Bears Giants Betting – Cutler, Bears Win Shootout At The Meadowlands
Online betting players were wondering how Jay Cutler would handle being in a Mike Martz system after he threw a ton of picks last year, but he’s gotten off to a great start, and it’s worked out perfectly for Chicago. The Bears will head on the road to face the New York Giants, who aren’t playing with the urgency of a team with their back against the wall, especially on defense. That will cost them on Sunday night.
- What: NFL betting
- When: Sunday, October 3rd, 8:20 PM ET
- Where: New Meadowlands, East Rutherford, NJ
- Pick: Chicago Bears
What’s On The Line
The Chicago Bears (3-0) are the only unbeaten team in the NFC after a 20-17 win at home over North rivals Green Bay Packers in a Monday night thriller for the ages. The Giants (1-2) are going in the wrong direction after a 29-10 loss to the Tennessee Titans at home, and this game means more to them because they have to stop the bleeding: after a strong Week One performance, the Giants have been terrible, and the season could get out of hand quickly.
Offensive Matchups: Bears Giants Betting
Cutler was brilliant against the Packers on Monday night, more than holding his own with Aaron Rodgers, going 16-of-27 for 221 yards, a touchdown and a pick, and he made plenty of throws that were gasp-inducing. The Bears’ ground game is struggling, coming in 29th in the league, but Cutler is catching on quickly in Mike Martz’s system. You get the idea that a three-pick game is around the corner for him, but it won’t come this week.
The Giants are eighth in the league offensively, putting up 471 yards against the Titans, but they also had three turnovers which killed their momentum. Eli Manning was 34-of-48 for 386 yards, but he threw a pair of picks. Brandon Jacobs didn’t get much work after requesting a trade, but at least Ahmad Bradshaw had a solid game. The Giants make far too many mistakes, and they’re going to have to tighten the ship to break their slump.
Betting Edge: Draw
Defensive Matchups: Bears Giants Betting
The Bears used the “bend-but-don’t-break” technique against the Packers, forcing a pair of turnovers, including one late fumble that gave Chicago the chance to go on the game-winning drive. Brian Urlacher and Lance Briggs had nine tackles apiece and were both in on that final fumble, and with these guys in the middle of the field, the Bears are always going to be solid. They lucked out a little because the Packers were committing penalties left and right, but they were jumpy because they were trying to block Julius Peppers, who didn’t have a sack but he was in the Green Bay backfield all night.
The New York defense has been lost for a couple of seasons now, and they looked awfully soft against the Titans despite allowing only 271 yards. There just doesn’t seem to be a leader on the team with Antonio Pierce retired, the once-fearsome pass rush is no longer, and the play-calling is puzzling, at best.
Betting Edge: Bears
Notable Injuries: Bears Giants Betting
The Bears seemed to have come out of the Monday night game unscathed, but keep checking the injury reports.
Center Shaun O’Hara (Achilles) is likely out this week after sitting out against the Titans.
Betting Edge: Bears
Outlook and Pick: Bears Giants Betting
NFL betting odds should favor the Giants at home, but it won’t be by much given their recent play. The Bears are 3-1 both SU and ATS in four trips to visit the Giants, and all four game have gone over the posted total. This should be along the same lines as Cutler and Manning can both air it out, but it’s a matter of who makes fewer mistakes and strangely, Cutler is the one who has looked safe lately. The Giants are in disarray, and it’s not likely that coach Tom Coughlin will last the season as it seems he’s lost the locker room, particularly the defense. Take the Bears on the road in your sports betting picks.
Stan’s Pick: Chicago Bears