As the New York Giants prepare to take on the Chicago Bears this Sunday afternoon at Soldier Field, it hard not to think about almost a year ago that Big Blue had their biggest win of their season against Chicago.
In case you have forgotten, the two teams met on December 2nd, 2018 when the Bears fell in overtime to the Giants 30-27. Things changed after this game for New York.
This was the last game in a Giants uniform for Odell Beckham and Landon Collins who moved on at the end of the season. This also marked Eli Manning’s last home win as a starter for the Giants.
The Bears on the other were on top of the world as a top dog in the NFC North. Prepping for the playoffs and had one of the top defenses in the league. Only a a missed Field Goal prevented them to moving on to play the Saints in the 2nd round of the NFL playoffs.
These little facts mean nothing as Sunday’s game will have a different cast with different stories. The main story being both teams desperately needing a win.
The offensive line will have their work cut out for them on Sunday as the front line of the Chicago is one of the best in the league. Giants offensive coordinator Mike Shula stated his concern for theup start defense getting to his star rookie QB.
“Those guys are really good players, and they’re not the only two that can rush the passer” Shula stated during his press conference. “But yeah, we have to mix our protections. We have to get the ball out. We have to stay out of third and long. As we say, stay ahead of the chains. Stay on schedule. Then whether or not it’s having a guy help chip, as we say. But you can’t do it every play, and they know that. They’re good at that. They’re not just good pass rushers. They have good schemes and they understand when you’re trying to keep guys in, it’s harder to throw the ball down field with less guys. It’s going to be a combination of all of those things. We have to be able to make things happen on first and second down. Stay out of third down. Make first downs on first or second down. ”
The Giants have had struggles against the Bears as they trail the overall series to Chicago 21-28-2. The last time the two teams met in Chicago was back in 2013 when Big Blue fell to Bears 27-21.
Now with Daniel Jones behind center, we will see what the new look Giants will come out with against a struggling Bears team who at this point are in evaluation mode. They have been eliminated from Playoff contention and will be making changes and tweaks to their roster during the offseason.
“We went on that stretch where we lost four games in a row, we got a win and broke it, then we got another loss last week” Bears Head Coach Matt Nagy stated on Wednesdays media call. “We’ve got good guys and guys that give good effort, so it definitely helps out. “
We will have a full game preview later on tonight!!
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