NFL Betting Preview: Chicago Bears vs. New York Giants
The New York Giants (0-1) are 5.5-point underdogs heading into their matchup on Sunday, September 20, 2020 against the Chicago Bears (1-0). An over/under of 42.0 is set in the contest.
Game InfoGame Day: Sunday, September 20, 2020 Game Time: 1:00 PM ET TV Channel: CBS Location: Chicago, IL Stadium: Soldier Field
Bears Players to WatchMitchell Trubisky racked up 3,152 passing yards (210.1 yards per game) with a 63.2% completion percentage last year (326-of-516), while throwing 17 touchdowns and 10 interceptions in 15 games. He also added 193 rushing yards on 48 carries with two touchdowns, averaging 12.9 yards per game. David Montgomery rushed for 889 yards on 242 attempts (55.6 yards per game) while scoring six touchdowns in 16 games a season ago. Tarik Cohen amassed 213 rushing yards on 64 carries (13.3 yards per game), with zero touchdowns on the ground over the course of 16 games in 2019. He also caught 79 passes for 456 yards (28.5 per game) and three touchdowns. Last season, Allen Robinson II reeled in 98 passes (on 153 targets) for 1,147 yards (71.7 yards per game) with seven touchdowns in 16 games. Anthony Miller's statline last year showed 52 grabs for 656 yards and two touchdowns in 16 games. He averaged 41.0 receiving yards per game and was targeted 85 times. Robert Quinn put together an impressive statline of 11.5 sacks, 13.0 TFL and 34 tackles over 14 games. Roquan Smith collected 97 tackles, 5.0 TFL, two sacks, and one interception in 12 games over the course of his 2019 campaign. Kyle Fuller picked off three passes while adding 83 tackles, 1.0 TFL, and 12 passes defended over 16 games a season ago.
Giants Players to WatchDaniel Jones threw for 3,027 yards while completing 61.9% of his passes (284-of-459), with 24 touchdowns and 12 interceptions in 13 games last year (232.8 yards per game). He also carried the ball 45 times for 279 yards and two touchdowns, averaging 21.5 yards per game. Saquon Barkley took 217 attempts for 1,003 rushing yards a season ago (77.2 yards per game) while scoring six touchdowns in 13 games. He also caught 52 passes for 438 yards (33.7 receiving yards per game) with two touchdowns through the air. In 13 games in 2019, Jones ran for 279 yards on 45 carries (21.5 ypg), with two rushing touchdowns. Darius Slayton grabbed 48 passes for 740 yards last season and scored eight touchdowns. He was targeted 83 times and averaged 52.9 yards per game over 14 outings. Golden Tate also added 49 catches for 676 yards and six touchdowns over 11 games last year. He was targeted 85 times and put up 61.5 receiving yards per game. Last season, Markus Golden totaled 10.0 sacks, 13.0 TFL and 72 tackles in 16 games. In 16 games over his 2019 campaign, Blake Martinez totaled 154 tackles, 5.0 TFL, three sacks, and one interception.
Bears vs Giants: Last 5 MeetingsIn the past five meetings, New York owns a 3-2 record against Chicago. New York has tallied 104 points in the last five meetings while only giving up 92 to Chicago
Bears vs Giants: Last Five Meetings
When the Bears have the ball...The Bears averaged 10.7 fewer points per game last season (17.5) than the Giants allowed (28.2). In games where Chicago scored at least 17.5 points last season, they put together a record of 6-2. When the New York defense allowed 28.2 points or fewer last year, the Giants put together a 2-5 record. The Bears offense averaged 297.7 total yards per game last season, 79.6 yards fewer than the 377.3 allowed by the Giants defense. When the Chicago offense put together a game with at least their 2019 average in yardage, they were 5-2 last season. New York was 2-5 last season when their defense allowed fewer yards than their season average. The Giants allowed opposing rushing attacks to average 113.2 yards per game in 2019 compared to the 91.1 yards the Bears offense averaged on the ground per contest. When Chicago rushers gained at least a combined 91.1 yards, they had a record of 3-3 last season. When New York limited opposing teams to 113.2 rushing yards or fewer they were 2-5 last year. The Giants forced roughly the same amount of turnovers per game (1) as the Bears offense committed (1.2). In games where they turned the football over 1.2 times or fewer, Chicago was 6-4 last season. New York's record last season when they forced more than 1 turnover: 3-6
When the Giants have the ball...The Giants racked up 21.3 points per game last year, comparable to the 18.6 per matchup the Bears allowed. New York finished 4-2 overall a season ago when the team recorded at least 21.3 points. When Chicago allowed opponents to put up no more than 17.5 points last season, it had a 6-2 record. The Giants averaged 338.5 yards per game in 2019, just 14.4 more than the 324.1 the Bears allowed per contest. When the Chicago offense put together a game with at least their 2019 average in yardage, they were 5-2 last season. In games Chicago kept its opponents to 324.1 or fewer yards last year, it had a 3-4 record. The Giants rushed for 105.3 yards per game last season, just 3.3 more yards per game than the 102 the Bears allowed per contest. Last year, New York had a 3-5 record in games the team rushed for at least 105.3 yards. When Chicago limited its opponents to 102 rushing yards or less last season, it went 5-3. The Giants turned the ball over 2.1 times per game last year, only 0.9 more turnovers per game than the 1.2 the Bears forced on average. In games in 2019, New York finished with a 2-8 record when it turned the ball over 2.1 times or less. Chicago compiled a 3-2 record when it forced at least 1.2 turnovers last season.
