New York Giants vs Chicago Bears – NFL Week 2

Sunday
September 20, 2020
1:00 pm ET

Chicago, Illinois
Soldier field

About the giants

The Giants will seek their first win of the season after losing to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday night. QB Daniel Jones played well despite throwing 2 interceptions. WR Darius Slayton emerged with 102 receiving yards and 2 TDs. Slayton had 8 TDs last year, which was the biggest draw among rookie WRs. The Steelers defense had the “iron curtain” raised against the Giants’ fast attack and shut out RB Saquon Barkley. Barkley was limited to 6 yards on 15 attempts as rookie LT Andrew Thomas and the offensive line struggled to open lanes to run. The Giants defense performed quite well despite the loss. DE Leonard Williams had 4 tackles, 1 sack and 2 tackles to lose. DT Dexter Lawrence had 3 tackles, 1 sack and 1 tackle to lose, as the Giants’ defensive line appears to be the most dominant unit. Jones must make smart decisions with the ball and not give the Bears defense easy interceptions to take advantage of.

About the bears

Quarterback Mitchell Trubisky led a furious comeback in the fourth quarter against the Lions and silenced his critics for now as the Bears trailed 23-6 entering the final period. Trubisky threw 3 TD passes and earned his fifth consecutive career victory against the Lions. Trubisky extended the ball to several of his weapons to get back into play. WR’s Anthony Miller, Allen Robinson and TE Jimmy Graham made big plays down the stretch that impacted the outcome of the game. Trubisky joined former Bears quarterback Erik Kramer as the only Bears quarterback to lead a comeback after losing by more than 17 points entering the fourth quarter. The Bears should have similar success against the Giants as they battled the Steelers’ passing attack Monday night. Trubisky should be able to get off to a fast start due to the lack of a pass from the Giants. RB’s David Montgomery and Tarik Cohen ran the ball particularly well when they had their chances, but their chances were limited due to the Bears playing from behind. Both running backs averaged at least 5 yards per carry. LB Khalil Mack should make more of a difference against the Giants as he only recorded 2 tackles against the Lions.

Players to watch

Saquon Barkley (Giants): Look for Barkley to try and get off to a quick start and set the tone against the Bears defense in 27th place.

Khalil Mack (bears): Watch as Mack tries to keep Barkley from letting go and getting away with it against the Bears defense after allowing 138 yards rushing toward the Lions.

Impact rookies

Darnay Holmes (Giants): Holmes recorded 2 tackles in his NFL debut against the Steelers. Holmes has good technique and footwork, as well as a good understanding of WR road concepts. The Giants should feature him in the slot in five- and ten-cent packages.

Jaylon Johnson (bears): Johnson had 5 tackles and 2 passes defended in his NFL debut and could be deployed against Slayton to try and keep him out of the end zone.

Key statistic

According to NFL.com, Barkley rushed for -3 yards in the first half against the Steelers, the fewest by a running back with more than 9 carries in a single half since Bengals RB Rudi Johnson in Week 3 of 2007.

Prediction

The Bears improve to 2-0 as Trubisky continues to have the hot hand throwing multiple TD passes. Cohen and Montgomery get their fair share of touches and have a field day against the Giants defense.

Final score: Giants 10 / Bears 27

Daniel I. Outerbridge

Daniel I. Outerbridge

A contributing writer with aspirations and ambitions to become a sports journalist.


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