFL merger. These four QBs make a bizarre quartet, but Warner and Johnson each led their team to a Super Bowl victory. Warner was additionally named NFL MVP twice. Barkley (+5000) currently has better MVP odds than Jones, but it’s something to keep an eye on.
Second-year WR Slayton has scored the most TDs in the NFL since Week 5 of the 2019 season. Slayton’s 10 TDs in that span are ahead of TEs Mark Andrews’ (Baltimore) and Jared Cook (New Orleans) nine touchdowns apiece. It’s clear that Slayton has emerged as the Giants’ No. 1 receiving option.
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Next game: at Falcons
Last Game: At Detroit Lions
The Bears and Lions started the game at Ford Field with a balance of solid defense and offensive inefficiency. Chicago and Detroit traded field goals until Lions RB D’Andre Swift broke the 6-6 tie with his first NFL touchdown. Swift darted into the end zone with 19 seconds left in the first half, propelling the Lions to a 13-6 lead.
Detroit was leading 23-6 to start the fourth quarter. A touchdown pass from Trubisky to TE Jimmy Graham got the Bears within 10 points. The margin was still 10 with 4:02 left when reliable Lions’ PK Matt Prater missed a 55-yard FG. Soon afterward, Trubisky hit WR Javon Wims for a short TD, bringing the Bears within three.
With just over two minutes to play, Pro Bowl CB Kyle Fuller snagged a deflected Matthew Stafford pass for an interception. The Bears go to work in Lions territory, culminating the drive with a 27-yard touchdown strike to WR Anthony Miller. Chicago has stunned Detroit to take the lead 27-23, with 1:54 left!
The Lions still have life, marching down the field to get within striking distance. They need a touchdown. Stafford delivers a perfect pass to RB D’Andre Swift with six seconds left, but the rookie drops it on his way to the end zone. Swift had slipped behind double coverage, only to drop the would-be game-winning touchdown. The poor young man let the victory slip through his fingers. Stafford had another crack at it, but his final pass was batted down by rookie CB Jaylon Johnson as time expired.
WR Allen Robinson has been the Bears’ most productive offensive player over the last few years, but he’s frustrated. Despite hauling in 98 passes for 1,147 yards and seven touchdowns last season, the wideout believes Chicago has disrespected him in contract talks. Robinson has been the anchor of the Bears’ receiving core, but he’s close to requesting a trade if not taken seriously. The star wide receiver is in the last year of a three-year, $42 million deal, and desires an extension. Robinson has removed any reference to the Bears from his Instagram and Twitter accounts, and teammates have his back.
— Bears Talk (@NBCSBears) September 15, 2020
It seems shameful for Chicago to lose such an amazing player due to an inability to communicate properly. Robinson pulled down five passes for 74 yards in the win over the Lions.
Betting on the Game
Both the Giants and Bears played the competition close in Week 1, making it a difficult call for this matchup. However, the Giants are 6-0 against the spread (ATS) in Soldier Field since 1991. NY is also 5-1 ATS in the last six meetings with Chicago. The Bears are 1-6 ATS the last seven times they were favored.
NY’s +210 moneyline is hard to resist. The Bears mounted a fierce comeback in Week 1, but their collective momentum is getting tripped up by administrative mularkey. The Giants may be more focused here, wanting to help head coach Joe Judge to earn his first career victory.
In nine of Chicago’s last 11 home games, the under has been the successful point total bet. To get a total score under 42, we’re looking at something like this: Giants 24, Bears 17. That sure sounds like a reasonable wager, from where I’m sitting.