Winless Giants Weep As Bears Roar
I’ve never been so depressed being right. Yesterday I picked the Chicago Bears to upend the New York Giants. In fact, I was pretty close with predicting the final score. I said The Bears would win 27-17, they wound up with a 27-21 victory. I know I’m supposed to be neutral when discussing these games but darn it, my beloved hometown Giants are now 0-6. I haven’t even bought my two sons Halloween costumes yet and my football teams season is already over.
Now, the G-Men did look a lot better last night than in previous weeks. There was actually a running game present. Brandon Jacobs received the start and looked like a man possessed. He gained 106 yards and had two touchdowns. Anyone with the foresight to start him in fantasy leagues was rewarded with 26.40 points (NFL.com leagues). You can’t however expect that kind of time-warp play from him week in and week out. Even the New York defense shows signs of life. They allowed only a 52-yard field goal in the entire second half after allowing only 17 first half points. The Bears did score 24 points in that half but seven of them came off an Eli Manning interception return for a score. That there is one of the Giants big problems.
Everything can’t be blamed on Eli. Eli doesn’t play defense, offensive line or any other position and the Giants have plenty of holes. He does need to seriously cut down on his interceptions though. After another three picks Thursday his total is now 15. That many interceptions through six games is the most since Dan Fouts in 1986, the same year a 24-year old Tom Cruise was on top of the box office with “Top Gun”. The last pick was not Manning’s fault as his intended receiver let the ball go off his hands and into Charles Tillman’s (his second pick of Eli during the game). Manning is the QB and in the pro’s it’s the signal caller that everyone is going to turn to when things go bad and things are very bad for New York right now. Eli had a putrid 10.56 fantasy points
Manning’s counterpart last night, Jay Cutler enjoyed success however. He completed 66% of his passes for 262 yards with two touchdowns.That was good enough for 20.48 fantasy points. Both of those scores went to Brandon Marshall (29.70 points) who I said had the perfect matchup for a big game. Marshall averaged nearly ten yards on his nine catches. I was expecting a bigger game from tight end Martellus Bennett (12.80 points). Even though he had 68 yards on 6 catches he failed to find the end zone for the fourth straight week. Even kicker Robbie Gould enjoyed a nice night as he stayed perfect on field goal attempts for the season. Gould converting both his kicks, one from 40 and the other from 52 yards out.
Next up for the Bears will be a road trip to Washington to take on RGIII and the Redskins. Washington has a poor defense and the Bears may be in-line for another big offensive game. Cutler and Marshall are unstoppable when they’re on the same page and I would look for them to hook up for at least another touchdown in that one. The winless Giants will get some extended rest as they do not play again until next Monday night. They will take on the Minnesota Vikings who have looked like anything but world beaters themselves this year. It may be New York’s best chance for their first win. At home with extended rest, the Giants better be sharper than they have all season. The Vikings may even be starting Josh Freeman under center which I believe would work to New York’s advantage. At this point, something has to.