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The Bears (4-6) host the Giants (2-8) on Sunday. Chicago is coming off a Sunday night loss against the Rams, as New York returns off their bye. With the Bears sitting at 4-6, they need to win out to have any shot at making the playoffs. A win on Sunday puts them in the right direction, but they might need to do it without quarterback Mitch Trubisky. No surprise, the Giants have struggled all season. Daniel Jones is still figuring out how to play quarterback in the NFL, and their defense is one of the worst in the league. The biggest disappointment has been Saquon Barkley. This could be the week to turn things around as the Bears defense is banged up. For odds and line movements, visit the New York Giants and Chicago Bears matchup page.
Date: Sunday, November 24, 2019
Time: 1:00 PM ET
Location: Soldier Field, Chicago, IL
Giants: RB Saquon Barkley – Shoulder (Q), WR Sterling Shepard – Concussion (Q), TE Evan Engram – Foot (Q), TE Rhett Ellison – Concussion (Q), OT Nate Solder – Concussion (Q), OT Mike Remmers – Back (Q), C John Halapio – Hamstring (Q), CB Janoris Jenkins – Concussion (Q), DB Kenny Ladler – Undisclosed (Q)
Bears: QB Mitch Trubisky – Hip (Q), OT Bobby Massie – Back (Q), TE Adam Shaheen – Foot (Q), LB Isaiah Irving – Quad (Q), LB Danny Tevathan – Elbow (Q)
The Giants haven’t had much going for them this season. Daniel Jones is still trying to find his way in the NFL, and Saquon Barkley has been fighting injuries in a disappointing season. They still rank 13th in yards per carry this season. The Bears are injured up the middle have allowed a few 100 yard rushers this season. Barkley is a good enough back to bounce back against a weaker Chicago rushing attack. However, Jone might struggle moving the ball downfield. Chicago’s pass defense ranks sixth, according to Football Outsiders. Jared Goff, Carson Wentz, and Philip Rivers all struggled passing against the Bears, and there’s no reason why they won’t make Jones struggle either.
If there’s a week for the Giants defense to gain some confidence, this would be the week. Their defense has allowed six yards per play this season, but the Bears offense hasn’t been good either. According to Football Outsiders, New York does have an advantage in the trenches. Their defensive line ranks 17th as the Bears offensive line ranks 28th. The Giants also rank ninth in sack rate, and the Bears line has allowed 30 sacks this season. As bad as the Giants season has been, they should have a solid day against a bad Chicago offense. Whether it’s Mitch Trubisky, or Chase Daniel, the quarterback won’t matter because both guys have played poorly. New York has allowed 8.3 yards per pass this season, but the Bears won’t be able to take advantage of it.
Giants Depth Chart
There’s been a circus around Hallas Hall this week with Bears beat writers and national media trying to figure out if Mitch Trubisky was actually pulled because of a hip pointer Sunday. The Bears quarterback has played poorly all year, and is questionable against the Giants. This might not matter. Chicago is averaging 4.3 yards per play, only ahead of the Jets and Dolphins for worst in the league. Just once have the Bears gone over 300 total yards of offense this season. Although the Giants rank 27th in DVOA defense, according to Football Outsiders, there’s a good chance the Bears will struggle to move the ball. As bad as Trubisky has been, Bears receivers are tied with the Dolphins for the most drops in the NFL at 18. This hurts any offensive drive, but it’s even worse when Chicago’s offense has been this bad.
Chicago’s defense has still been doing their best to keep them in games. They held the Rams offense to 17 points, 283 yards, and forced two turnovers in the first half. Unfortunately, the Bears offense wasn’t able to capitalize on the defenses success. One concern has been their rush defense. They’ve allowed over 100 yards on the ground in four of their last six games. A big part of this has been the loss of defensive tackle Akiem Hicks. A big part of clogging up the middle and keeping offensive lineman off linebackers, his loss has hurt the Bears on the ground. Now, Saquon Barkley has struggled this season, but he’s still capable of having a big game. Chicago’s rush defense has dropped to 12th in the NFL, according to Football Outsiders. Still very good, but not what they’ve been known for.
Bears Depth Chart
Daily Fantasy: Saquon Barkley
I think this is a bounce back spot for Barkley. Injuries have hurt Barkley’s production, but the Giants are coming off the bye, so extra rest should help him. Also, ESPN did release an article saying that the Giants will be using Barkley in the pass game more, so if you are in a PPR league, the catches out of the backfield will add up. The Bears have allowed their opponents to get over 100 yards on the ground in four of their last six games, and the Lions ran for 98 yards two games ago. Barkley is capable of bouncing back this week since Akiem Hicks and Danny Trevathan are out for Chicago.