The Giants are 8-point underdogs to the Bears in Chicago tonight. They are 0-5 and going in the wrong direction. Turnovers, poor play, ineffective coaching, age and subpar talent have relegated the Giants to spend this season in the cellar of the NFC East.
They have lost several key players to injury and many others are playing hurt. It’s only Week Six.
The staff at BBB provides some insight on what to expect from the Giants tonight:
Tom Uddo, Contributor
There is no way the Giants can beat the Bears on Thursday night and will ultimately fall to 0-6. This team’s season is free-falling out of control and each week, it only get worse. The Bears have an offense that looks ridiculously scary on paper; Matt Forte, Brandon Marshall, Jay Cutler and even Alshon Jeffrey has proved he can light up defenses. Speaking of defenses…the Giants have been invisible when it comes to the defensive line. Cutler, who is known for being sacked and throwing picks, will have an easy time spreading the ball around the field if he is protected all night. I say this game comes down to defense and after the debacle last week against the Eagles, the Giants are doomed.
Jim Mancari, Contributor
It seems like every week, I’ve been telling myself the same thing: This is the week the Giants finally break out and get a win. But it just hasn’t happened, nor do I expect it to happen tonight. A short week after a tough loss and taking on a very good defense is not exactly the recipe for success for Big Blue. The Bears’ front will put tons of pressure on Eli Manning and the makeshift offensive line. The problem is that the Giants have no running game to speak of, so the pressure on Eli is going to make moving the ball downfield rather difficult. And of course, the Bears are known for creating defensive turnovers. It’s amazing that the team is somehow still alive based on the rest of the division struggling as well. But until the Giants get into the win column, there can be no talk of playoffs. I’m hoping for a competitive performance, but I’m not feeling too confident. Bears 27, Giants 20
John Fennelly, Lead Writer
I think everyone knows where I stand here. I can’t envision the Giants winning this ballgame. However, if they can play a clean game and get some pressure on Jay Cutler, they could hang around in this one into the second half. I need to see this to believe it. They can’t block for the run game and, even more important, they aren’t protecting Eli. They are averaging seven penalties a game, which for a Tom Coughlin team, is uncharacteristic to say the least.
Through five games the Giants are an incredible -13 in turnover ratio, are allowing 36.4 points per game (which, if sustained, would set an NFL record for points allowed) and have recorded only five sacks. They won’t be able to beat any team until they stop beating themselves.