The Chicago Bears and New York Giants will meet for the 56th time Sunday night at the Meadowlands. The Bears currently lead the all-time series 32-21-2, but the Giants defeated the Bears (2007), the last time these teams played against each other.
The Bears have won five straight regular season road contests again the Giants.
In 2006, the Bears defeated the Giants in New York with the help of a 108 yard missed field goal return for a touchdown by no other than Devin Hester. Hester will be looking to make the same kind of impact against the Giants. Hester clearly got his groove back last week, when he returned a punt 62 yards for a touchdown.
Eli Manning and the Giants have been struggling so far this season. The Giants defense has been pretty disappointing, they hired Perry Fewell to take over as the defensive coordinator.
Fewell was close to signing with the Bears this off-season and Fewell might be upset he chose the Giants over the Bears.
The Giants will be without defensive lineman Mathias Kiwanuka and possibly Osi Umenyiora. Starting center Shaun O’Hara will also be out. Playing without those three starters would be a huge loss to the Giants.
The Bears will be without LT Chris Williams and S Major Wright for the second straight week. Expect to see a rotation of Frank Omiyale, Kevin Shaffer and J’Marcus Webb at the tackle spots.
The Bears offense will need to get the ground game and screen game going in this one. The Giants will have a problem covering Hester, Knox and Olsen all night. Devin Aromashodu will be a question mark once again, he might get playing time and he might not, will just have to wait and see.
The Bears defense will need to shut down the 1-2 punch in Brandon Jacobs and Ahmad Bradshaw. Tommie Harris will get limited playing time with that time he needs to prove that he is still a solid player. Look for Urlacher, Briggs and Peppers to be all over the field tonight.
Julius Peppers and company will be looking to pressure Eli Manning consistently. The pass defense needs to prove themselves, CB Tim Jennings will likely start over Zack Bowman at the right cornerback position.
Lovie Smith turns on players quickly and if Zack Bowman can’t prove himself soon, he might be on the bench for a while.
Stopping the New York Giants running backs, Ahmad Bradshaw and Brandon Jacobs will be a big key to the game. As well as protecting Jay Cutler from the banged up Giants defensive line.
Players Who Must Step Up:
1) Matt Toeaina- He has been consistent so far this season. The defense didn’t miss a beat without Tommie Harris and Toeaina in the lineup. Look for Toeaina to make some plays tonight, with Giants starting center Shaun O’Haura out.
Prediction: 5 tackles, one sack.
2) Danieal Manning- He has been solid on defense and special teams, but expect him to step up and finally get an interception. Look for him to be flying all over the field tonight.
Prediction: 7 tackles, one interception.
3) Earl Bennett- He has been the most consistent receiver since he replaced Devin Aromashodu in week two as the slot receiver. He nearly got into the endzone last week, I expect him to do well tonight against the Giants defense. Remember Jay Cutler and him had great chemistry with Bennett at Vanderbilt.
Prediction: 6 catches, 56 yards, one touchdown.
Who will win?
Prediction: Bears 24, Giants 14