After losing to the undefeated 5-0 New Orleans Saints last Sunday, doctor the Bears now face another team making headlines, patient but this time for all the wrong reasons. The Bears welcome the worst team in the NFC, capsule the 0-5 New York Giants Thursday night at Soldier Field. Being 0-5 makes the Giants look like an easy target, but don’t be fooled, you better believe that it’s all the more reason for them to come to Chicago guns blazing, in order to garner their first W of the season.
THE GIANTS ENEMY
This week’s enemy is none other than the Giants’ #1 scapegoat, quarterback Eli Manning. Now, if you’ve followed the Giants season at all or listen to anything ESPN-related, you’re probably thinking “what the heck is Lara thinking?” and I totally understand why. Eli and the Giants have become the punching bag of the NFL. Manning has thrown 12 interceptions in their five losses, completing only 53.7% of his passes in the process but I do have my reasoning, so let me explain.
- Eli’s been down before and gotten back up. In 2011, the Giants had a 6-2 start to the season and then went on a 4-game losing streak. Because of the skid they had the lowest winning record of any NFC team as they entered the 2011 postseason. That year they went on to beat the favored Patriots in the Super Bowl. Now, that sort of comeback is not even an option this year because the teams’ problems are far too widespread but he’s certainly not going to give up just yet.
- The Bears are hurtin’ on defense, literally. If losing defensive tackle Henry Melton wasn’t bad enough, the Bears will also be missing his replacement Nate Collins due to a knee injury. Defensive tackle Stephen Paea, suffering a toe injury, did not practice Monday and had limited practice yesterday, so he remains questionable as well. What I’m getting at is that Chicago’s injury-ridden defense may lend itself well to Manning and the Giants’ incompetent offense to make a breakthrough on Thursday. Key word being ‘may’.
- Manning has some pretty solid options when it comes to who he’s getting the ball to. WR Hakeem Nicks caught nine passes for 142 yards and Reuben Randle made six catches for 96 yards and two touchdowns on Sunday. Those two will be key, along with WR Victor Cruz, in putting some points on the board for the Giants. Maybe all Manning needs to do is give big bro Peyton, who is breaking records left and right at the ripe age of 37, a call before Thursday’s game to get some advice. Let’s hope he doesn’t.
THE GIANTS EYE CANDY
This week’s eye candy is safety Ryan Mundy. I must have a thing for safetys, huh? After spending four seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers, he signed with the New York Giants on March 14th of this year. In his college days, Mundy played for Michigan and West Virginia.
The eye candy safety has tallied a whopping 49 tackles in the Giants’ five losses. In their season opener against the Cowboys, Mundy intercepted a pass intended for rookie Terrance Williams and ran for 91 yards. Pretty impressive, right? He is known for being very physical and that will be key this week if they are going to stand a chance at Soldier Field.
According to ESPN Stats & Information the 182 points the Giants have allowed in their first five games are the fifth-most in league history. Furthermore, the Giants have been outscored by 100 points so far this season. I anticipate Cutler and the Bears adding to that number in a big way this Thursday to tally their 4th win of the season. Tune in to the NFL Network on Thursday at 7:25 PM to see if I’m right.