For fans of the New York Giants, last weeks meltdown at home to the Minnesota Vikings was a cruel reminder of the issues this team has faced in the second half of the season in years past. Now Sunday they will try and right the ship as they head to Chicago to play a Bears team that has to be feeling a bit better about itself after last week’s come from behind 37-34 overtime thriller at home against the Denver Broncos. Last week was a complete nightmare for Giants QB Eli Manning, as in front of big brother Peyton at the Meadowlands he threw four interceptions, three of which were returned for touchdowns in the teams 41-17 stunner.
This week the brunt of the work on the Giants offense will be back on Eli, since if the Giants are going to get the job done in the Windy City, they are likely going to have to do it through the air. That prospect though, is a bit scary for Giants fans, as Manning as thrown six picks as compared to three TD’s in his last three games. He has had to hear it all week from the media and fans in New York, and will be anxious to come out against the Bears and try to make amends for last Sunday.
“Our focus is on Chicago and getting ready for this game,” Manning said. “We have talked about it, we have made some corrections from last week, and now we have put it behind us and move on. Our focus is on Chicago, going there, and playing well.” And they will have to play well, as the Bears have had a very up and down season, but still actually have a shot to make it as a wild card in the NFC after last weeks win at home. They trailed in that game late, but were able to get a blocked punt that led to a score, and then a late Rex Grossman TD pass. They won in OT as Robbie Gould hit a field goal for the win.
Sunday will once again be a game won by the team who’s QB makes the least amount of mistakes. Manning has to find a way to put last week behind him, and should be able to move the ball on a Bears defense that has been nowhere near as good this year as last. Grossman is in the exact same boat, as he has already been benched this season once, and will need to have a repeat of the fourth quarter from last week to keep the Bears moving. He as well should be able to open things up against the Giants.
This has all the makings of a very back and forth, high scoring game. The two teams will need to create big plays on offense, watch the mistakes, and see if their defenses can come up with a few big plays. The Giants psyche is in trouble right now, and I would gather that the Bears at home are going to be able to sneak out a late win.