It is a short week for the Chicago Bears as they have a quick turnaround from Sunday’s loss to the New Orleans Saints as the team plays the New York Giants on Thursday. For that reason, Da Windy City has modified our coverage of the Bears this week. Instead of doing some of our peripheral coverage in terms of power rankings and wager Wednesday, we are diving right into covering the game between the Giants and Bears.
We begin with the scouting report of the Giants’ last game.
Now if you would like to remain a fan of football, do yourself a favor and avoid any sort of highlights from the Giants loss to the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday. Needless to say, the Giants’ effort was ugly as it has been all season and that is why the team is still looking for their first win on the season.
But if you have the stomach to withstand the Giants’ showing against Eagles, here is what you should have taken away from the game.
- Eli Manning Is In Love With Turnovers-Despite having thrown for over 300 yards against the Eagles on Sunday, Giants’ quarterback Eli Manning threw three interceptions. Manning had 9 interceptions entering the Giants game on Sunday and now has 12 on the season. There is no question that Manning has struggled this season with turnovers and they continued against the Eagles. This trend figures to bode well for the Bears’ defense–a defense that is dependent on turnovers to be successful.
- Lack Of A Running Game-On Sunday, the Giants’ offense featured 52 pass attempts against only 17 rush attempts. An imbalance like that on offense will always make it difficult for a team to come away with a victory. Neither Brandon Jacobs nor David Wilson have been effective this season often forcing Manning to pass more during games. As was the case on Sunday, that only creates more opportunities for opposing defenses to generate turnovers.
- No Defensive Pressure–Remember when the Bears last played the Giants in New York and quarterback Jay Cutler was sacked 5+ times in the first half to force the quarterback out of the game with a concussion? Well this year’s Giants’ defense has five sacks on the entire season. The Giants simply have not been generating a pass rush this season. Against the Eagles the Giants did record 1 sack but the struggle is still there. If the Giants’ can’t create pressure on Cutler this Thursday, then the Bears should have ease in ending their two game losing streak.