Tribune writers pick 'em: Bears at N.Y. Giants
Brad Biggs: Bears 31, Giants 14
The Bears were disappointed when Perry Fewell turned down an opportunity to become their defensive coordinator. It's early, but you wonder if Fewell regrets picking the Giants. New York is a desperate team, but the Bears are riding a wave of momentum.
David Haugh: Bears 23, Giants 20
In what once looked like the Bill Cowher Bowl — loser gets the prize — the Bears will continue their surprising start behind an attacking defense and a big-play passing game. Julius Peppers will show Perry Fewell what he missed.
Vaughn McClure: Bears 28, Giants 21
Sure, Eli Manning and the Giants are desperate after a 1-2 start, but desperation could lead to more miscues for a team tied for 27th in turnover ratio. Matt Forte and Chester Taylor finally get the running game going — and one will score from the goal line this time.
Fred Mitchell, Bears 20, Giants 13
If the Bears can get off to an auspicious start, Giants fans might turn on the bumbling home team and beleaguered coach Tom Coughlin. This would be an opportune time for the Bears to get their running game in gear.
Dan Popei: Giants 27, Bears 26
Things have a way of evening themselves out in the NFL about this time of year. Usually, the teams with good records come down to earth a little bit. The Bears have been better, but they could be ripe for a letdown, and the Giants could be ripe to fire on all cylinders
Last edited by dabears54; 10-03-2010 at 04:20 AM.
If Bears want to build a playoff resume, they must beat Giants
Eli Manning and the New York Giants have dropped two straight and are scrambling to find answers.
Jay Cutler and the Chicago Bears are 3-0 and feeding off the confidence they’ve gained with early wins over NFC favorites.
They face each other tonight in the New Meadowlands Stadium, and the season could take a sharp turn for both teams after this one.
“That’s the thing about the NFL. Each week you never know. You’re going to get everyone’s best shot and no one’s out of it at this point,” Cutler said. “The Giants, with a 1-2 record, playing at home, we know we’re going to get their best shot.”
Cutler has helped lift the Bears past Detroit, Dallas and Green Bay by throwing for 870 yards and six touchdowns while getting intercepted twice. Chicago’s defense has done its job as well, holding opponents to 319 yards and 17 points a game.
“We’re getting key takeaways at good times, which is helping us, but we could play better,” Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher said. “We’ve still got all these people doubting us, which is good. We like that. We like being the underdog. I hope we’re that way all season long.”
The Bears didn’t lock down a win last week until a 19-yard Robbie Gould field goal with four seconds left, even though Green Bay had a team-record 18 penalties and two key turnovers. And their Week 1 win was controversial when a Lions’ game-winning TD was ruled incomplete because of an obsolete rule.
The Giants, on the other hand, cruised to an easy win over Carolina in the opener, but have gotten pounded by a combined 43 points the past two weeks. They do have the league’s fourth-rated passing defense, allowing 169.3 yards a game. But they are way down the list at 26th against the run, allowing 136.7 yards a game.
Things haven’t been much better on the offensive side, either.
“You can’t afford the turnovers and the sloppy football that’s been happening,” said Manning, who has four interceptions, two coming last weekend. “We have to be more consistent, keep working and find our rhythm.”
Wide receiver Hakeem Nicks has been a bright spot, catching 13 balls for 169 yards with four TDs, and tailback Ahmad Bradshaw has rushed for 253 yards on 52 carries with two touchdowns.
On defense, Mathias Kiwanuka has four of the team’s six sacks, and DB Antrel Rolle leads the team with 23 tackles. But as a unit, the Giants have allowed 918 yards of offense, 23rd in the league in stopping their foes. They have allowed 410 yards rushing in three games, but the Bears have only gained 216 yards on the ground themselves.
Chicago knows it still has something to prove this week.
“We said we’re a good football team, early on, and the guys are trying to prove that each week,” Bears head coach Lovie Smith said. “Our talk is that three games into the season, what have you really done? Played three games. We’re getting ready to finish up the first quarter of our season, and we want to finish it up on a high note.”
Bears reporter Jay Taft
Bears at Giants
at New Meadowlands Stadium, 8:20 p.m.
LINE: GIANTS by 4
TV: Ch. 4 (Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth)
RADIO: WFAN-660 AM (Bob Papa, Carl Banks), Nationwide on Westwood One (Brad Sham, James Lofton).
FORECAST: Clear skies with 10-15 mph winds and temperatures in the upper 50s.
The loss of DE Mathias Kiwanuka (neck) is an enormous blow to a pass rush that is also dealing with another late-week injury to DE Osi Umenyiora (knee). Two weeks ago, Umenyiora had the same thing and played through it, so the Giants hope he can do it again. If not, Dave Tollefson and first-round pick Jason Pierre-Paul could see a lot more playing time. Adam Koets will again step in at center for Shaun O'Hara (ankle/Achilles). And Clint Sintim gets his shot at outside linebacker with veteran Keith Bulluck (turf toe) unlikely to play. The Bears are already without LT Chris Williams (hamstring), who'll be replaced by Kevin Shaffer. They're also watching LG Roberto Garza (knee), though he's expected to play.
DE Julius Peppers vs. LT David Diehl/RT Kareem McKenzie: Both of the Giants' tackles have struggled this season, especially when left alone against speed rushers. Peppers is as good a speed rusher as there is in the game, and the Bears tend to move him from side to side. If he can't be contained, he can single-handedly disrupt the Giants' passing game.
Was it a one-game aberration or the start of a meltdown? That's the question the Giants are trying to answer in their first game since their 11-penalty, six-personal-foul mess against the Titans. Between that and Antrel Rolle questioning the team's leadership two weeks ago, and the devastating injury to Kiwanuka, they could be on the brink of a disaster.
BEARS 27-21: Devin Hester will have Giants D on short field all night.
By Ralph Vacchiano
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I am going to pick the giants because I want to remain perfect on my picks this year.
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After a week if thinking, I have to pick the Giants.