It’s an “old school” match-up when the Chicago Bears (3-0) meet the New York Giants (1-2) in the new Meadowlands. The Bears pulled big upsets the past two games while the Giants have struggled against AFC South competition. Nevertheless, Vegas has posted the Giants as -3 1/2 point favorites at home. The two teams have only played three times since 2001 and the Bears have won 2 of 3.
The Bears have been led on offense by quarterback Jay Cutler, who has thrown 6 touchdowns, 870 passing yards, and just two interceptions. Cutler was plagued by interceptions last season and, thus far, he has seemed to have solved that problem. He has spread the ball around to 8 different receivers, with Johnny Knox and Devin Hester providing deep threats while tight end Greg Olsen and running back Matt Forte have provided good outlets. Forte has yet to run the ball effectively and the Bears, as a team, have yet to score a rushing touchdown.
That could change against the Giants. New York is near the bottom of the league in rushing defense and allowed both Tennessee and Indianapolis to rush for over 160 yards each. The Giants, though, have forced 6 turnovers and have had 6 sacks, four of them by Mathias Kiwanuka. New York has given-up a ton of yardage and the defense has allowed 16 plays of 20+ yards.
Look for the Bears to try and establish the run early and, if that fails, they will turn to Cutler as they have done in their previous three games. Cutler has played like an MVP candidate through the first three games and has enough firepower to engineer another upset on the road against a high-profile team. The Bears not only cover but pull the upset on SNF.
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