By Wanda Wiedman // @WandaW63
The Chicago Bears have won five straight games after their loss to New England. They won three division games within a span of 11 days. No one can question their hunger to win.
Even with starting quarterback Mitchell Trubisky unable to play on Thanksgiving due to a shoulder sprain, his sideline presences and leadership were evident on every pass and every tackle. The entire team put their confidence on backup QB, veteran Chase Daniel to carry the team and with the help of the defense, it was a done deal.
Going into Sunday’s matchup, the Bears will have to take it on the road one more time to MetLife Stadium as they battle the Giants on their home turf. The Giants are coming off a close game against the Philadelphia Eagles, only to lose by a field goal. The Bears were able to enjoy the holidays and enjoy a few days of rest. But now it’s back to the grind and a win mindset for the hungry Monsters of the Midway.
The Bears and the New York Giants have a long history in the NFL. Their first game was played in 1925, with the Bears winning 19-7. The last time the Bears and Giants met was in 2016. The Bears were 2-8 while the Giants were 7-3. Today, the teams sit as polar opposites with the Giants sitting at 3-8, while the Bears stand at 8-3.
There are several giant steps the Bears will have to take to win on the road.
- The offense has to strike first and keep the foot on the peddle. Whether it is Trubisky or Daniel under center, the scheme is the same. Run the ball by using the dual running backs in Jordan Howard and Tarik Cohen. The Eagles were successful when spreading the ball around and that is what the Bears will need to do. The Giants will try and cover wider receivers Allen Robinson and Anthony Miller, but by using Taylor Gabriel, Joshua Bellamy and tight end Trey Burton there will be a lot to handle on the field.
- Head coach Matt Nagy will need to avoid the vanilla calls and stay aggressive with play calling. The Giants defense would love to shake up a team who used to be on the bottom of their division. But Nagy will need to stay focused and will his team to victory.
- Then there is the defense. Just as they did with QB Kirk Cousins, the Bears defense will need to put a lot of pressure on QB Eli Manning. The front four of linebacker Khalil Mack, defensive ends Akiem Hicks, and Jonathan Bullard and defensive tackle Eddie Goldman will need to be in Manning’s face. It will take a bull rush couple of hits to take down big running back Saquon Barkley. Taking him down will take several linebackers and then some.
Expect the defense, especially safety Eddie Jackson, to have another interception courtesy of Mr. Manning.
If the Bears can stay on top and score in each quarter, with a comfortable lead, the Chicago Bears can make it 6 straight games and run the table with nothing holding them back. The sky’s the limit for this team and the division is theirs to win.
— Chicago Bears 24/7 (@CHIBears247) November 22, 2018
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