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WEEK 10 2006
BEARS AT GIANTS
One of more anticipated match-ups in the NFL will be seen Sunday night on NBC when Chicago visits the Giants in a battle of the NFC elite. Granted if the Bears were still perfect the game would be that much better. But after both teams struggled last week, neither wants to come out again and put up a lackluster effort. Nonetheless, the Bears still have the NFC’s best record at 7-1 and a victory in New York would redeem themselves for that home disaster to Miami this past Sunday. The Giants are at 6-2 and could make the statement that they are actually the league’s best team with the win.
Chicago has faired well away from Soldier Field, going 3-0 thus far. The Giants are 4-1 this year at home, their only loss coming in the season opener to Peyton and the Colts. The Bears still have the NFL’s best defense, only giving up 12.5 points per game. The Giants, too, have a solid defensive unit, allowing 18 per game.
Chicago Bears at New York Giants 11/12 8:15 pm (NBC)
Line: New York -3
After a second awful performance in three weeks by Chicago quarterback Rex Grossman, critics will be quick to say that Brian Griese could see time if things don’t improve. Grossman has 12 interceptions this year and Griese is a proven veteran. However Rex is still the starter and has a great chance to prove he should remain the number one guy with a victory this Sunday.
Over the last 19 games against NFC competition the Bears are 12-5-2 ATS. They are 5-3 against the number this season, as are the Giants. The last time these two teams played against each other was in 2004, the Bears getting the best of the match-up and winning 28-21.
This past Sunday the Giants struggled against Houston, failing to cover a 13-point spread against the road Texans. Prior to that New York had covered four in a row. The G-Men are 10-4-1 ATS vs. a team with a winning record and are 11-5 ATS in their last 16 home games.
Chicago is 6-1 ATS in their last seven games following an ATS loss. After failing to cover a huge spread in Arizona back on MNF, they responded with a 41-10 destruction of San Francisco two weeks back. Chicago is, however, 1-4-1 ATS in their last six road games.
The under for the Giants is 6-0 over the last six as the home favorite.