The New York Giants (2-1) will take on the Chicago Bears (2-1) this Sunday afternoon at MetLife Stadium in their first of two legacy games of the 2022 regular season.
Experts are leaning heaving toward New York this week — 9:1 — with all of them expecting a one-score game.
How does the Giants Wire staff see this Week 4 battle shaking out? Here’s a look at our picks and score predictions:
The Giants aren’t exactly a deep team nor are they exceptionally talented on offense, but the Bears are lacking in every form and facet. Provided Daniel Jones can avoid a costly mistake, there’s little reason to believe Big Blue can’t steamroll Chicago.
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Chicago cannot throw the football and it’s doubtful they’ll start doing that with any success this week. If the Giants’ stop the run, the game is over. Big if. The Giants have not been very good against the run and with Leonard Williams is out again, those struggles could continue. A low-scoring game is expected (O/U is 39.5) but the Giants have a top kicker in Graham Gano and are due for a better well-rounded effort after falling short last week against Dallas.
The Giants come into this one hoping to rebound from their loss against Dallas on Monday night. When you look at the Bears, there aren’t a lot of big names that jump out at you but they have been running the ball efficiently. As long as the Giants don’t overlook the running game they should be able to get the win on Sunday. I am expecting a lot of the Saquon Barkley for the Giants offense with the wide receivers depleted by injury. Hopefully, the offensive line plays better than they did on Monday night. I think the game will remain close throughout but ultimately the Giants will be able to pull away In the final minutes.
It’s going to be an ugly game, but the Giants are the better team here. Saquon Barkley looks back to his old self and even though Leonard Williams won’t be there, the Giants defense should be able to create enough exotic looks to keep Justin Fields uncomfortable. It all comes down to what kind of help Daniel Jones gets from a depleted wide receiver corps and whether the offensive line can end its love affair of being a revolving door for pass rushers.
In a battle of two awful offenses in what looks like possible inclement weather, the team with the better rushing offense should win. And in this case this is the New York Giants as they currently have the second leading rusher in the NFL. Both teams will likely struggle in this match but Saquon Barkley may be able to put the Giants over the top as they dawn the classic uniforms at home.
The Giants are on a short week, but the Bears are a boring team this year and haven’t been impressive. The Bears will get their yards on the ground, but the Giants do enough to come away with the win.