Picking a team, even one as inept as Big Blue, to not get blown out against a slightly above-average team is not overly bold.
It is modestly more daring, though, to say a rushing attack won’t muster 45 yards.
The Giants are the worst running team in the NFL, but they are still averaging 56.8 yards per game, well more than the threshold they’ll fail to crack in Week 6. They’ve run for at least 50 yards in all games this season but for the Denver Broncos loss, when they managed only 23 yards on 19 carries.
A bad ground game will be even worse, however, due to the absence of David Wilson. The second-year running back may miss the remainder of the season with a neck injury, according to Paul Schwartz of the New York Post. Without Wilson, New York will rely on the uninspiring trio of an over-the-hill Brandon Jacobs, an overmatched Da’Rel Scott and rookie Michael Cox, who has yet to even register an NFL carry.
Also hurting the Giants chances of eclipsing 45 yards on the ground is the Bears defense. It is formidable against the run, allowing just 3.7 yards per carry, and has already held two teams, the Bengals and New Orleans Saints, to under 70 yards rushing in a game this season.
When you take all of this evidence and then factor in that, according to TeamRankings.com, the Giants have passed the ball on an NFL-high 71.84 percent of their offensive plays, rushing for 45 yards in this game seems a lot harder for New York than it should be for a professional football team.