FREE PICK 364 NY GIANTS +4.5 over CHI BEARS 12:00 PM CT
It would be easy to assume the Giants have quit on the season after a November surge had the team playing for a long shot division title run. Last week in Philadelphia New York did everything right early with a 19-3 edge but wound up falling 25-22 and now 3-8 any lingering playoff hopes have been extinguished. That doesn’t mean New York will mail it in the rest of the season and a team that was just a slight underdog on the road against the defending Super Bowl champions last week will be similarly priced at home vs. a team with a back-up quarterback this week.
Chase Daniel is an experienced option for the Bears and he played reasonably well last week in the comeback win over the Lions on Thanksgiving morning. The Chicago defense broke a 16-16 tie in the fourth quarter however with a defensive touchdown while also intercepting a late Lions drive that could have forced overtime. Behind Daniel the Bears had just 264 total yards against a mediocre Lions team that doesn’t rate much differently than the Giants at this point. With Daniel in the game and without the rushing ability of Mitchell Trubisky Chicago managed only 38 rushing yards on 2.5 yards per carry.
Struggling on the ground has been at the forefront of the discussion for the Giants this season but New York has been out-gained on the ground by more than 27 yards just once in the past six games. Chicago meanwhile has been out-rushed in three of the past four games. This will be a second straight road game for the Bears ahead of a huge NFC test with the Rams next week and a Giants team that has played almost exclusively close games this season can again play tight with a spread that has climbed above four points.
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