The Chicago Bears will face the New York Giants on Sunday at Soldier Field.
Bears vs. Giants odds
For those looking to bet on the Bears game, here are the odds from the mobile Illinois sportsbooks, where you’ll notice a theme:
|TB Buccaneers||-3.5, 44.5||-3.5, 44.5||-3.5, 44||-3.5, 44.5||-3.5, 44.5|
|CHI Bears||+3.5, 44.5||+3.5, 44||+3.5, 44||+3.5, 44.5||+3.5, 44.5|
Yes, the spreads and point totals are all the same. That’s going to be the case at DraftKings, BetRivers and William Hill for the time being, as all use Kambi lines. But FanDuel and PointsBet were dealing Bears -6 earlier in the week, only to come down a half-point by Friday.
At FanDuel Sportsbook, 62% of the spread money is on the Giants as of Friday. There’s still plenty of uncertainty surrounding the Bears despite their Week 1 thriller over the Lions.
While the spreads and point totals are all the same, there’s some slight variance with the moneyline juice. For example, the Giants are +200 at the Kambi books, but +205 at FanDuel and +195 at PointsBet.
Good Mitch, bad Mitch
Mitchell Trubisky finished 20-for-36 with 242 yards and three touchdowns against Detroit, good for a 104.2 passer rating.
He had a 143.3 passer rating in the fourth quarter, but various ugly misfires made the usual rounds on Twitter during the first three quarters. The final stats were good; the path to get there was a roller coaster.
Ben Roethlisberger posted a 117.8 passer rating against this Giants secondary in Week 1, but Roethlisberger, Trubisky is not.
With that said, the Giants ranked 28th in pass defense last season. They signed cornerback James Bradberry for $45 million and have a new head coach and defensive coordinator, so you’d expect some marginal improvement. But its secondary isn’t exactly oozing with playmakers.
The Bears beat the Giants last season 19-14, and Trubisky was mediocre at best, throwing for 278 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions.
The biggest story out of Chicago this week, though, is what’s going on with star wide receiver Allen Robinson. Robinson deleted all Bears content from his social media accounts and reportedly asked the front office about a possible trade.
Bears teammates, such as Tarik Cohen, were quick to support Robinson.
There’s been no indication that Robinson will sit out against the Giants if there’s no contract extension by Sunday. With that said, the vibes at Halas Hall haven’t been as positive as one might expect despite coming off of a triumphant win.
Saquon could bounce back against Bears run defense
Saquon Barkley and the Giants’ offensive line struggled tremendously against the Steelers. Barkley carried the ball 15 times for just six yards — Daniel Jones was a bright spot, but the ground attack was alarmingly bad.
It’s weird to say this, but the Bears might be the team you can fix that against. Run stuffer Eddie Goldman opted out for Chicago before the season, and the Lions gashed the Bears in the running game on Sunday. Detroit carried the ball 29 times for 138 yards.
Adrian Peterson, at the ripe age of 35, averaged 6.6 yards per attempt.
Inside linebacker Danny Trevathan looked noticeably out of sync against Detroit, regularly seen following chunk plays. And Roquan Smith, who was better, still hasn’t blossomed into the kind of player the Bears expected he would after taking him eighth overall.
Outside linebacker Robert Quinn could make his Bears debut on Sunday, which would help a pass rush that struggled to pressure Matthew Stafford. That wouldn’t cure the run defense, but the more impact players, the better.
Quinn and Khalil Mack have both been limited in practice all week.
It feels like the Giants’ rushing attack versus the Bears’ front seven could determine this week’s outcome. Both units struggled mightily in Week 1.
Bears +100 at PointsBet, best promos
PointsBet Sportsbook is once again offering Bears +100 this week. It will offer a sizable Bears promotion in Week 3 as well, and new and existing users can place a maximum $25 bet on Chicago.
PointsBet is essentially handing out $75 for free in the first three weeks.
At DraftKings Sportsbook, new depositors can bet $1 on any team moneyline for a $100 payout. That applies to all Sunday games, regardless of the spread.
For example, right now, the Chiefs are 8.5-point favorites over the Chargers. A new DraftKings bettor could put $1 on Kansas City moneyline to win $100. It’s also offering a 25% profit boost for every Week 2 game.
BetRivers online sportsbook, meanwhile, is offering a 50% free NFL profit boost every Sunday.
Happy (responsible) NFL betting to all.