Odds are out for the biggest and best games of the upcoming NFL season. Covers Expert Bruce Marshall gives you his insight into some of these marquee matchups and predicts where the odds could move before kickoff.
NFL Week 6, Thursday, October 10: New York Giants (+2.5) at Chicago
Past history: NYG 2-1 SU and ATS, 1-2 O/U in three meetings since 2006.
Early look at the Giants: New York’s stop unit fell apart down the stretch last season (especially vulnerable vs. the run) and cost Tom Coughlin's team a chance to defend its Super Bowl crown in the playoffs. Defensive coordinator Perry Fewell is thus desperately seeking some upgrades, and a playmaker to emerge in the front seven after DE Osi Umenyiora departed for the Falcons in free agency. QB Eli Manning remains a force on the attack end, but Coughlin is anxiously seeking some offensive balance, compounded by the fact the roster lacks a proven, heavy-duty RB heading into training camp.
Early look at the Bears: By this point in the season we should have a pretty good idea if the Chicago “O” has been upgraded by the presence of new HC Marc Trestman. Remember, the Bears targeted Trestman specifically for his offensive expertise and history as a QB tutor, with hopes that will translate into more consistency for Jay Cutler. Protecting “Midway Jay” was also a problem in the last meeting vs. the G-Men in 2010. Note that Chicago was only 3-7 vs. the line its last ten games at Soldier Field during the Lovie Smith regime.
Where this line will move: At the moment, Chicago appears to be the greater variable among these two, depending upon the impact Trestman has with the offense. If the Bears are winning and Cutler is putting up big numbers in the early weeks, rest assured the public will force the oddsmakers’ hands.