Week 2 of the pre-season continues into the weekend since the Chicago Bears Visit the Meadowlands for a Friday night showdown vs. the New York Giants.
While both these teams are slated to be on opposite ends of this spectrum in the forthcoming regular season, it has come to be immediately obvious that both Chicago and New York are handling the pre-season otherwise.
For the Bears, they are primed for still another run in the NFC North title and as a result are really easing many of their starters to the normal season. They do play the first game of this season as well, kicking off from Green Bay on Thursday, September 5th.
On the opposite side would be the Giants. Observing an impressive showing in a week’s game, there is suddenly a ton of optimism for the lowly Giants. They beat the Jets last week using a high octane attack, and rookie first-round quarterback Daniel Jones appeared exciting in his introduction. Most fans and pundits alike are surely eager to find out what he could do in Week 2 with extended time and even some reps with the first-teamers. Just how long is it before Daniel Jones surpasses Eli Manning as the beginning? This is certainly a position to see going forward.
As far as display games go, this is expected to be quite the leading match-up on Friday night — loaded with intrigue, drama, and storylines. Read on below as we delve deeper into the thickness on either side, in addition to offer you a winner to begin off your weekend on the ideal note. Enjoy the Giants vs. Bears!
Chicago Bears +2 (-115)
@ New York Giants -2 (-105)
More than 42 (-110)
Under 42 (-110)
Few groups approach the slate of pre-season matches with more indifference than the Chicago Bears correct now. Head coach Matt Nagy has repeatedly been on record lamenting the period of the program and the way that it’s not an environment he would like to truly expose his starters to. He has seen some unfortunate injuries occur in meaningless games and desperately wishes to avoid that situation . Last week, Mitchell Trubisky was satisfied to hand the ball off multiple times, and just like that — his afternoon was completed. Expect a similar output in Week 2.
The Bears have instead prioritized simulated games and replicating actual conditions in an controlled atmosphere for their own group. They rented a stadium, put in lighting, rented a DJ, etc. — to make an atmosphere which may replicate opening night on September 5th. The starters received a ton of reps based on Nagy and that he had been content with both the actions seen from the first-team defense and offense. Consequently, don’t expect much action in the renowned Bears players on Friday night. It will be a lot of Chase Daniel and Tyler Bray on Friday evening, which ought to be quite a welcome sight to get a hungry Giants’ defense.
For New York, they are treating this contest somewhat differently since they didn’t go out and program their own practice game. This will be their practice, and all indications are that their starters will observe a good chunk of time, even probably for upwards of an whole quarter. Head coach Pat Shurmur had to alter his plan of attack last week because of a serious weather delay, but with clear skies in sight — it sounds as if he will let both Eli Manning and Daniel Jones play the vast majority of the starters, along with the first-team offensive line. This is good news for the Giants and also decent intel for bettors of this particular battle. The border ought to be important in getting the Giants’ starters probably feast on the Bears’ backups for an whole quarter.
Underneath Manning and Jones, Shurmur has said that he would also want to appraise the other QB’s on the roster — Alex Tanney along with Kyle Lauletta. While neither inspire much confidence under center, the direct New York possesses from the first half should be very much safe into the second-half for a complete game wager. If you are feeling stressed, you could always bet the G-Men in just the first half, however, New York should be comfortable winners before their home crowd. Expect another solid outing for Daniel Jones to continue to build on.