Bears vs. Giants Point Spread: NFL Pre-Season Week 2 Odds, Prediction

Payton Matthews | Updated Aug 12, 2019

Is there a quarterback controversy with the New York Giants? Could be if rookie Daniel Jones has another strong outing in Week 2 of the pre-season against the Chicago Bears on Friday.

Chicago
8-8
AT
August 16, 2019, 7:30 PM ET
MetLife Stadium
Pointspread +3 -102
Moneyline +146
Over / Under o +41
Pointspread -3 -118
Moneyline -175
Over / Under u +41

The Chicago Bears host the New York Giants in Week 12 of the regular season, so expect the game plans in Friday’s pre-season matchup in New Jersey to be even more vanilla than usual as neither coach will want to help the other in terms of preparation for their game that counts.

NFL Point Spread and Betting Analysis

Chicago Bears at NY Giants

Pointspread
  • NY Giants -117 -3
  • Chicago Bears -103 +3

These teams have met four times in pre-season games this century, last in 2012 when the Bears won 20-17 at the Giants. Both teams are led by second-year head coaches. Chicago’s Matt Nagy was the 2018 NFL Coach of the Year and is treated like royalty in the Windy City. Complete job security. New York’s Pat Shurmur is among the favourites to be the first coach fired this season and is under intense scrutiny. Then again, so is every coach/manager of any New York professional team.

The Bears are 2-4 in the pre-season under Nagy, while the Giants are 3-2 under Shurmur.

Chicago Bears

Nagy essentially doesn’t care a lick about wins and losses in the pre-season so it’s not likely that starting quarterback Mitchell Trubisky plays much if at all Friday. He didn’t play last week in a 23-13 home loss to Carolina and didn’t play much in the 2018 exhibition slate. As we mentioned in previewing that Panthers-Bears game, the No. 1 topic with Chicago is the kicking competition between Elliott Fry and Eddy Pineiro. Early edge to Fry because he made his only field goal (from 43 yards) and point-after try against the Panthers, while Pineiro missed one of two field goals.

Rookie running back David Montgomery rushed for a score vs. Carolina and caught three passes. Neither receiver Anthony Miller nor tight end Trey Burton played and neither apparently will this pre-season due to injuries.

New York Giants

Shurmur swears there’s no quarterback controversy on his team, but tell that to the writers at those New York tabloids and the Giants fans. The fans booed incumbent starter Eli Manning off the field after one three-and-out series last Thursday in a 31-22 victory over the Jets and then cheered wildly when first-round rookie Daniel Jones was 5-for-5 for 67 yards and a touchdown on his only drive of the night. Keep in mind that these are the same writers and fans who trashed the Giants for allegedly “reaching” for Jones at No. 6 overall. Jones was actually going to play another series but that was shelved when there was a weather delay of about an hour. Expect to see much more of him Friday.

The Giants avoided potential disaster on their other 2019 first-rounder, cornerback Deandre Baker. The projected starter injured his knee on Sunday in practice and there were fears it could have been a tear, but an MRI revealed only a sprain. He won’t play in this game.

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