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Star Power: Jay Cutler and Eli Manning need to play like Most Valuable Players in order to give their teams a chance to make a run at the postseason. For the moment at least, Cutler has done a better job of leading his team's offense. Despite taking a beating, he has racked up yardage, kept his interception totals down and produced three wins.
Potential Drama: Tom Coughlin's reaction to the Giants' mistake-filled loss to the Titans Sunday suggests that he has run out of patience. His biggest complaint has been a lack of leadership, which is an issue that is often difficult to address during the season.
Playoff Implications: Don't look now, but the Bears have a decent chance to start the season 8-0 if they beat the Giants. It gets much tougher towards the end of the season, so piling up wins early is essential to fulfilling playoff hopes. Meanwhile, the Giants can't afford to suffer a third-consecutive loss.
Prediction: New York 24, Chicago 16