2014 DRAFT GUIDE
Bears look to end skid against winless Giants

By ANDREW SELIGMAN - AP Sports Writer
    2013-10-09 12:01

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) - On the surface, this would seem like an easy one for the Chicago Bears. They're trying to get back to winning against a team that hasn't won a game all season.

The problem is the New York Giants (0-5) are no strangers to victories no matter what their record says, so the Bears (3-2) aren't exactly breathing easy heading into Thursday night's game at Soldier Field.

They see a perennial contender, a quarterback in Eli Manning with two championship rings, and signs of danger even if there's a big zero in the win column.

``When you look at their personnel, they've got playmakers all over the field,'' Bears coach Marc Trestman said. ``They've got a future Hall of Fame quarterback that's got a couple of Super Bowls. ... They have firepower.''

They also have one of the league's worst defenses, a running game that ranks at the bottom and is injured, an offense that leads the league with 20 turnovers, and a quarterback with more interceptions (12) than anyone else.

They won't have starting halfback David Wilson. The team's first-round pick in 2012, he injured his neck against the Philadelphia Eagles last week and will miss this game.

The offensive line has struggled all season through injuries to center Kevin Baas and guard Chris Snee, and it's added up to this: New York matching its worst start since the 1987 strike season.

``I think our guys have handled it well, and I think they know that we can fix it,'' Manning said. ``They know that we can play better than what we are. They know we're capable of more and that we'll do whatever it takes to get that first `W.' I think that's been good.''

The fact that everyone in the NFC East is below .500 has Manning believing the Giants are not quite out of it. Beating the Bears would be a good start, and it would add to the percolating angst in Chicago.

Losses to Detroit and New Orleans have raised the anxiety level after a 3-0 start. The Bears struggled to mount a pass rush from the start, and that was before defensive tackles Henry Melton and Nate Collins suffered season-ending knee injuries.

On offense, they're still adjusting to Trestman's system. And they probably could have done without Brandon Marshall going public with his frustration over a lack of catches against the Saints, particularly given Alshon Jeffery's team record performance in that game.

Here are five things to watch when the Giants and Bears meet:

MISSING MARSHALL: It'll be interesting to see how often Marshall is targeted in light of his comments. He had five passes thrown his way and caught four for 30 yards and a touchdown. The Saints were blanketing him, and that created opportunities for Jeffery, who set a franchise mark with 218 yards. So do the Giants double up on Marshall? If they do, does Cutler force some passes to him or look more to another receiver such as Jeffery? Another possibility is the Giants pay more attention to Jeffery, which could ease the pressure on Chicago's Pro Bowl receiver.

GETTING IT BACK: The Bears didn't force any turnovers against Drew Brees and the Saints. Chicago has 14 takeaways and 55 points off turnovers. The Giants gave it away four times for 17 points against Philadelphia, with Manning getting picked off on three straight possessions in the fourth quarter.

UNDER PRESSURE: Losing both Melton and Collins left the Bears short-handed up front and dealt some more blows to a group struggling to wreak havoc. The only teams with fewer sacks than Chicago (eight) are the Giants (five) and Steelers (four), but there might be some hope for the Bears going against a shaky line. Manning's been sacked 15 times, tied for fourth in the league.

RUN WITH IT: The Giants haven't rushed for a 100 yards as a team yet after averaging 116.4 per game a year ago. They released No. 1 running back Ahmad Bradshaw to clear the way for Wilson. Now, he's out and Brandon Jacobs figures to make his first start since the end of the Giants' 2011 season. He played little last year with San Francisco because of injuries and a run-in with coach Jim Harbaugh.

NO DEFENSE: The Giants have allowed at least 31 points in each loss, tying an NFL record set by the Chicago Cardinals in 1954, and it's not hard to see why. They have no pass rush and can't get off the field on third down. Opponents have converted 39 of 79 chances, the second-highest percentage in the league.

---

AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org

Fantasy Football Player Notes RSS FeedPLAYER NOTES

Johnny ManzielAug 21 08:22a

Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel will not have a package of plays created for him to run off the bench, according to head coach Mike Pettine. Manziel has been [ More ]

Geno SmithAug 21 02:23a

New York Jets QB Geno Smith will start Week 1 versus the Oakland Raiders, barring an injury. The coaching staff has yet to officially name Smith the starter.

Geno AtkinsAug 21 12:53a

Cincinnati Bengals DE Geno Atkins (knee) will be ready for the regular season opener against the Baltimore Ravens Sept. 7, head coach Marvin Lewis said Wednesday, Aug. 20. In [ More ]

Walt AikensAug 21 12:53a

Miami Dolphins CB Walt Aikens (hand) is sidelined indefinitely due to a left hand injury suffered a practice earlier this week. No timetable has been established for his return.

Tyler WilsonAug 21 12:53a

Cincinnati Bengals CB Darqueze Dennard (hip), DT David King (undisclosed), CB Lavelle Westbrooks (undisclosed) and QB Tyler Wilson (head) were unable to practice Wednesday, Aug. 20.

