The 3-2 Chicago Bears get set to host the 0-5 New York Giants in the national spotlight on NFL Network’s Thursday Night Football. It’s a quick turnaround for both teams, who could both be missing some key players. The Giants are in unfamiliar territory, playing from such a big hole with their backs against the wall while the Bears try to snap a two game losing streak and head into a long weekend on a good note. On to the staff picks…
Well, that sucked. Not only did the Bears lose, but it also put a blemish on my perfect season in prognosticating the Bears wins/losses. That said, nothing says rebound like a Thursday night game at home against a team that is finding new ways to lose each week. The NY Giants come in like a wounded dog and will muster all the fight they can, so it is imperative that the Bears use the home field to their advantage on a short week against the visiting G-Men. Cutty and company need to light up the scoreboard early and often and Eli and his wounded warriors will fold like a cheap tent. I also smell a Devin Hester return to paydirt this week!!!
Bears 34 – Giants 13
This has all the makings for a trap game. An underperforming opponent coming into town on a short week as the Bears recover from a tough home loss. The Giants are loaded with Pro Bowlers and Super Bowl Rings, so don’t expect them to lay down. While they’re 0-5, they’re only two games back in the weak NFC East. That could serve as motivation for the Giants to pull out of their nosedive. Marc Trestman rallies the troops as the Bears offense gets on track. Look for Major Wright and Chris Conte to get a couple of picks and count on a defensive score.
I’m eyeing to pass Decon before the end of the season, but this won’t be the week, as I’m with him in selecting the Bears.
Bears 31 – Giants 21
Heather Pink (3-1)
Right now the New York Giants are doing everything they can not to drown this year. But, I feel like it’s just a matter of time before this team turns it around. If the Bears defense can play like they did in the first half against the New Orleans Saints, then it will be totally up to the Bears offense to win that game. The Giants defense is beat down. The Bears need to capitalize, get Brandon Marshall involved, and put the pieces together now.
Bears 27 – Giants – 17
Keith Schultz (4-1)
This will not be easy. The Bears in recent history have not played the Giants very well including Cutler getting knocked out for a game midway through a Sunday night game. If the Bears come out and play fast early they could end this quickly. The Giants are pretty bad, but with their backs in the corner is when they are usually ready for a winning streak. Let’s start that streak in Week #7!
The Bears defense failed to force turnovers against the Saints last weekend. The interception-prone Eli Manning rolls into Chicago on Thursday night and will help remedy this struggling unit.
Bears 24-Giants 13
Elijah Zelonky (3-2)
This is a must win game for both teams. The Giants are trying to get a win and the Bears are trying to get back on track. The Saints are the best team in the NFC right now; the New York Football Giants are the worst. The Bears played fairly well at times against the Saints and ended up moving the ball pretty well towards the end of the game. Against the Giants, it won’t be as much of a challenge. Look for the Bears to get off to a much better start.
Bears 34 – Giants 18