The Chicago Bears (3-2) face off against the New York Giants (0-5) at Soldier Field on Thursday Night Football at 7:25 CT. This game will feature a Giants team that is desperate for a win, and a Bears team that needs a win to right the ship.
The Giants have had nothing go their way all year. They have not gone 0-5 to start the year since 1987, and that is not the only thing that is troubling for them. In their five games, the Giants have been outscored by 100 points. They are one of the worst teams in the NFL save for the Jacksonville Jaguars, and the Jaguars are pretty awful.
Chicago Bears can finally unleash offense
You can go ahead and throw out previous success for this game –the Giants have beaten their last two against the Bears — since there’s no way that gives them any hope this time around.
Bears running back Matt Forte finally has a chance to ignite the offense and set them up for big plays, and he will hit the ground running from the first play. The defense will have the opportunity to pad their numbers and shore up any remaining issues, considering they are going up against a quarterback in Eli Manning who has been sacked 15 times and thrown a league-high 12 interceptions, and improve their fundamentals. For example, last week’s crucial gaffe by Bears linebacker Lance Briggs, where he jumped offsides on fourth down and gave the Saints ammunition to run out the clock, will be a thing of the past against this Giants offense.
They will be a much more disciplined team under the lights of Soldier Field, a team that will send the Giants on their way to their first 0-6 start in 37 years. Wide receiver play will loom large, and it will be key if the Bears want to get off to the quick start they have been lacking as of late. Bears wideout Brandon Marshall, who recently made comments about his unhappiness in the offense, will have his chance to get as many targets as he pleases and help kickstart the offense.
Giants’ wide receiver Victor Cruz will be a big key to a New York victory, so the Bears will need to key on him early. Hakeem Nicks, the struggling number two wideout of the Giants, needs to pick it up and prove he is worthy of being on that team if he wants to help the Giants to a victory. You never know what you will get on a given night with him, so the Bears should keep an eye on him as well.
Bears’ quarterback Jay Cutler will look to have a big night, since he has not had one of those in a while and is used to playing from behind lately. That will not be the case in this game, as the Giants defense is not what it once was. In each of their last five games, they have allowed 31 points, tying a record set by the 1954 Chicago Cardinals.
The Giants are backed into a corner, so I would not be surprised if they came out a completely different team and gave the Bears a game. However, I think the Bears will finally be the team we all thought they would be at the beginning of the year and embarrass the Giants out of the stadium.