Andre SmithAug 21 12:53a

Cincinnati Bengals OT Andre Smith (concussion) said Wednesday, Aug. 20, that he expects to get cleared to play in the preseason game Sunday, Aug. 24, against the Arizona Cardinals. [ More ]

Jalil BrownAug 21 12:53a

Miami Dolphins CB Jalil Brown, CB Don Jones, FS Jordan Kovacs and FS Michael Thomas appear to be fighting for two roster spots. Thomas has reportedly had a good [ More ]

Knowshon MorenoAug 21 12:53a

Miami Dolphins RB Knowshon Moreno (knee) said Wednesday, Aug. 20, that he feels good. The team wants to see him practice Thursday, Aug. 21, before deciding if he will [ More ]

Andre JohnsonAug 20 10:43p

Houston Texans WR Andre Johnson has showed no signs of rust from his time away from the team this offseason. Johnson had an impressive practice during joint workouts with [ More ]

Trent RichardsonAug 20 10:33p

Indianapolis Colts RB Trent Richardson is off to a slow start in training camp and the preseason, posting just 34 yards in 14 attempts. At 2.4 yards per carry, [ More ]

Emmanuel SandersAug 20 10:33p

Denver Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders (quadriceps) was involved in practice Wednesday, Aug. 20, but he is not working in 'live' setting yet. Head coach John Fox would not rule [ More ]

Montee BallAug 20 10:33p

Denver Broncos RB Montee Ball (appendix) continues to do more work in practice each day, but most of his work continues to be outside of the team structure. However, [ More ]

LeGarrette BlountAug 20 07:53p

Pittsburgh Steelers RB LeGarrette Blount and RB Le'Veon Bell were charged by Ross Township Police Wednesday, Aug. 20, with marijuana possession.

Le'Veon BellAug 20 07:43p

Pittsburgh Pirates RB Le'Veon Bell and RB LeGarrette Blount were charged by Ross Township Police Wednesday, Aug. 20, with marijuana possession. Bell was also charged with driving under the [ More ]

Ryan McBeanAug 20 05:53p

The Arizona Cardinals signed DT Ryan McBean (Ravens) Wednesday, Aug. 20. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

Colt LyerlaAug 20 05:43p

The Green Bay Packers placed TE Colt Lyerla (knee) on the Reserve/Injured list Wednesday, Aug. 20.

Pat DevlinAug 20 05:33p

Free-agent WR Kevin Elliott (Bills), LS Chad Rempel (Bears), QB Pat Devlin (Dolphins) and DT Jibreel Black (Buccaneers) all cleared waivers Wednesday, Aug. 20.

Vontaze BurfictAug 20 05:33p

Cincinnati Bengals LB Vontaze Burfict agreed to a multi-year contract extension Wednesday, Aug. 20. Terms of the new deal were not disclosed.

Isaac SopoagaAug 20 05:13p

The Arizona Cardinals signed DT Isaac Sopoaga (Patriots) Wednesday, Aug. 20, per a league source. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

Jordan NorwoodAug 20 04:53p

Denver Broncos WR Jordan Norwood (knee) suffered a torn acute cruciate ligament in practice Wednesday, Aug. 20.

Isaiah PeadAug 20 04:33p

The St. Louis Rams waived RB Isaiah Pead (knee) with a waived/injured designation Wednesday, Aug. 20. Pead will revert back to the roster if he clears waivers.

Phillip TannerAug 20 03:43p

The Indianapolis Colts waived RB Phillip Tanner Wednesday, Aug. 20.

Dexter McDougleAug 20 03:43p

The New York Jets placed CB Dexter McDougle (knee) on the Reserve/Injured list Wednesday, Aug. 20.

David FluellenAug 20 03:23p

The Indianapolis Colts acquired RB David Fluellen (Eagles) in exchange for PK Cody Parkey Wednesday, Aug. 20.

Desmond BryantAug 20 02:53p

Cleveland Browns DE Desmond Bryant (wrist) recently underwent wrist surgery. Head coach Mike Pettine said he is not sure if Bryant will be available to play Week 1.

S. SylvesterAug 20 02:43p

The Buffalo Bills have placed LB Stevenson Sylvester (undisclosed) on the Reserve/Injured list.

Michael CrabtreeAug 20 02:33p

San Francisco 49ers WR Michael Crabtree said he did not feel like himself when he returned from offseason Achilles' tendon surgery last season. 'I was fast enough to be [ More ]

Fendi OnobunAug 20 02:23p

The Jacksonville Jaguars have waived/injured TE Fendi Onobun (knee).

Eric KettaniAug 20 02:23p

The Jacksonville Jaguars have signed free-agent FB Eric Kettani (Chiefs). Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

Sebastian VollmerAug 20 01:13p

New England Patriots OT Sebastian Vollmer (undisclosed) was not on the field during practice Wednesday, Aug. 20. Vollmer has missed the last three practices because of an undisclosed reason.

Peyton HillisAug 20 01:03p

New York Giants CB Prince Amukamara (groin), WR Trindon Holliday (hamstring), RB Peyton Hillis (ankle, foot), OT Charles Brown (shoulder) and OT James Brewer (back) are not participating in practice Wednesday, Aug. 20.

Cody WallaceAug 20 12:53p

Pittsburgh Steelers CB Shaquille Richardson (knee), LB Jordan Zumwalt (hamstring), TE Eric Waters (concussion), C Cody Wallace (finger) and LS Greg Warren (knee) will not play in the third preseason game.

RSS Feeds

NFL News:
 
Player Notes:
 
Forum Posts:
 

© 2014 RealTime Fantasy Sports, Inc.
Email Us  ·  Call Us 636.447.1170  ·  Lost Password
Advertising represented by USA Today Sports Media Group