As you may know, Super Bowl XLVIII is set to be played at MetLife Stadium, the first time for an outdoor stadium to host a Super Bowl in a cold weather city. The Jets and their surprising 3-2 record are keeping them in contention, but the Road to MetLife Stadium is a long shot for the 0-5 New York Giants, who visit the 3-2 Chicago Bears on Thursday night.
I know it’s ridiculously early, but if the playoffs started today, Marc Trestman and the Bears would be on the outside looking in yet again. The Bears need a win to stay on the Road to MetLife Stadium. According to the stats, teams with a 4-2 record make the postseason about 59% of the time while 3-3 teams make the postseason just 39% of the time. It really helps their chances if the pull off a win on Thursday night.
There is a heck of a lot of hardware on the opposing sideline to just expect a glorified scrimmage. The Giants are still loaded with Pro Bowlers and Super Bowl champions, so don’t expect them to just lay down and play dead for the Bears. In fact, the Giants are a wounded dog, which is a dangerous thing. They have nothing to lose, so expect them to throw the kitchen sink at Jay Cutler and the Bears.
Tom Coughlin is one of the most tenured head coaches in the league, going against a rookie head coach in Marc Trestman. On a short week, having experience in the locker room and on the sidelines could help neutralize what appears to be a mismatch on paper. In other words, random stuff happens on Thursday nights. It’s up to the Bears to keep it simple, stay focused on the present and not look past the Giants. If they don’t, the next 9 days until their next game could be rough.
The Road to MetLife Stadium is fraught with peril. Thursday night’s game is just another trap the Bears must avoid to be playing in the postseason.
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