Sunday Night Football Betting Preview: Chicago Bears vs. New York Giants

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This Sunday Night Football betting preview for the Chicago Bears vs. New York Giants is courtesy of Sportsbook.com (see website here)

Kickoff: Sunday, 8:20 p.m. EDT

Sportsbook.com Odds: New York -3.5, Total: 44

The Giants catch a break from the schedule, getting Chicago at home as the undefeated Bears come off a late Monday night win. This could be our first chance to see how the wind affects play at the new Meadowlands, if the winds do indeed pick up during an October night game. Between that and a solid Giants pass defense, it could have an effect on a Bears offense that relies almost exclusively on the passing game.

One major concern for QB Jay Cutler (870 pass yds, 6 TD, 2 INT) is the absence of his blind-side protector LT Chris Williams who will likely miss a second straight game because of a hamstring injury. The Giants have talented pass rushers throughout their D-Line and could be throwing Cutler to the turf early and often. The Giants can also key on the passing game considering Chicago ranks 29th in the league in rushing yards (72.0 YPG).

The Giants should be fully healthy when Sunday night arrives. WR Mario Manningham suffered what was thought to be a concussion last week, but it appears the injury wasn’t too much more severe than a headache. Manningham, Hakeem Nicks and Steve Smith should all be able to get open for Eli Manning, considering the Bears pass defense is allowing 279 passing YPG (28th in NFL). New York has also been able to run the football with Ahmad Bradshaw who has 253 rushing yards on 4.9 YPC this year.

The teams have split their four meetings since 2000, with the Giants winning 21-16 the last time they met in 2007. But the road team is 6-0-1 ATS in the past seven meetings, dating back to 1992. However, this NFL betting trend sides with NY:

Play Against - Any team (CHICAGO) - off an upset win over a division rival as a home underdog, with a winning record on the season. (62-27 since 1983.) (69.7%, +32.3 units. Rating = 3*).

For bettors making a play on the ‘total’, here is something to consider:

Play Over - Road teams against the total (CHICAGO) - with a good scoring defense - allowing 17 or less points/game, after a win by 6 or less points.

(28-8 over the last 5 seasons.) (77.8%, +19.2 units. Rating = 2*).

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