Jim Mancari, ContributorEach week, I will be taking a look at the Giants’ media notes to pull out some interesting facts about the upcoming opponent.
The Giants (0-5) are still searching for their first win of the season as they travel to the Windy City Thursday night to take on the Chicago Bears (3-2).
The Giants are 19-27-2 all-time against the Bears but won the last matchup between the two teams, 17-3, on Oct. 3, 2010.
Here are some interesting Giants’ notes about this week’s opponent:
- Tom Coughlin is 3-4 in the regular season against Chicago. Bears’ head coach Marc Trestman will make his debut against the Giants.
- Eli Manning is 2-1 in his career against the Bears, including a two-game winning streak in which he completed near 60 percent of his passes in both wins.
- Manning needs 454 yards to eclipse Phil Simms as the franchise’s all-time leader in passing yards. He is averaging 286 passing yards per game this season, which puts him on track to break the record next week against the Minnesota Vikings.
Here are some Giants-Bears connections:
- Bears’ tight end Martellus Bennett started all 16 games for the Giants last season and caught 55 passes for 626 receiving yards and five touchdowns.
- Giants’ cornerback Trumaine McBride was originally a seventh-round draft choice by the Bears in 2007. He spent three seasons in Chicago, recording 48 tackles, six passes defended, one interception, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.
- Giants’ defensive coordinator Perry Fewell was the secondary coach for the Bears in 2005, when Chicago led the NFC with 24 interceptions.
- Victor Cruz is one catch away from 200 for his career. He’s also two touchdowns away from 25 for his career.
- Manning is one touchdown pass away from 220 for his career.
- Jason Pierre-Paul is 1.5 sacks away from 30.0 career sacks.
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