The New York Giants (0-5) are in a desperate situation, as they remain winless heading into Week 6. On this Thursday night, Eli Manning and the winless Giants face off against Jay Cutler and the Chicago Bears (3-2) in what appears to be a must win situation for the G-Men. How are we going to look at this game with our NFL picks tonight?
Kick-off is set for 8:25 pm ET on Thursday at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois.
NFL odds currently lists the Bears as an 8.5 point betting favorite, and it looks like the sportsbooks are giving the Giants receive some creditability despite being a 0-5 squad.
2 Games Out of 1st Place
It’s difficult to believe that you can include a 0-5 football team in the divisional playoff picture, but the Giants are just 2 games behind the 2-3 Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles for the lead in the NFC East Division.
This is a team under the Coughlin regime that had won all of their playoff games on the road in one season en route to an upset of the undefeated New England Patriots and Tom Brady to win the Super Bowl. A team that’s won 2 Super Bowls in the last 6 seasons under Tom Couglin’s watch and headed by 2 time Super Bowl MVP, Eli Manning, can’t be counted out despite their unattractive record.
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This game is also important for Chicago as they got out to a 3-0 start, but have lost their last two games, allowing a combined 66 points to the Detroit Lions and New Orleans Saints. The Bears can’t let their guard down just because they’re at home and facing a team that has yet to record its first win. They’ve given up a lot of points in the 1st half of their last two games and have been unable to make up the deficit in the 2nd half. This should be a competitive football game.
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32nd In the League In Rushing
When running back David Wilson was playing, there was no production from the running game, just turnovers. Now, Wilson will be out for tonight’s game and the Giants must turn to Brandon Jacobs. Jacobs has been a major contributor in the past, but he’s appears to be a different player in 2013. He’s coming off of his season best 37 yards and that won’t cut it for a team that averages just 56.8 yards rushing per game. Brandon Jacobs must hold onto the ball and give the Giants some form of production in this game to take the predictability out of the Giants offensive scheme.
Eli Manning has been forced to throw the football more than he’s wanted to this season, and opposing defenses have been ready for it. Manning has thrown an NFL high 12 interceptions, along with being sacked 15 times this season. Manning isn’t the most “pretty” quarterback to watch, but he’s known for his ability to come through in clutch situations, and I expect that to happen in this game.
Hakeem Nicks finally has a chemistry with Manning and caught 9 passes for 142 yards last week against the Eagles. The Bears are 24th in the league against the pass and this could be a major opportunity for New York to shock some people.
A Complete 60 Minute Game
The Chicago Bears and quarterback Jay Cutler need to play a complete 60 minute game in order to be successful against the Giants. The Bears defense has let them down and Cutler has been playing catch-up in the 4th quarter and it hasn’t been working out well. Cutler has many options to go to in the form of Matt Forte, Brandon Marshall, Alshon Jeffery, and Martellus Bennett, and this game will rest on the shoulders of the Bears defense.
Jeffery is having a breakout season, leading the Bears with 429 yards and 2 TD while former Giants tight end, Martellus Bennett has also played well and would like to stick it to his former team.
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The Bears appear to be the clear cut choice in this game, but a team can never underestimate the ability of Eli Manning coming through in clutch situations. The 4th quarter is when Eli feels most comfortable. Look for New York to keep this game close as they know that their season is possibly on the line.
NFL Pick- New York Giants +8.5 at 5 Dimes