Bears Fantasy LeadersTrubisky finished 34th overall among all players and 25th among all QBs in 2019 with 203.9 fantasy points (13.6 per game). Robinson racked up total 156.9 fantasy points last season (9.8 per game), which made him the 61st-ranked player overall and the 12th-ranked wide receiver. Last year, Montgomery averaged 9.1 fantasy points per game on the way to 145.4 total fantasy points. That made him the 72nd-ranked fantasy player overall and the 22nd-ranked running back. Cohen was the 142nd-ranked fantasy player -- and the 44th-ranked running back -- in 2019 with 84.9 fantasy points. He averaged 5.3 fantasy points per game.
Giants Fantasy LeadersJones' productive 2019 fantasy season gave him the No. 33 spot overall and the No. 24 spot among QBs. He totaled 215.0 fantasy points on the year (16.5 per game). Last year, Barkley finished as the 37th-ranked fantasy player overall and the 10th-ranked running back. He put up 192.1 fantasy points, averaging 14.8 per game. Slayton was the 33rd-best wide receiver and the 98th-best fantasy player overall with 122.0 fantasy points last season, averaging 8.7 per game. Tate's 2019 fantasy rankings saw him finish as the No. 116 player overall and the No. 41 wide receiver after he put up 103.2 fantasy points (9.4 per game).
Bears vs Giants Betting Information
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Bears Betting InsightsIn the previous season, only six of Chicago's 14 games with a betting line went over the point total (42.9% of its opportunities). Last year, Chicago put together a 3-10-1 record against the spread. Last season, the Bears had an ATS record of 1-2-1 when favored by 5.5 points or more.
Bears Home TrendsChicago hit the over in just 25% of its home games last year (two of eight opportunities). Last season, Bears home games averaged 34.9 points, 7.1 fewer than this outing's over/under (42.0). Chicago's record against the spread in home games last year was just 2-4-1, and its record at home overall was 4-4. The Bears finished just 0-1-1 ATS at home last season when favored by at least 5.5 points.
Giants Betting InsightsMost of New York's games with a betting line last year -- nine out of 14 opportunities -- went over the point total (64.3%) New York had a 7-7 record against the spread last year.
Giants Road TrendsNew York hit the over in 62.5% of its away games last year (five of eight opportunities). Giants away games last season averaged 53.9 total points, 11.9 more than this outing's over/under (42.0). New York compiled a 5-2 record against the spread on the road last year, and went 2-6 overall in away games.
Additional InfoThe average total in Bears contests last season was 36.1, 5.9 fewer points than this game's over/under. The average over/under for Giants outings last year was 49.5, 7.5 more points than this game's total. Five of Chicago's games went over 42.0 points last season (31.2% of matchups). New York's games went over 42.0 points 10 times last year (62.5% of matchups). The teams combined to score 38.8 points per game last season, 3.2 fewer points than this matchup's total. These two teams allowed a combined 46.8 points per game last year, 4.8 more points than the over/under for this matchup.
Khalil Mack: Questionable (Knee),
Robert Quinn: Questionable (Ankle)
Carter Coughlin: Questionable (Hamstring),
Golden Tate: Questionable (Hamstring),
Adrian Colbert: Out (Quadricep)
Last Updated on 2020-9-20 2:16 a.m. EDT