The New York Giants opened the week as 4.5-point home underdogs against the Chicago Bears, and that has remained relatively steady, opening Saturday at +3.5 at most sportsbooks.
Although most expert picked the Bears, there were a small few who went against them and picked the Giants.
How does the Giants Wire staff see this Week 13 battle shaking out? Here’s a look at our picks and score predictions:
Dan Benton: Giants 21, Bears 20
I must be crazy. I have no logical reason to pick the Giants in this game because, realistically, they have no business winning it. Even with Mitch Trubisky out, one of the best defenses in the league should be more than enough to stop an inconsistent offense that’s been plagued with underperformance for three straight years.
Of course, that’s the exact reason I’m picking the Giants. I’ve followed this team for over 30 years and if I’ve learned anything at all, it’s that they play up or down to the level of their competition. Sunday will be no different as Big Blue walks away with a win and destroys knockout fantasy players the country-over.
John Fennelly: Bears 30, Giants 13
Mitchell Trubisky or not, the Giants defense will give up big plays to this Bears offense on Sunday. Expect backup quarterback Chase Daniel to log in an error-free performance as the Giants will put minimal pressure on him.
Running back/return specialist Tarik Cohen is clear mismatch in the passing game for any of the Giants’ back seven to handle and Jordan Howard will keep them honest in the run game. Expect wide receiver Allen Robinson and tight end Trey Burton to slice through them as well.
On offense, the Giants will have to try and play a clean game and keep linebacker Khalil Mack at bay. Not an easy task. They are clearly out of their depth in this game as they are outmanned talent-wise in the trenches vs these Bears.
Doug Rush: Bears 24, Giants 13
Last week’s loss against the Philadelphia Eagles was a crushing blow, as it likely ended a lot of realistic chances of the Giants running the table and potentially making a playoff push.
Meanwhile, the Bears are coming off a huge Thanksgiving win against the Detroit Lions, are well rested and playing with one of the league’s best defenses.
Eli Manning needs to be wary of Khalil Mack, and if the offensive line isn’t on top of their game, it could be a long day for the offense, who put up three points and looked out of sync in the second half against the Eagles.
After this game, the Bears will look like a team heard for the postseason, while the Giants look like a team headed for a high draft pick again.
Tyler Henry: Bears 21, Giants 20
This is a tough game for the Giants. Big Blue will be without Kerry Wynn and B.J. Goodson on defense, and the dual running back threat for the Bears will likely cause problems for the Giants defense.
The Bears will have Chase Daniels starting at quarterback with Mitchell Trubisky most likely out due to injury. This will help the Giants’ defense, but I have a feeling points will be hard to come by for Big Blue. The challenge of Khalil Mack and the strong Chicago Defense will likely be too much for the Giants to handle.
Although they won the game, Big Blue did not fair well against the Texans pass rush back in Week 3. J.J. Watt had three sacks in that game and I feel a similar type game coming from Khalil Mack this Sunday.
If the Giants want to have a chance in this game, they must establish Saquon Barkley in both the running and passing game early and stick to it. Barkley has proved to be the key in both parts of the offense. I expect a close game, but I think most likely the Giants will fall short against a strong Bears team.
Kevin Hickey: Bears 20, Giants 15
The Giants have been playing better as of late, but they face arguably the best defense in the NFL led by Bears pass rusher Khalil Mack. The offensive line has held their own, but Mack represents a challenge they haven’t seen possibly all year. It could be tough sledding for Saquon Barkley between the tackles though he should make up for it in the passing game.
With Chase Daniel under center, the Bears offense isn’t as strong, which should keep the Giants in the game. However, failing to slow down Chicago’s pass rush will ultimately lead to a loss.
Mike Moraitis: Bears 23, Giants 6
The Giants get a bit of a reprieve in their Week 13 matchup with quarterback Mitchell Trubisky sidelined, but his backup, Chase Daniel, has already proved to be serviceable in relief of Trubisky on Thanksgiving. With or without Trubisky, the Giants are up against it this week against arguably the best defense in the NFL, sporting an elite pass rush starring Khalil Mack.
It’s hard to envision a scenario in which Eli Manning is successful in this game, as he’ll be facing pressure all day long. Even if Daniel bombs, the Bears defense will exploit Big Blue’s shoddy offensive line en route to putting immense pressure on Manning and forcing turnovers. Manning may just be lucky to escape with his health after this game.