TV Schedule: Thursday, Oct. 10, 8:25 p.m. ET, NFL Network
Stadium: Soldier FIeld
Weather: High 74, Low 59
Line: Chicago (-7.5)
The New York Giants‘ hopes this season are looking a bit grim after a rough, and unpredicted, 0-5 start. Eli Manning has had one of the worst starts to a season that he could possibly have and heading into week six with no wins is alarming for the Giants. Manning has 1,482 yards and eight touchdowns this season, but he is on record pace in interceptions with an unbelievable 12. Victor Cruz has been his favorite target with 31 catches for 473 yards and four touchdowns while Hakeem Nicks is a close second with 21 catches for 372 yards but no scores. The run game is nearly non-existent, ranking last in the NFL, thanks to the poor ball security of the running backs.
Losing two straight games is never easy and for the Chicago Bears, the short losing streak is extremely unexpected. Beginning the season 3-0, the Bears looked like the best team in the NFC North by a long-shot. However, Jay Cutler and the Bears are now tied for first in the division and look more pedestrian now than they had looked after a week three victory. Cutler has passed for 1,368 yards and 10 touchdowns this season thus far and a new favorite target has entered the picture. Alshon Jeffery has caught 28 passes for 429 yards and two touchdowns this season, taking advantage of the majority of attention being placed on Brandon Marshall. Matt Forte has been solid this season as well, rushing for 375 yards and receiving for 200 yards and three total touchdowns.
Defensively, the Giants have to be the worst unit in the league right now. Giving up the most points in the league as well as the seventh-most yards per game makes them a very vulnerable defense both in the run and pass game. The Bears’ defense has slowly deteriorated this season, allowing the seventh-most points per game while ranking 20th in yards allowed per game — the secondary has been the real weakness.
PREDICTION: Giants 30, Bears 33