NFL Gridiron Gab Week Four Preview – Chicago Bears at New York Giants

Urlacher is back to being the man in the middle.

Q&A session with Giants Gab site editor Jeremy Fuchs

Who is the most important player on the offensive side of the ball other than Eli?

  • It has to be Ahmad Bradshaw.  Ahmad hasn’t had a huge game yet, and the Giants need him to be effective to get a win.

Give me an two impact players we as Bears fans may tend to overlook?

  • Mario Manningham and Kevin Boss. Manningham has been, arguably, the best Giants receiver all year, and is their 3rd receiver. He’s capable of big plays. Boss, who missed time with a concussion, always is open down the field, and is good for a few big plays a game. The Giants don’t throw it to him often enough, though

How should the Giants plan on attacking Jay Cutler?

  • Pressure, pressure and more pressure. Cutler is prone to making some mistakes, and those mistakes will be more commonplace if the Giants can get to him, and get to him often.

What approach will be used to slow down Julius Peppers?

  • Peppers could have a huge game. David Diehl has been awful this year. Expect the Giants to put either a tight end or an extra lineman. He will never have single coverage.

Hakeem Nicks and Ahmad Bradshaw are both game-changers, who has the better game?

  • Nicks. The Giants have had trouble running the ball, and while they need Bradshaw more, the Giants passing offense has shown the ability to be electric. Nicks should get balls down field.

Tom Coughlin – should he stay or should he go?

  • It’s a bit early to tell, but there are definite indications that he has lost control of this team. No discipline, and stupid mistakes. If they don’t get on track soon, he’ll have to go

Is this a “must” win?

  • As close as it gets this early on. The Giants have been awful the past two weeks. Just horrendous. If the Giants lose, things are just going to get worse

Why should Giants fans excited for Sunday night?

  • A chance to get back on track, if anything. If the Giants win, it could be a stepping stone for a better season

Most entertaining player match-up?

  • I think it’s Devin Hester against the entire punt coverage team. The Giants have been awful at punt coverage. Hester could go wild. It will be exciting to see, but not for the Giants.

On a scale from 1-10 how much will Giants miss NFL-leading sack artist Mathias Kiwanuka against Bears?

  • Kiwanuka has been their best defensive lineman. He can play outside linebacker, defensive tackle, defensive end. He’s been getting great pressure and putting up numbers. He’ll be missed, a lot.
Final thoughts/winner:
  • After the way the Giants have been playing, I’m not optimistic. I think the Bears are going to win this one, 21-14.

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3 Responses to “NFL Gridiron Gab Week Four Preview – Chicago Bears at New York Giants”

  1. Nick Kehoe says:

    Two thoughts on this game. The receiver on the Giants that always seems to go unnoticed is Steve Smith. While he can line up anywhere, Smith is primarily a slot receiver, and what makes him so effective is his route running. He does a great job with his stems, pushing upfield so his defender has to honor every direction he could possibly cut in. And he has always been great at coming back to the ball. Smith needs to be a focus of the Bears D because of his position in the slot. The slot receiver is generally in position to be matched up against a linebacker or a safety – advantage Giants. He will be a guy Eli will look for with the Bears pressuring him.

    And in terms of Cutler, I agree, you need to get pressure on him. But what kind? Blitzing is a bit risky because you sacrifice defenders in coverage. The way Martz’s route combinations create receivers running free vs. both Zone and Man coverage, it would be best for the Giants to have more defenders in the secondary and try to apply pressure with their front four. They should be able to do this, especially with the Bears O-line being as horrendous as it is.

  2. Russ Loede says:

    Bears defense: played Cover 2 on 105 snaps this year, on 77 percent of opponents’ dropbacks.

    Haven’t blitzed much at all—only 27 times or on 20 percent of opponents’ passes.

    If your the Giants you need to establish some kind of run early on with Ahmad.

    Also, when you get in the RZ you need to come away with six not three.

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