Week 6 of the regular season kicks off with a Thursday night showdown between the Chicago Bears hosting the New York Giants.
This game will featured two of the top 10 quarterbacks in the league. You have Eli Manning who ranks 7th and Jay Cutler who ranks 9th among quarterbacks in the league when it comes to passing yards.
New York currently sits at a disappointing 0-5 so far this season and Eli leads the league with 12 interceptions despite throwing for nearly 1,500 passing yards. Cutler has almost 1,400 passing yards with 10 touchdowns and six interceptions himself.
The match up we should be looking for is the pass rush from both defenses. Chicago’s young offensive line looked solid to start off the season but has been going down hill the last couple games. New York’s offensive line is missing a couple key pieces to their line as guard Chris Snee and center David Baas are out for the remainder of the season.
Chicago who sits at 3-2 on the season is coming into this game as a favorite. With Alshon Jeffery leading this wide receiver corps with 429 receiving yards and two touchdowns, he could be Cutlers go to target once again if he’s able to play this game.
This will be Martellus Bennett’s first match up against his former team.
You would think Marshall would be leading this team in receiving, but he’s been dropping some passes thrown his way but is due for a break out game for a defense that’s ranked 22nd against the pass.
Another New York downfall happens to be their running game. They are currently dead last in the league with 56.8 rushing yards per game. Chicago is ranked 13th in the league in run defense but lost two key defensive tackles to season ending ACL injuries so the middle part of that defensive line is going to be hurting for the remainder of the season.
If New York wants to walk away from Soldier Field with an upset victory they’re going to have to find a way to balance out this offense.
New York’s safety Tyler Cooper, tight end Adrien Robinson, cornerback’s Corey Webster and Jayron Hosley will be out for this game against Chicago. Tight end Brandon Myers and defensive tackle Linval Joseph are listed as questionable.
As for the Chicago Bears, Nate Collins and Anthony Walters have been ruled out. Corner-back Charles Tillman, tight end Martellus Bennett , linebacker Lance Briggs will be a game time decisions. Wide receiver’s Alshon Jeffery and Joe Anderson, tackles Eben Britton and Jermon Bushrob, defensive tackle Stephen Paea are listed as probable.
Now what do I expect to happen? Well, I think Chicago is going to be able to get that running game going against a beat up New York Giants defense, which will allow Cutler to chew up yardage through the air.
Those 12 interceptions should be a concern for the Giants and it’s offense as Chicago loves to take the ball away and can occasionally turn them into six points.
I think Chicago’s defense is going to come out treating this like a playoff game. This defense has to be hungry and right now, Eli Manning and those 12 interceptions are looking like raw steaks to real life Bears.
Should be an entertaining game.
Game will be on the NFL Network with kick off at 8:25 PM Eastern time.
Line: Bears -8