The Chicago Bears are 3-0 and the only unbeaten team in the NFC. The Bears, Chiefs and Steelers are the only remaining undefeated teams in the league. I fail to recall anybody calling out these three teams as undefeated going into Week 4. The Bears travel to New Giants Stadium for a Sunday night matchup with the Giants, looking to keep their undefeated title intact after their win against the Packers this past Monday night.
The Packers certainly helped the Bears by contributing more penalties (18 for 152 yards) than points (17). That stat, taken with the Lions’ Calvin Johnson non-touchdown in Week 1, may be why oddsmakers have the Bears as 4 point dogs against a reeling Giants team.
The Giants are looking to right their ship in a hurry, and they want to forget about last week’s game against Tennessee, where they out-gained the Titans by 200 yards, but had 11 penalties and 3 turnovers. The Giants have 10 turnovers on the year so far. They will need to pressure Jay Cutler into making hurried throws, which will bring out the Cutler of last year if they succeed. The Giants best receiver, Mario Manningham, is listed on the Giants injury report with a concussion and that will be a problem for the Giants as well if he can’t go.
Chicago’s return game got a boost when they moved Hester back to returning kicks, and he reinforced that view with a punt return for a touchdown Monday night. If the Bears’ receivers can continue to improve, and more importantly, the O-line continues to give Cutler time to make good throws, the Bears will be a force to be reckoned with in the NFC this year.
Here are some matchup trends to consider:
NY GIANTS are 1-8 ATS when playing against a team with a winning record over the last 2 seasons
All games in this series since 1992
NY GIANTS is 4-2 against the spread versus CHICAGO since 1992
NY GIANTS is 4-3 straight up against CHICAGO since 1992
5 of 7 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL since 1992
All games played at NY GIANTS since 1992
CHICAGO is 2-0 against the spread versus NY GIANTS since 1992
CHICAGO is 3-0 straight up against NY GIANTS since 1992
3 of 3 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL since 1992