2. Any regrets in taking Saquon Barkley in the draft instead of going after a quarterback? Is there any weakness in Barkley’s game the Bears might be able to exploit to try to slow him down?
The Saquon Barkley proponents are many and based upon talent alone, he’s a beast. But the running back position overall isn’t what it used to be, and many successful teams employ a running back by committee approach. Conversely, I don’t see any successful teams out there with an unsettled quarterback situation, and the Jacksonville Jaguars are the best example of that right now.
After the Cleveland Browns selected Baker Mayfield, the Giants had the chance to grab Sam Darnold, and ultimately time will tell if the decision to draft Barkley was the correct one. One thought, if drafting Barkley was a no-brainer, then why are the Giants still 29th in the league in rushing offense (91.7 yards per game)?
3. Which Giants defender should the Bears and backup quarterback Chase Daniel be most concerned with? What does the Giants defense have in store for the Bears backup QB?
The Giants defense isn’t anything to write home about and based upon the fact that they have the 26th ranked rush defense (125.5 yards per game), I would expect Matt Nagy to have Chase Daniel simply manage the game. Even though Jordan Howard hasn’t had the greatest season, I would try to establish the running game.
The Bears also have enough weapons in the passing game to give Daniel enough options without having to go vertical. Giants fans are waiting for high-priced edge rusher Olivier Vernon to have a breakout game, and I’m sure that defensive coordinator James Bettcher will feel the need to pressure the quarterback to protect the Giants mediocre secondary.