The New York Giants host to Chicago as the betting odds favorite over the Bears in this Week 4 matchup of storied NFL franchises.
The New York Giants fell to their archrivals, the Dallas Cowboys, on Monday Night Football, suffering their first setback of the season. Now, the G-Men welcome another NFC rival, this time the Chicago Bears, for Week 4 action. The Giants find themselves favorites in the betting odds against the Bears despite last week’s loss.
Both teams enter at 2-1 this season, with the Giants holding a 2-1 mark against the spread while the Bears sport a 1-1-1 ATS record. The Bears managed a three-point win over Houston last week, piling up 281 rushing yards, their most in a single game since 1984, against the Texans. This is a pivotal game in the NFC, as every team save for one is either 2-1 or 1-2 through three weeks.
Here’s a look at the best betting odds for this matchup between the Giants and Bears on Sunday afternoon.
Best Betting Odds for Giants at Bears
The line for this ballgame opened with the Giants as 2.5-point favorites and has hovered between three and 3.5 almost across the board since then. Neither offense in this game has been particularly impressive, although both defenses have shone at times. The projected total for this game started a 39.5 this week, but has since been bet down to as low as 38.5 in some sportsbooks.
NFL Week 4 Preview: New York Giants vs Chicago Bears
This game represents a turning point in the season for both clubs. Each squad enters 2-1, among the seven NFC teams sharing that record. The Giants enter as favorites in this one, but seen a pair of difficult games on the docket after this. The loss to the Cowboys ended up fading New York’s NFC East odds at FanDuel and other sportsbooks.
Neither offense in this matchup has lit up the scoreboard thus far. The Bears enter averaging just 17.3 points-per-game (20th in the NFL), but New York’s only marginally better at 18.7 points-per-game (18th). The defenses have been the driving forces for these teams. The Giants rank 12th in scoring defense, allowing 19.7 points-per-game, while Chicago comes in at 11th, surrendering 19.0 points.
For the Giants, they’ll need to do a better job protecting Daniel Jones this week. Against the Cowboys, the offensive line allowed 12 quarterback hits and five sacks on Jones, who’s been sacked 13 so far this season. Jones has yet to pass for more than 200 yards in a game this season and now, the Giants lost Sterling Shepard for the year following the receiver’s injury on Monday night. He’s been a focal point in the passing game thus far.
The Bears coming to this one with a league-low 265 total yards-per-game on offense, but they’re coming off an incredible 281 rushing yard performance last week. It certainly won’t help their efforts that starting running back David Montgomery injured his leg, but the Giants have been susceptible to opposing ground games and they allowed Dallas to run up 178 yards on 28 carries.
Betting Trends Affect Giants, Bears Odds
Several betting trends affect the odds for this matchup between the Giants and Bears on Sunday afternoon. Although the Giants are 6-2 against the spread in the last eight meetings between these clubs, the road team has covered in eight of the last 11 matchups. The underdog is also 5-1 against the spread in the last six meetings.
The Giants enter 5-0 against the spread in their last five contests following a Monday Night Football game, but they’re just 2-7 against the spread in their last nine overall. Chicago, though, sees a 4-10-1 ATS mark in its last 15 games.
The Bears have struggled against winning teams, posting a 1-5 mark against the spread of late. Chicago’s also just 1-11 against the spread in their last 12 road games against a team with a winning record.
Despite the low total for this contest, the Under might still be the play. The Bears have seen the Under hit in nine of their last 10 October games and in six of their last eight following an outright win overall. The Under is 4-0 for the Giants in their last four following a Monday Night Football appearance. The Under has hit in four of New York’s last five overall and in four of the last five meetings between these two teams.