The 6-3 New York Giants, welcome the struggling 2-7 Chicago Bears, into Met Life stadium this Sunday. The Giants are coming off their Monday night victory vs the Bengals , where Rashad Jennings ran the clock down in the 4th quarter, to see the Giants home with a 21-20 win. On the other hand, the Bears come to New Jersey on the back of a crushing 36-10 defeat to the Buccaneers. A game Jay Cutler will want to forget, as he threw 2 interceptions for only 182 yards.
The Bears come into this game without their number one receiver, Alshon Jeffrey, who has been banned for four games for violating the leagues policy on performance-enhancing substances. A huge loss for the Bears miserable passing offense, who have only found the endzone 9 times through the air this season.
A positive for the Bears this year has been their defense, who rank 11th in the league vs the run, giving up 98.4 yards per game. Furthermore, the Bears rank in the top 10 in the league in sacks, racking up 24 for the year (1o more than the Giants), and much has been said this week from linebacker Pernell McPhee, who claims “We gonna tear their ass up” and “I don’t care what everybody else did. We gonna sack him (Manning)”. McPhee may have a point, although he puts it across horrendously. The Giants offensive line has been patchy all year and is now injury ridden, with Justin Pugh injured and his replacement Brett Jones also out. A run game might help Eli Manning out.
The rushing attack was okay vs the Bengal, but nothing more than that. Rashad Jennings had his best game of the season in terms of yards, 87 from 15 attempts. The Giants were able to use up a lot of the clock in the 4th quarter by running the ball, this could be key going forward for this offense, who don’t look comfortable leading the game late in the 4th and are forced to lean on their poor rushing attack.
The Giants defense continues to play at super bowl level, with Landon Collins and Janoris Jenkins having pro bowl years. The Giants are the best team in the league when it comes to the redzone, with an opponent redzone scoring percentage (touchdowns only) of only 41.94%.
One to watch
Like Rashad Jennings, Will Tye is also coming off his best game of the season, with 5 catches for 53 yards. The Bears allowed Buccaneers TE Cameron Brate to have a huge game last week, with 7 catches 84 yards and a touchdown, so I expect the Giants to target Tye throughout the game to capitalise on the Bears weakness.
Since the bye, and the dropping of Larry Donnell, rookie TE Jerell Adams has seen a lot more snaps and has started to get comfortable in this offense, catching his first career touchdown last week. I’d like to see Adams and Tye on the field a lot more together, as both are a threat in the passing game and Adams has proved to be a very good blocker.
Prediction; Giants 35-13 Bears
“The Giants will put up their first 30 point game of the season, as they brush aside the Bears”
The only way the Giants lose this game is if they beat themselves, with turnovers and penalties. But even saying that, I feel the defense is too strong for the Bears, and I’m predicting they get into the endzone themselves, to put up that 30 pointer.