One of the most wide-open divisions through five weeks in the 2013 NFL season is, without question, the NFC East. As of right now, the Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles are tied atop the division, but have just a 2-3 record. Because of that, the 0-5 New York Giants are just two games back in the division.
With the way the Giants have performed over the start of this season, though, it feels like they are about 10 games back of the division lead. That’s obviously a bit of hyperbole, but they will likely be another half game back after their matchup on Thursday night against the Chicago Bears.
One of the first things that comes to mind about this matchup is how the Thursday games are always ugly, gritty games. Given the fact that David Wilson is out for this game, it’s going to be even more difficult for the Giants to grind out yards on the ground than it already would be against the Bears defense.
However, the Giants defense is going to be their biggest issue in this game, as it has been all season. Going up against a talented running back in Matt Forte, the Giants are going to have a hard time shutting him down. Thus far this year, the Giants have been the 29th ranked run defense in the league, allowing 126 yards per game. That doesn’t bode well for them as they head up against one of the NFL’s best backs.
Then there’s the issue of the Giants’ secondary. Sure, they’ve only had one 100-yard receiving game against them this year, but they’re still only the 22nd ranked pass defense in the league. Going up against a Chicago receiving core that features Brandon Marshall and the breaking out Alshon Jeffery doesn’t seem like something that’s going to work out well for them in this game.
If you’re a Giants fan, you’d like to think that it’d be a primetime game when your team could turn the season around and potentially get back in the divisional race. With what the Giants have shown this season and with the matchup they have on Thursday, though, dropping to 0-6 seems like the more likely outcome.
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