The Cincinnati Bengals and Cleveland Browns kicked the NFL’s week 2 off on Thursday Night Football, and Sunday once again brings us a full slate of NFL action. During the early schedule of afternoon games, the New York Giants will square off against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field.
The Bears head into Sunday’s matchup at 1-0, while the Giants are 0-1. Both teams’ records match their record against the spread so far too. Chicago is 1-0 against the spread, New York is 0-1. The Giants missed covering by four points, while the Bears covered by 6.5 points.
This Sunday, each team gets another chance to win, and another chance to cover the spread. Most books have the Bears favored by 5.5 points, but there may be some better odds out there. Kick-off is all set for 1 pm ET in Chicago.
Most fans and bettors alike feel like this season is going to be boom or bust for Giants’ starter Daniel Jones. In week 1, Jones finished the game with 279 passing yards and two touchdowns, but unfortunately for the Giants, he also threw two costly interceptions. Moving forward, a 1:1 touchdown to interception ratio will not do.
In the first game of his third NFL season, Saquon Barkley finished with extremely underwhelming rushing stats. Barkley gained only six yards on 15 carries. He was able to pull in six catches for 60 yards in the passing game, but the Giants have to be much more efficient in their rushing attack if they want to win many games this season.
Good News Bears
Watching the Bears game in week 1 was a tale of two completely different halves of football. In the first half, Bears fans and bettors were out for Mitchell Trubisky’s head. In the second half, they were ready to crown him MVP. He finished the game with 242 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions.
The Bears’ two-headed monster of David Montgomery and Tarik Cohen ended up rushing for 104 yards, while Trubisky and Cordarrelle Patterson added another 45 on the ground. Their rushing attack could’ve been better, but that isn’t a terrible way to kick off the season. It should get better as the season rolls along.
Neither the Bears nor the Giants defense played up to their potential in week 1. Look for that to change in Week 2. One of these two defenses could be a deciding factor in winning the game. It will likely be the one that has been touted as top five in the league all off-season.
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If you don’t plan on taking advantage of the Bears at plus one hundred, the pick here is actually the polar opposite. While the Bears defense is stout, Daniel Jones and Saquon Barkley will be key factors in keeping it close. Take the Giants, the 5.5 points, and stay away from the total.