Week 2 of the pre-season continues into the weekend as the Chicago Bears head to the Meadowlands for a Friday night showdown vs. the New York Giants.
While both of these teams are slated to be on opposite ends of the spectrum in the coming regular season, it has become instantly clear that both Chicago and New York are treating the pre-season differently.
For the Bears, they’re primed for yet another run at the NFC North title and as a result are really easing many of their starters into the regular season. They do play the first game of the season as well, kicking off against Green Bay on Thursday, September 5th.
On the other side are the Giants. Following an impressive showing in last week’s game, there is suddenly a ton of optimism for the lowly Giants. They beat the Jets last week with a high octane attack, and rookie first-round quarterback Daniel Jones looked thrilling in his debut. Many fans and pundits alike are surely eager to see what he can do in Week 2 with extended time and even some reps with the first-teamers. How long will it be before Daniel Jones surpasses Eli Manning as the starting quarterback? This is certainly a situation to watch going forward.
As far as exhibition games go, this should be quite the stellar match-up on Friday night – loaded with intrigue, drama, and storylines. Read on below as we delve into the depth on both sides, as well as provide you with a pre-season winner to start your weekend off on the right note. Enjoy the Giants vs. Bears!
New York Giants vs. Chicago Bears Betting Odds:
Chicago Bears +2 (-115)
@ New York Giants -2 (-105)
Over 42 (-110)
Under 42 (-110)
New York Giants vs. Chicago Bears Pick:
Few teams approach the slate of pre-season games with more indifference than the Chicago Bears right now. Head coach Matt Nagy has repeatedly been on record lamenting the length of the schedule and how it’s not an environment he wants to really expose his starters to. He has seen some unfortunate injuries occur in meaningless games and desperately wants to avoid that situation again. Last week, Mitchell Trubisky was content to hand the ball off multiple times, and just like that – his day was finished. Expect a similar output in Week 2.
The Bears have instead prioritized simulated games and replicating actual situations in a more controlled environment for their group. They even rented out a stadium, put in lights, rented a DJ, etc. – all to create an atmosphere that will replicate opening night on September 5th. The starters received a ton of reps according to Nagy and he was content with both the action seen from both the first-team defense and offense. As a result, don’t expect much action from the well-known Bears players on Friday night. It will be a lot of Chase Daniel and Tyler Bray on Friday evening, and that should be a welcome sight for a hungry Giants’ defense.
For New York, they’re treating this contest a little differently as they didn’t go out and schedule their own practice game. This will be their practice, and all indications are that their starters will see a solid chunk of time, likely for upwards of an entire quarter. Head coach Pat Shurmur had to alter his plan of attack last week due to a severe weather delay, but with clear skies in sight – it seems as if he will let both Eli Manning and Daniel Jones play with the majority of the starters, and the first-team offensive line. This is big news for the Giants and good intel for bettors of this clash. The edge should be significant in having the Giants’ starters likely feast on the Bears’ backups for at least an entire quarter.
Behind Manning and Jones, Shurmur has stated that he would also like to evaluate the other QB’s on the roster – Alex Tanney and Kyle Lauletta. While neither inspire much confidence under centre, the lead New York possesses from the first half should be very much safe into the second-half for a full game wager. If you’re feeling worried, you could always bet the G-Men in just the first half, but New York should be comfortable winners in front of their home crowd. Expect another solid outing for Daniel Jones to continue to build on.