The New York Giants will try to snap out of an 0-5 SU and ATS slump this Thursday night when they visit the Chicago Bears, a team they won against four straight times at Soldier Field.
The Giants may be trying their hardest to escape the national limelight for all the wrong reasons, but they will have to wait another week to do so fully. This Thursday they will open week 6 of the NFL season as they visit the Chicago Bears. In past weeks, we’ve believed that the Giants would turn around their season and that it seemed inconceivable that Eli Manning and company would keep losing. Now, all expectations are off of the Giants and we assume the Bears to walk away with this one.
It’s difficult to point the finger at where the Giants struggles have been generated this year. Eli Manning has accumulated 1482 yards and 8 touchdowns in the five losses on the season. And with the Super Bowl being played in New York this year, Giants fans were starry eyed about the idea of watching their home town team play in front of the entire world at MetLife Stadium. Nonetheless, the Giants have gone 0-5 to start the season and, if they lose again this weekend, it’ll be the first time in 37 years that they would’ve dropped their first six games. Many, including us, thought that last weekend would be the perfect chance for the Giants to get their first win of the season against the Eagles. But even against a mediocre Eagles team, they couldn’t piece together enough elements to win. They will have a much harder time playing the Bears, especially in Chicago.
The Bears are 3-2, and are on a two game losing streak. The bright side to those loses is that they came at the hands of the Lions and Saints, two legit teams in their own right. Jay Cutler has continued to look good, even if he hasn’t posted the same individual records as the likes of Manning. However, unlike Manning, Cutler has a bevy of options to pass to. Brandon Marshall had been the highlighted receiver of the Bears for years. But as the Saints made sure to cover Marshall last weekend, Cutler was able to find Alshon Jeffery, who now leads the team in receptions. All of these options mean even more room for Matt Forte to run, which rounds out the Bears offense. The Bears will hope to expose the Giants defense this weekend and spread out the ball to all of Cutlers receivers and backs.
On a side note, reports indicating that Bears receiver Brandon Marshall won’t be permitted on the field if he wears green shoes in honor of Mental Health Awareness Week, the league office says that Marshall will be permitted to play in the green shoes, and that he’ll simply be fined later.
Marshall has said he planned to pay the fine and match it with a donation to charity.
The past two games, Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch has worn non-conforming green shoes. For Week Four, he was fined $5,250. For Week Five, he undoubtedly will be fined even more. Let’s see how Brandon Marshall Plays in these shoes.
Every year we see a game like this come up on the schedule. We ‘put it in the bank’ that a home team that is playing on Thursday night with a better record than their opponent will walk away with the win. And yet time and time again, we are amazed with surprises that show you never know what will happen in the NFL. We don’t expect the Giants to win this one, but we’ve seen more entertaining things happen. The Bears are a touchdown favorite, so we like their chances. And even though we still find it hard to believe that the Giants will continue their losing ways, the Bears may not be the ones that will allow any sort of change in luck. After all, Chicago needs this game just as badly to keep in the discussion of their own division, and a loss would start up the rumor mill with things wrong with Chicago.