The Chicago Bears are entering what appears to be an easy game on Thursday night against the New York Giants. The Giants have yet to win a game on the season and provide a perfect opponent for a Bears team that has lost their past two games.
In their past two games–both losses against the New Orleans Saints and Detroit Lions–the Bears struggled early on offense while not being able to force any turnovers on defense.
Now, the Bears attempt to correct their previous errors in what appears to be a bounce-back game against the Giants on Thursday.
That is why it would be a devastating blow if the Bears were the team that the Giants secured their first victory of the season against. The Bears are riding a two game losing streak, a loss to the season would likely set a gloom tone for the rest of the season.
That is why the Bears must follow these keys to the game in order to avoid a three game losing streak.
- Weather The Storm-Chances are there will be an initial flurry of energy by the Giants on Thursday. The Giants are looking for their first win of the season, the team is going to be desperate. A desperate team–especially a team that has talent with quarterback Eli Manning and wide receivers Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz–that is also a dangerous team. That would be why the Bears need to withstand the initial surge from the Giants and play within themselves.
- Force The Giants To Pass-Eli Manning, despite the turnovers, is still a very good quarterback. The problem is Manning and the Giants’ offense are not equipped to be passing for the majority of the game. That is why Manning has had 12 interceptions this season. The production from the Giants’ running backs this season has been non-existent. The Bears’ need to continue that trend on defense against the Giants and force Manning to put the ball in the air. To that end, the Bears band-aid defensive line must be able to generate pressure on the Giants’ quarterback.
- Utilize Matt Forte-There is trend going about the Chicago Bears’ offense this season. In games against the Cincinnati Bengals, Minnesota Vikings and Pittsburgh Steelers, Matt Forte was a focal part of the team’s offense. That is why it should come as no surprise that the Bears won those three games. In games against the Lions and Saints–both of which were losses–Forte’s production was minimized. It goes back to the belief that Forte is the most important player to the Bears offense. The offense goes the way that Forte goes. For that reason, the Bears need utilize Forte against the Giants.