(3-0, 2-1 ATS)
New York Giants
(1-2, 1-2 ATS)
Two teams that are heading in opposite directions meet in Sunday Night Football betting action, as the Chicago Bears travel to New Meadowlands Stadium in a duel with the New York Giants.
Chicago is one of the three teams that enter this week undefeated SU on the season. The Bears are succeeding this year because QB Jay Cutler is taking care of the pigskin. He only has two INTs this year, a far cry from when everyone in the Windy City was calling for his head. The former Vanderbilt Commodore is using all of his options on a regular basis. RB Matt Forte is becoming a solid check down option, as he leads the team in receptions with 14. The problem for Forte and the Bears is that they have no rushing game to speak of at this point. Forte only has 108 rushing yards and is averaging just 2.8 yards per carry. There aren’t any rushing TDs to speak of. No one is figuring out how to run the ball on this team, though. Chicago has been monstrous against opposing ground games, holding them to just 39.7 yards per game. The end result? No one has scored more than 20 points in a game against the Bears this year.
The Giants are shooting themselves in the foot over and over again, and HC Tom Coughlin has to want to kick himself for it. The team committed three personal fouls on offense that really killed them in terms of managing possession of the pigskin. QB Eli Manning threw two picks last week, but yet another one of those two was the fault of a receiver. Of Manning’s six picks on the season, four have been off of his receivers’ hands. WR Mario Manningham leads the team with 14 catches, 238 yards, and a TD, but WR Hakeem Nicks has four scores on just 13 receptions. RB Ahmad Bradshaw has really put RB Brandon Jacobs out of a job this year. Bradshaw has 253 yards on the ground with two TDs. The defense ranks 30th in scoring this year at 28.3 points per game allowed, and the problems are only getting started from there. DE Mathias Kiwanuka leads the team in sacks with four, but he is out of the lineup with a bulging disc in his neck. One of the veteran leaders of this team, LB Keith Bulluck won’t be in the lineup either. Needless to say, if others don’t step in and fill the holes from these starters, the Giants are in a ton of trouble.
We’re trying to figure out why the Bears are underdogs in this game. They are clearly playing the better ball of these two teams, and the Giants look like a train wreck. We just have to go with Chicago in this one for our Sunday Night Football free picks.
Selection: Chicago Bears +3.5