The New York Giants are in quite the predicament: Starting the season 0-5 and going into Week 6 traveling to Soldier Field, to face off against the 3-2 Chicago Bears. The Giants are still looking for that elusive first win of the season, but it’ll be tough to get it this week in Chicago on a short week. Can they pull it off?
Here’s what to watch for:
The Giants secondary is banged up — very banged up. Their secondary unit (what’s left of it) is missing Aaron Ross and Corey Webster, and they’re going against two big and physical wide receivers in Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery, who combine for 807 yards and five touchdowns. Since the pass-rush isn’t producing much pressure on opposing quarterbacks, the secondary unit will have a tough time. They have to get physical with the Bears receivers, jam them at the line and interrupt their timing.
Giants running backs
Speaking of banged up, this is another unit that fell apart. First, the Giants lost running back Andre Brown, and now the team lost David Wilson for a while — but even before Wilson went down, the Giants’ run game has been ineffective. The Giants are averaging a league-low 56.8 yards per game, which goes in hand with how terrible Eli Manning is playing — no running game leads to no passing game. With the injuries, the Giants will have to go with a backfield combination of Brandon Jacobs and Da’Rel Scott. The Bears defense is physical, so the Giants will have to keep pounding the ball and tire out the Bears defense to try and get something going.
What happened to the two-time Super Bowl MVP? This is his worst season yet — Eli Manning has a league high 13 turnovers with one fumble and 12 interceptions; three of those were in the fourth quarter. Manning has also been off target throughout five games, completing only 53 percent of his passes. But it’s not all his fault. His offensive line’s inability to block opposing defenders is killing is production. Manning has already been sacked 15 times and will get more pressure on Thursday from a physical Bears defense.
The Giants have to limit their turnovers, but that will be difficult to accomplish since the Giants have been careless with the football, committing 20 of them. Meanwhile, the Bears defense thrives off of creating turnovers and is currently third in the league with 14 takeaways. Can the Giants fix in time for Thursday night? It’s not impossible, but from what we’ve seen so far from Big Blue, it will most likely not happen. Not for this game.