Giants vs. Bears: Betting odds, preview, trends and pick

Joe Camporeale-US PRESSWIRE

The Bears are favored Thursday night to beat up the slumping Giants, but is this a spot for New York to finally break through? The G-men have won four in a row at Chicago but are 7.5-point underdogs in Week 6.

The New York Giants will try to snap out of an 0-5 SU and ATS slump this Thursday night when they visit the Chicago Bears, a team they have beaten four straight times at Soldier Field.

The Giants were a 7.5-point underdog at midweek, according to most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark.

After watching the first five weeks of the regular season unfold, it is incredible to note that New York was the preseason favorite to win the NFC East. Nothing is working for the Giants, who are scoring just 16.4 points per game while allowing a league-worst 36.4 points per game.

The struggles that New York had on defense in 2012 were obviously not the fluke many thought they were, and Eli Manning has regressed badly with 12 interceptions through the first five games.

Chicago got off to a hot start with a 3-0 SU and 1-1-1 ATS record out of the gate, but ran into two tough opponents over the last two weeks in Detroit and New Orleans for two straight losses, both straight up and against the spread. Chicago's defensive struggles have been a big surprise.

Perennially one of the league's top defenses, the Bears are allowing 28 points per game this season, forcing Jay Cutler and the offense into shootout situations. In a weird twist, the Bears have been terrible at home against NFC East teams over the years (3-10-1 ATS at home since 1999).

The Giants could be just what the doctor ordered for Chicago to get back on track. New York is playing so badly and with so little confidence on both sides of the ball that it is hard to make a case for the Giants this week, but history is on their side. In its last 13 games as an underdog of seven points or more, New York is 7-6 SU and 11-2 ATS.

We are so accustomed to seeing the Giants as contenders that this feels like something they have to "snap out of" eventually, but the signs of life just haven't been there this season. Until they are, this seems like a team that bettors should continue to fade.

PICK: Chicago -7.5 | Computer Prediction: 26-7 Bears (via Odds Shark NFL picks computer)

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