Oct 6, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall (15) warms up before their game against the New Orleans Saints at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports

New York Giants vs Chicago Bears: 5 Things To Watch For


The Chicago Bears may be entering a trap game on Thursday night when the team plays the New York Giants.

Through the first five weeks of the season, the Giants are without a win. That notion has given some sense of relief to Bears fans after the Bears have lost their previous two games.

But the fact that the Giants are still looking for their first win this season is the reason why Bears may need to be concerned about this game.

  1. Giants’ Desperation- The Giants have nothing to lose entering their game against the Bears on Friday–they have already lost it all this season. That being said, the team is desperate for their first win this season. After last Sunday’s loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, Giants’ head coach Tom Coughlin was about as down as he ever was during his entire tenure with the team. The mere fact that the Giants are desperate is reason enough to give some concern for the Bears.
  2. Brandon Marshall‘s Frustrations-Bears’ wide receiver Brandon Marshall has not shied away from the cameras this week. In just about every opportunity he had, Marshall seemingly expressed his frustration with his role in the Marc Trestman offense. Even after a game in where Alshon Jeffery had 218 receiving yards, Marshall put the attention on himself. Safe to say that if Marshall continues to be a decoy for the Bears offense on Thursday, his frustrations will continue to grow.
  3. Chicago Bears’ Defensive Line-The Chicago Bears defensive line can not be any thinner with season ending injuries to Henry Melton and Nate Collins while Stephen Paea deals with a toe injury. The consensus is that Corey Wootton  will get a look inside with David Bass also seeing significant playing time. The Bears’ defensive line has struggled this season but is facing an offensive line with the Giants that have been equally as bad.
  4. Bears’ Defense Must Create Turnovers-Turnovers and the Chicago Bears’ defense are two things that are synonymous with one another. However, in the team’s past two games against the New Orleans Saints and Detroit Lions, the Bears defense did not record a single turnover. If the Bears’ defense does not create turnovers then the team is not going to be successful. The Giants’ offense is one of the leading teams this season when it comes to turnovers meaning that should bode well for the Bears’ defense.
  5. Offensive Play-Call-In games against the Lions and Saints, the offensive play call of the Bears has been questionable. That is something that needs to change. The Bears offense did manage to generate success in their two losses this season, but by the time they did, the team was already facing an uphill climb. The play-call for the Bears offense against the Giants is certainly something that needs to be focused on as we are still waiting for Trestman to truly show his offensive intelligence.

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