In terms of season trajectory, the Bears and Giants could not be any more contrasted. The Bears look like one of the NFL’s best teams and a potential Super Bowl contender, even as Mitchell Trubisky nurses a shoulder injury. The Giants, meanwhile, desperately need a reboot at quarterback and are heading nowhere fast.
These two forces meet headlong this Sunday in New Jersey with the Bears likely to start Chase Daniel. A prospect that should scare no one away from the Bears, given the quality of the rest of the roster while going against a poor team like New York.
Here’s Windy City Gridiron’s staff picks for Bears-Giants.
Robert Zeglinski: Bears 29 Giants 21
Daniel’s in, and it doesn’t matter. The resilient Bears find a way to eke out a win over a sudden upstart Giants team and Saquon Barkley.
Lester A. Wiltfong Jr.: Bears 29 Giants 16
The Giant offense is starting to come around, but they haven’t played a defense as good as Chicago’s.
Aaron Leming: Bears 27 Giants 17
On paper, this is a match up that heavily favors the Bears, regardless of their quarterback situation. This won’t be an easy game on the road, but if the Bears shut down Barkley and get after Eli Manning, there’s no reason they don’t win.
Jacob Infante: Bears 27 Giants 16
I doubt that this will be a blowout with the likes of Barkley and Odell Beckham Jr., on New York’s offense, but the Bears are clearly the better team.
Jack M Silverstein: Bears 31 Giants 17
Even with Daniel, the Bears should be score aplenty on a team allowing 26 points per game. Manning will be staying away from Fast Eddie and Full Stop, so it’s Prince Six’s week to shine as The Prophecy rolls to 9-3.
Sam Householder: Bears 23, Giants 16
The Bears are rolling and with the extra time off, even with a backup quarterback, aren’t going to overlook anyone. Manning actually isn’t having a bad season, so maybe now’s the time for a meltdown.
Josh Sunderbruch: Bears 17 Giants 9
I think the Giants are overpowered by the Chicago defense, while the Bears play it safe on offense.
Andrew Link: Bears 31 Giants 17
The Giants aren’t a good team. Their defense is bottom five in DVOA and the Bears will score, even with Daniel. The Bears defense will be well-rested and hungry to devour the 37-year-old Manning.
Patti Curl: Bears 24 Giants 10
The Giants can’t handle the Bears’ pass rush and Manning will revert to a frightened child by the first quarter, assume the fetal position in the second half, and be begging for a warm womb by the end of the game.
ECD: Bears 27 Giants 13
The Bears’ offense should cruise through rather easily. Barkley gets a real “Welcome to the NFL” moment against this tough Chicago rushing defense.
WhiskeyRanger: Bears 24 Giants 10
Road games are rarely easy, and the Giants have been playing better recently, but Manning is still 37 going on 90 and the New York defense is exploitable.
Ken Mitchell: Bears 28 Giants 17
The Giants are better than their record, but that’s not saying much. Playing on the road, in the weather, possibly with a backup quarterback, against a team that you should beat is a recipe for an upset. I don’t think it’s going to happen, though.
WCG Contributors: Jeff Berckes; Patti Curl; Eric Christopher Duerrwaechter; Kev H; Sam Householder; Jacob Infante; Aaron Lemming; Andrew Link; Ken Mitchell; Steven Schweickert; Jack Silverstein; EJ Snyder; Lester Wiltfong, Jr.; Whiskey Ranger; Robert Zeglinski; Like us on Facebook.