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Bears listed as 5.5-point favorites in matchup vs. Giants

Bettors are favoring the Bears to start their season off at 2-0.

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After pulling away with a miraculous fourth-quarter comeback in Week 1, the Bears enter their home opener against the Giants on Sunday with an undefeated record. If the confidence of bettors is any indication, they could come away with two straight wins to start the year.

The point spread has listed the Bears all week as 5.5-point favorites to beat the Giants. The over/under for total points scored sits at a current average of 42 points between major betting platforms. 71 percent of bettors like the Bears’ odds of winning by a total greater than 5.5 points, while 57 percent are currently hitting the over for the total points scored in the game.

The lines weren’t too kind to the Bears last week, as they were listed as 2.5-point underdogs heading into Detroit for Week 1. Though things looked good for most of the game for those who bet the under, a 21-point comeback fueled in the fourth quarter by a three-touchdown performance from Mitchell Trubisky and a key interception by Kyle Fuller gave the Bears the lead after trailing for most of the game prior to that point.

New York took on the Steelers on Monday night in a game that saw the Giants lose 26-16. Though second-year quarterback Daniel Jones threw for 279 yards and two touchdowns, he also threw two interceptions and was sacked three times. Star running back Saquon Barkley was also held to just six rushing yards on 15 carries.

The Bears enter their Week 2 matchup as the favorites, but that doesn’t mean the game will be a walk in the park. In order to help force Jones into making poor decisions under center, Chicago will have to amp up their pass rush after sacking Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford just once last Sunday.