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#277 New York Giants 43 vs.
#278 Chicago Bears -5
Sunday, September 20, 2020 at 1:00pm EDT
Soldier Field, Chicago
Written by Benjamin Hayes

It's a battle of NFC East vs. the NFC North. The New York Giants travel to Soldier Field to play the Chicago Bears on Sunday afternoon. The Giants will be looking for revenge after the Bears defeated them 19-14 last season at Soldier Field on Nov. 24, 2019. The Giants were held to 243 yards of offense and turned the ball over three times in the loss.

Chicago will have one extra day of rest since the Giants played on Monday night. The Bears came back from a 23-6 lead to shock the Lions on Sunday, while the Giants fell at home to Pittsburgh 26-16.

Jones struggle in loss

Daniel Jones has the ability to be a pretty good NFL quarterback, but he's going to have some struggles early on. Even though Jones made some nice plays on Monday night, it was the two poor decisions that cost him against one of the league's best defenses. Pittsburgh took advantage of those decisions with two interceptions and converted them into 10 points.

Jones did complete 26-of-41 for 279 yards with two touchdowns and two picks, while adding a team-high 22 rushing yards. But he got no help from running back Saquon Barkley, who was held to six yards on 15 carries. That shouldn't be a habit as he faced a great defense and did have 1,003 yards last season in just 217 carries. He did contribute as a receiver with six receptions for 60 yards.

Despite not having Golden Tate due to a hamstring injury, the Giants received a strong performance from Darius Slayton, who caught six passes for 102 yards and two TDs. With Slayton, Tate and Sterling Shephard, New York should be very strong at wide receiver this season.

Defensively, they finished 25th in the NFL allowing 377.3 yards per game and 30th in points against at 28.2 points per game. Their performance against the Steelers wasn't bad. They held Ben Roethlisberger to just 229 yards passing, but they also gave up 113 yards rushing to backup RB Benny Snell Jr.

As for injuries, they lost LB David Mayo (82 tackles) before the season due to a knee injury. LT Nate Solder opted out in early August. Tate is considered questionable this week after missing the Monday night game.

Bears looking for 2-0

Chicago was down 23-6 heading into the fourth quarter and Nick Foles led them to three touchdowns in the fourth quarter for the 27-23 win over Detroit on Sunday. Wait a minute. I'm being told that MITCH TRUBISKY engineered the comeback, tossing it to TE Jimmy Graham, WR Javon Wims and WR Anthony Miller to claim the victory. The last touchdown came with 1:54 left in the game, so the Bears' defense needed to make a stop for the victory. They did make the stop, but not until the Lions drove to the Bears 16. A wide open rookie running back D'Andre Swift dropped a pass in the end zone to help ensure the win. On the next play, quarterback Matthew Stafford threw an incomplete pass and the game was over.

'We knew we weren't out of it when we were down 17,'' Trubisky said.

That's the story in Game 1. Trubisky, who did beat out Nick Foles for the starting job in training camp, produced just six points in the first three quarters. Nobody would have been shocked if head coach Matt Nagy went to Foles in the second half. He was coming off a pedestrian season, throwing for 3,138 yards with 17 TDs and 10 picks. On Sunday, he completed 20 of 36 for 242 yards with three touchdowns and no picks. David Montgomery was the leading rusher for 64 yards on 13 carries as the Bears ran for 149 yards on 28 attempts.

At receiver, Allen Robinson II led the team in receptions with five for 74 yards. Last season, he led the team with 98 catches for 1,147 yards and now might be asking for a trade. Robinson is seeking a contract extension and now he's taken all mentions of the Bears on social media and erased them. He has not asked for a trade as yet, but that's a distraction that Chicago doesn't need right now.

Defensively, they did not exactly dominate against the Lions. Detroit amassed 288 yards in the air and 138 on the ground. That included allowing 93 rushing yards on 14 attempts to 35-year old Adrian Peterson. Khalil Mack had two tackles, but was held without a sack.

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All jokes aside about Trubisky, what he did on Sunday was impressive against the Lions. But that's a poorly-coached team. I'm not laying more than a field goal with Trubisky at the helm of the Bears. It's also too early to tell how good or bad NY Giants coach Joe Judge is, but he can't be worse than Matt Patricia. Daniel Jones did not play poorly in the opener and it was against a great Steelers' defense. They also couldn't run the ball and they should have a lot more success against a Bears' defense that struggled against the run against the Lions.

Prediction: NY Giants +4.5

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Last year's game went under pretty easily. But neither defense is that good and Jones has improved as a passer. Trubisky has some solid weapons and Robinson will be playing with a chip on his shoulder. Expect Barkley to go over 100 yards in this one and for Jones to take another step forward against a Bears defense that was disappointing in Week 1. Not having OLB Robert Quinn due to an ankle injury hasn't helped and he's missed most of training camp. Go over.

Prediction: Over 42
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Written By Benjamin Hayes

Ben has been a sports writer for over 30 years, dabbling in college and pro basketball, college and pro football, baseball, college lacrosse, minor league baseball and even college gymnastics. He's also been involved in the gaming industry for over 25 years and has been looking to beat the books since he was 13!