N.Y. Giants (2-8; 3-7 ATS) at Chicago (4-6; 3-7 ATS)
Early line: Bears (minus-6 points). Total: (40.5)
NYG 24TH OFF; CHI 8TH DEF
NYG 23RD RUN; CHI 8TH vs. RUN
NYG 18TH PASS; CHI 10TH vs. PASS
NYG 22ND PTS; CHI 4TH PTS ALLOWED
CHI 30TH OFF; NYG 27TH DEF
CHI 29TH RUN; NYG 23RD vs. RUN
CHI 30TH PASS; NYG 25TH vs. PASS
CHI 28TH PTS; NYG 30TH PTS ALLOWED
NYG 31ST TO/TA; CHI T10TH TO-TA
Bears lead all-time series 33-24-2, but Giants have won 4 of last 5 games in series, including 30-27 OT win at Meadowlands in most recent game in Week 13 last season. Giants won game on PK Aldrick Rosas’ 44-yard FG with 5:57 remaining in OT after Bears sent game into OT following WR Anthony Miller’s one-yard TD catch from RB Tarik Cohen on a trick play with no time remaining in regulation. Bears outgained Giants 376-338, but while they did convert 4-of-5 4th downs, they converted only 2-of-15 3rd downs. Giants defense registered 5 sacks of Bears QB Chase Daniel (replacing injured Mitchell Trubisky) and 3 takeaways, including a pick-6 by LB Alec Ogletree for the game’s first score.
GIANTS entered Week 11 bye riding a six-game losing streak after a 34-27 Week 10 defeat to the rival Jets at MetLife Stadium.
With GIANTS heading in the wrong direction and very unlikely to make the playoffs (only one playoff berth since 2011), it's hard to say whether Pat Shurmur will remain the head coach, James Bettcher will remain the defensive coordinator or Dave Gettleman will remain the GM in 2020.
While GIANTS have been outclassed in a couple of games, they have been within a touchdown or less either late in the third or in the fourth quarter in their last 5 games games. They led the Jets entering the fourth quarter in Week 10.
Repeated mistakes have proved costly. The GIANTS have 24 turnovers in 10 games. They had 19 in 2018. Their turnover differential is minus-12, tied for the league worst with Miami and Atlanta entering Week 11 action.
For all of Daniel Jones’ mistakes (17 turnovers, including 3 fumbles returned for TDs in each of the past 3 games), the first-round rookie QB is the GIANTS’ future. A playmaker with heart, Jones has hit on 187-of-297 passes for 1,984 yards and 15 TDs (88.0 QB rating) and is also 2nd on the team in rushing with 32-208 (6.5 ypc) and two TDs.
Jones put up impressive numbers in GIANTS’ Big Apple showdown with Jets. He had 26-40-308-4 TDs-0 INTs (121.7 QB rating) and 3-20 rushing with a long of 11. But he had 3 fumbles (one lost) and was sacked 6 times for 50 yards in losses in Week 10 loss.
GIANTS are miffed by the recent ineffectiveness of RB Saquon Barkley, the No. 2 overall rusher in the NFL last season who keeps taking the high road in explaining his inability to produce since returning from the high sprain to his right ankle that sidelined him for three games.
In GIANTS’ last 4 games, Barkley has carried 64 times for 165 yards (2.58 ypc) and was limited to a jaw-dropping 13-1 rushing vs. Jets. Barkley gained 29-227 rushing in Giants’ first 2 games (7.8 ypc). He was hurt late in the first half against Tampa Bay on Sept. 22, finishing with 8-10 rushing. Adding those numbers in, he was averaging 6.4 ypc.
Rookie WR Darius Slayton, meanwhile, is trending up. The 5th-round draft pick has shown he can do everything. He had career bests of 10 receptions for 121 yards vs. Jets, and his 10 catches were the 2nd-highest total by a GIANTS player this season behind TE Evan Engram, who had 11 catches in Week One. Slayton’s 5 TD catches lead the team.
GIANTS should consider shutting down WR Sterling Shepard after two concussions and six missed games (check status).
Engram, who sat out Week 10 game with a foot injury, is GIANTS’ leading receiver with 44-467-3, followed by WR Golden Tate with 33-417-3 (4-95-2 receiving on 8 targets with a long of 61 (TD) in last game).
GIANTS’ defense has been a disaster. It has given up at least 27 points an NFL-high nine times and at least 31 points six times, tying TB for the league high entering Week 11 action.
GIANTS CB Janoris Jenkins ranked 3rd in league in interceptions with four entering Week 11 action.
