Soldier Field will be rocking when the New York Giants take on the Chicago Bears on Thursday Night Football.
Heading into Week 6, the Bears are tied with the Detroit Lions for first place in the NFC North.
Chicago got off to a hot start, winning three games to open the season. But tough losses to the Lions and New Orleans Saints the past couple of weeks have dropped the Bears to 3-2.
A big win at home would ensure the team stays in first place—not to mention get the nasty taste of losing out of its mouth.
On the other side, New York is off to its worst start in a non-strike season since 1979 with a 0-5 record, as noted by Ebenezer Samuel of the New York Daily News.
The Giants have been hopelessly lost in all three phases of the game to this point in the season.
Unfortunately for New York and its fans, a road game against an angry Bears team isn't an ideal scenario for breaking out of this current slump.
When: Thursday, Oct. 10, at 8:25 p.m. ET
Where: Soldier Field, Chicago
Watch: NFL Network
Live Stream: NFL Sunday Ticket
Betting Lines (via Covers)
- Over/Under: 47 points
- Spread: Chicago (-7.5)
Giants Injury Report (via ChicagoBears.com)
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Bears Injury Report (via ChicagoBears.com)
What's Wrong with Eli Manning?
Throughout his career, Eli Manning has hit a few rough patches where he struggled badly with turnovers.
He hit the 20-interception mark in 2007 (the same year he won his first Super Bowl) before dialing it down for two seasons, and then in 2010 he threw 25 picks to lead the league.
But Manning has hit a new low here in 2013.
Through five games, he has thrown 12 interceptions, and he's turned the ball over 14 times, which is just two less than he had all of last year, as noted by Kevin Negandhi of ESPN:
Eli Manning has committed 14 turnovers in 5 games this season. last year, he committed 16 turnovers in 16 games.— Kevin Negandhi (@KNegandhiESPN) October 6, 2013
After Manning threw three interceptions in Week 5 against the Philadelphia Eagles, head coach Tom Coughlin defended his quarterback while saying he's trying to do too much, as noted by Gary Myers of the New York Daily News:
I honestly believe that he’s trying so hard to get us a win, he’s almost put too much on himself. He keeps it all pretty much inside. I’m not making excuses. There were a couple of those plays that were terrible.
New York's defense isn't good enough to absorb these extra chances Manning is handing to opposing teams. If he continues to be careless with the football, then the Giants will continue to maintain residence in the NFC East cellar.
The Bears have shown resilience this season, coming from behind to beat the Cincinnati Bengals and Minnesota Vikings in the first two games of the year. Both of Chicago's losses have come against top NFC teams, and both games have been closely contested.
The same can't be said for the Giants.
Since losing a close contest against the Dallas Cowboys in Week 1, New York has been blown out four games in a row.
The Giants have turned the ball over 20 times as a team, and their defense hasn't been able to stop anybody.
Which team will win?
Injuries have played a huge role in the way New York has started the season. The offensive line is a mess, the team's top two running backs (David Wilson and Andre Brown) are out with injuries and the defensive secondary is missing a few key players.
This team is a wreck, and nobody should expect a sudden turnaround in Week 6
Bears win 35-20.
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