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Giants - Bears
Game 2 preview
Sunday Sept 20, 1:00 PM - Giants at Chicago

Giants (0-1) Chicago (1-0)
Last Sunday the Bears were trailing the Detroit Lions 23-6. They managed to come up with 21 points in the fourth quarter to take a 27-23 lead with less than two minutes left. They held off the Lions final drive, and came away with the win.
On Monday night the Giants took an early 10-3 lead over the Pittsburgh Steelers. They couldn't stop Pittsburgh from scoring 13 additional points by halftime, and 10 more in the fourth quarter. The Giants didn't score again until near the end of the game, and took a 26-16 loss.

Chicago Bears
Matt Nagy is the head coach of the Chicago Bears. In his first year, Nagy guided the team to the NFC North division title, and he was named the 2018 Coach of the Year. The Bears lost in the wildcard game by just one point to the Philadelphia Eagles, when a 43 yard field goal attempt bounced off the uprights.
Last year the team finished 8-8, and out of the playoffs. The biggest downturn on the team was the offense, which went from scoring 26.3 points a game to 17.5. To that end, they brought in quarterback Nick Foles, who is not nearly as mobile as Mitchell Trubisky, but is an accurate passer.

Bears Offense
Last week Mitchell Trubisky, who held off Nick Foles for the starting quarterback job, was 20 of 36 for 242 yards and 3 touchdowns. Trubisky got off to a slow start for the first three quarters of the game, but later delivered 3 fourth quarter touchdowns. That's big considering he threw only 17 in all of last year. It likely erases any thoughts that the Giants will see Foles on the field, at least for the start of this game. Trubisky's offensive line gave him enough time in the pocket against the Lions, and he was sacked just once.
Wide receiver Allen Robinson led the team last year in receptions and yards, and Anthony Miller was second. They were the top two last week with Miller catching 1 touchdown, with Jimmy Graham tight end Jimmy Graham catching the other two. Lead rusher David Montgomery is tough to bring down. He led the team with 13 rushes for 64 yards. Tarik Cohen ran 7 times for 41 yards.

Bears Defense
Their sack numbers dropped last year from 50 to 32. Interceptions also trailed off from 27 to 10. Rushing defense went from 80 yards a game to 102. While none of that sounds good at all, they gave up just 1 more point a game than the year before. The Bears were 4th in the NFL, allowing just 18.6 points a game. They know how to get the job done when it counts the most.
In week 1, Akiem Hicks came up with the Bears only sack of the game on Matthew Stafford. It was in the fourth quarter, which led to the Lions trying a long 55 yard field goal attempt which failed. Now with good field position, the Bears soon scored a touchdown.
Safety Eddie Jackson, and corner Kyle Fuller stepped up next, when 3 plays later, Jackson knocked Stafford's pass up in the air and Fuller had an interception at the Detroit 37-yard line. The Bears secondary knows how to play off each other, and their touchdown put them ahead for the final score.
It should be noted that pass rusher Khalil Mack, who usually draws the most attention, will have Robert Quinn playing on the other side. Quinn had 11.5 sacks for the Cowboys last year. He missed the Lions game, but should be on the field this Sunday.

Giants Offense
The offensive line had it all thrown at them on Monday night making things tough for their best two players. Daniel Jones was hit with 22 pass pressures, and Saquon Barkley was hit behind the line of scrimmage on 11 of his 15 carries against the Steelers. They didn't get much help from tight end Evan Engram, blocking poorly, and when it was his turn to catch, he only pulled in 2 of 7 for 9 yards. A starting tight end has to do better. Barkley's blocking was also criticized, and of course he can't block for himself when he needs to run with the ball.
Despite the pressure and 3 sacks, the offensive line did allow Jones some opportunities to be effective. He completed 26 of 41 passes, and threw 2 touchdown passes. Still Jones could have played better. One of his two interceptions came at a crucial time when he moved the Giants downfield with an impressive 19 play drive, and then had the ball intercepted while trying to throw it away in the endzone.
Players who did do better included Sterling Shepard, who caught every pass and was 6 of 6 for 47 yards, and Darius Slayton, who had 6 catches for 102 yards and 2 touchdowns. Still, it was the first game of the season with the Giants fielding many players who had never played for them before. You can only expect improvement, and they'll have to do that fast. Golden Tate is listed as questionable for this game as he was the last which he missed.

Giants Defense
The Bears struggled on third downs in Week 1, converting on just 2 of 11. The Giants allowed the Steelers 8 of 15. They recorded just 2 sacks of Ben Roethlisberger, but had him under pressure most of the game. Mitch Trubisky is easily more elusive than Roethlisberger when forced out of the pocket, so they will have to watch that. The Steelers rushed for 141 yards, averaging 4.7 yards per rush, and the defense has to do better in that area. In the inexperienced secondary, they were confused when the Steelers ran some of their routes. Their misdirections included having receivers cross and run close to another, leaving the defenders to guess as to which man to cover.
Vetern cornerback James Bradberry played well on Monday, and he'll be covering the Bears top receiver, Allen Robinson. The Steelers picked on cornerback Corey Ballentine many times, and it paid off for them. The Giants have to fix that one way or another. Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky is not the best at making throws downfield, so that helps a bit.

Maybe the best thing for the Giants, despite the loss, was starting their opening game facing off against one of the toughest teams in the league. There were no preseason games for the Giants to know what they really have, and this one was like having all four rolled into one, with hopefully lessons learned.
The Chicago Bears learned a few valuable lessons as well. They floundered against the Detroit Lions, a 3-12-1 team in 2019, who basically handed them their win in the fourth quarter by making mistakes. The Bears offense is suspect after seeing how poorly they played last week against them. The Giants are underdogs in this game, but could win this one if they just make less mistakes than the Bears.

NFC East Games
Sunday at 1:00pm Giants (0-1) at Chicago (1-0).
Sunday at 1:00pm Falcons (0-1) at Cowboys (0-1).
Sunday at 1:00pm Rams (1-0) at Eagles (0-1).
Sunday at 4:05pm Washington (1-0) at Cardinals (1-0).
The Eagles and Cowboys are the NFC East teams favored to win in these games.
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