GIANTS hope bye week will help Engram, C Jon Halapio (hamstring; DNP in Week 10) and OT Mike Remmers (ankle; DNP in Week 10) get healthy. Also check status of OLT Nate Solder and Jenkins, who left Week 10 game with concussions.
In GIANTS’ Week 13 win over Bears last season, QB Eli Manning had 19-35-170-1 TD-1 INT (65.2 QB rating) while getting sacked 3 times; Barkley had 24-125 rushing (5.2 ypc) with a long of 29 and 3-21 receiving on 4 targets with a long of 17; WR Odell Beckham (now with Browns) had 3-35-1 receiving on 9 targets with a long of 20 and a one-yard TD pass to Manning on a trick play; WR Russell Shepard had a 49-yard TD catch; Ogletree had 2 INTs (including his pick-6) and a team-high 10 tackles; DE B.J. Hill had 3 sacks, 2 TFLs and 3 tackles; WIL Olivier Vernon (now on Browns) had 2 sacks, a FF, a TFL, a PB and 5 tackles; and Rosas connected on 3-of-3 FGs (57,37, 44).
BEARS’ disappointing season continued to go downhill with lackluster 17-7 road loss to Rams in Week 11 Sunday-nighter in which Trubisky was replaced by Daniel in 4th quarter after sustaining a right-hip injury in the first half (check status).
BEARS head coach Chuck Nagy noticed Trubisky was struggling to create power from his lower body after being alerted to the situation by QB coach Dave Ragone in the 2nd half. What Nagy saw was Trubisky making throws that were all arm, ultimately prompting him to pull the 3rd-year QB aside and find out what was happening.
BEARS’ Nagy said he was not aware of the specifics of the injury, apart from his brief conversation with Trubisky on the field. That was seemingly evident from some of the calls Nagy made in critical situations in the 2nd half that put Trubisky on the move, including an option pitch to RB David Montgomery to the short side of the field on 3rd-and-1 that resulted in a TFL.
"You appreciate that the kid did not want to come out, but at the same time we had to know exactly what was going on," BEARS’ Nagy said.
After Cohen’s third-quarter touchdown catch brought BEARS to 10-7, the Rams put game out of reach with 3:35 remaining in the fourth quarter on RB Malcolm Brown’s 5-yard run.
BEARS offense that has struggled mightily all season ran 22 more plays than the Rams but averaged only 3.6 yards (267 yards total). The Bears drove inside the Rams’ 35 on their first three series but had nothing to show for it. PK Eddy Piñeiro missed 48- and 47-yard FG attempts, and Chicago turned it over on downs on the second series.
Trubisky was 24-of 43 passing for 190 yards, one touchdown and one interception (65.1 QB rating). He was 7-of-9 for 66 yards on the BEARS' lone touchdown drive in the third quarter, which ended with a back shoulder 14-yard scoring throw to Cohen.
Daniel was 1-of-4 passing for 9 yards on his lone drive leading the BEARS’ offense, which ended in a turnover on downs.
BEARS defense limited Rams to 283 total yards and 3-of-10 3rd-down conversions and registered two early takeaways but zero sacks. Star OLB Khalil Mack was held without a tackle or sack and now has just one sack in last 6 games.
BEARS ILB Roquan Smith led defense with an INT, a PB, a TFL and a team-high 11 tackles for 2nd straight week (32 tackles in last 3 games).
BEARS’ Piñeiro began the season 9-of-10 on field goals but has missed three straight and four of his last seven. Nagy said after the game that he continues to have faith in his kicker.
Check status of BEARS ORT Bobby Massie, who suffered a back injury in 2nd half in Week 11 and did not return); ILB Danny Trevathan (injured elbow in Week 10; likely to go on I.R.); TE Adam Shaheen (foot; DNP in Week 11); and LB Isaiah Irving (quadricep; DNP in Week 11).
In BEARS’ Week 13 loss to Giants, Daniel had 26-39-285-1 TD-2 INTs (75.3 QB rating) and 4 fumbles (none lost) while getting sacked 5 times; Cohen had 8-30 rushing with a long of 11 and 12-156 receiving on 14 targets with a long of 46, in addition to his TD pass; RB Jordan Howard (now with Eagles) had 16-76 rushing with a long of 25; WR Allen Robinson had 5-79 receiving on 9 targets with a long of 30; CB Kyle Fuller had an INT and 3 PBs; and Mack and DL Akiem Hicks (currently on I.R.) each had a sack, 2 hurries and a PB, as well as a combined 11 tackles.
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