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Back to Basics
Posted By Smiley On Oct 10 2013 @ 4:43 pm In All Sports,Chicago Bears | No Comments
New York Giants at Chicago Bears
Soldier Field ; Chicago, Illinois
7:25 p.m. Thursday Night
The Bears are on a two game losing streak after a reversal of roles against the Lions in Detroit and a rough offensive game against the Saints. Against a waning Giants, the Bears will try to establish their offense that has suffered from cold starts, similar to last year. The Giants have lost their first 5 games even being shutout by the Panthers and allowing 30+ points, which in itself is a feat no team wants to be known for. With that in mind, the Giants have their own problems to worry about and try to correct against a Bears team that “isn’t as good as they can be but not as bad as they have shown to be”.
For the Bears, Alshon Jeffery has come into his own and has blossomed into an impressive #2 receiver like many analysts thought he would be. He leads the Bears in receiving yards with 429 and manage to rack up 200+ against the Saints. This provides a new problem for opposing defenses who have to decide who needs more attention Brandon Marshall or Jeffery. Along with the threat Martellus Bennett has emerged as the Bears can formulate a good attack against the Giants secondary as the Giants rank 22nd against the pass. However, the Giants defensive woes do not start their as they have allowed 630 yards through 5 games. The Bears will certainly look to get the running game in a good place in this game before a bye week in two weeks.
Eli Manning in away is doing his best to cancel out the problems of the defense by being the reason the Giants are 10th in the league in passing yards but he also leads the league in interceptions with 13. Maybe if he could have a consistent rushing game he could have a chance but with longtime offensive lineman Chris Snee on Injured Reserved and David Wilson to miss tonight’s game, there doesn’t seem to be a bright spot yet.
If by some clever game planning the Giants secondary can shut down the Bears top two receivers and leave them to run unsuccessfully, the Giants may have a chance as long as Eli can keep the clock in favor of his team and not the other team by turning the ball over. Yet, if they Bears get a ground game going, New York may not be able to stop it. Some may say this is a trap game but everything the Giants do well, the Bears are good at stopping; and everything the Giants do not do well, the Bears are known for capitalizing on. For example, turnovers, poor running game, and poor rushing defense.
New York Giants: 7
Chicago Bears: 27
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