Where: MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ
When: Friday, August 16, 7:30 PM. ET.
The Chicago Bears will be trying to bounce back from their loss to the Carolina Panthers when they take on the New York Giants in week 2 of the NFL preseason.
Bears Looking For More Offensive Production
The Bears struggled offensively in their first preseason game, mostly because they rested their starter. With the team putting up only 13 points in their loss to the Carolina Panthers, don’t be surprised to see Mitch Trubisky and some of the starters on the field this week.
INT props from da squad.
— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) August 9, 2019
Chase Daniel, who got the start last week, finished 11 of 13 for 120 yards but was unable to get the team inside the end zone. Tyler Bray struggled with his accuracy and finished the game eight of 17 for 85 yards. The two quarterbacks were also harassed by the Panthers’ defense and got sacked five times.
Chicago also couldn’t get much going on the ground, finishing with 82 total yards and one touchdown. They only carried the ball 19 times in the loss and will try to establish their run game quickly in this one.
Chicago also struggled defensively against the Panthers, especially in the second half. Even if they play well offensively, they will have a hard time winning this game if they don’t do a better job on defense, especially against the run.
One of the biggest issues for the Bears in training camp is the kicking game. There is a competition between Eddy Pineiro and Elliott Fry. They both made all but two of their field goal attempts on Tuesday.
“They have been even,” head coach Matt Nagy said. “I think they both missed two kicks today. It’s rare that kickers make every single kick that they take. But there’s a balance; you have to understand that. The preseason is going to be a time for us to really evaluate those kicks and weight them.”
Giants Might Have Quarterback Controversy On Their Hands
The Giants were happy to pick up their first preseason win against the rival New York Jets, but they might have started a quarterback controversy at the same time. When they drafted rookie quarterback Daniel Jones, they were planning on sitting him for the year to prepare him to take over in the future. However, the rookie seems to have other plans as he led the team on a perfect drive in his debut, finishing five of five for 67 yards and one touchdown.
Daniel Jones @Giants had the best vision and anticipation of any QB in this year’s Draft. On his TD pass he shows it by throwing the ball at the right moment so the defender has no chance to make a play on the.ball. Impressive debut @DukeFOOTBALL @nflnetwork pic.twitter.com/p6iFwDz8yR
— Charley Casserly (@CharleyCasserly) August 9, 2019
With most of the fans in New York ready to move on from Eli Manning, expect to hear calls for Jones to get the starting job if he continues playing well in the preseason.
“I think my job right now is to prepare, to improve as much as I can, and control what I can control,” Jones said. “How that plays out, I certainly hope we’re winning a whole lot of games, too.”
“I think for everyone, it’s just to build off what we’ve done, what we did in that first game, and what we’ve done since then, and kind of taking the next step as a team,” Jones said. “I think with each group, it’s just building off what we’ve done.”
In fairness to the Giants’ quarterbacks, they all played well against the Jets and finished with 374 yards and three touchdowns. However, their running game was not as successful as the team finished with 40 total yards on 18 carries.
Even though most of the inefficiency of the running game can be attributed to star running back Saquon Barkley not playing, the Giants still have to do a better job on the ground to make their offense more balanced.
New York’s defense was inconsistent in their first outing, but they did enough to preserve the win. They will need to do a better job, especially in the passing game, to beat the Bears on Friday.
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