|Last 3 Games||0-3||-3.3||0-3||1-2||9.3||4.7||277.0||(4.9)||3.3||35.0||15.3||410.3||(5.6)||1.7|
|Offense (All Games)||16.4||6.6||18.2||25:60||17-57||(3.3)||22-41||53.6%||280||(6.8)||59-337||(5.7)||(20.5)|
|Opponents Defensive Avg.||22.6||9||21.3||29:04||24-93||(4)||25-40||62.6%||281||(7.1)||63-375||(5.9)||(16.6)|
|Offense Road Games||12.7||5.7||14.0||23:22||17-69||(4.1)||20-35||55.7%||239||(6.8)||52-309||(5.9)||(24.4)|
|Defense (All Games)||36.4||13.8||24.2||34:00||33-126||(3.9)||25-40||63.8%||269||(6.8)||72-396||(5.5)||(10.9)|
|Opponents Offensive Avg.||29.5||14.7||23.2||31:56||29-129||(4.5)||23-36||64.4%||270||(7.5)||65-399||(6.2)||(13.5)|
|Defense Road Games||35.0||13.3||23.3||36:38||32-128||(3.9)||25-39||64.1%||247||(6.3)||71-374||(5.2)||(10.7)|
|Stats For (All Games)||2.6||1.4||4.0||-2.6||12-3||26.2%||1-0||25.0%||3-60||(23.2)||3-15||(5.8)||7-63|
|Opponents Avg. Stats Against||1.3||0.9||2.1||1.6||13-5||36.6%||1-0||32.9%||2-51||(25.1)||15-2||(8)||7-56|
|Stats For (Road Games)||2.0||2.0||4.0||-2.0||12-3||27.0%||1-0||33.3%||2-41||(24.8)||3-18||(5.5)||6-54|
|Stats Against (All Games)||0.8||0.6||1.4|| ||16-8||49.4%||0-0||50.0%||1-11||(18.7)||3-58||(19.3)||7-71|
|Opponents Avg. Stats For||0.4||0.9||1.3|| ||13-6||44.3%||0-0||29.0%||2-47||(25.7)||29-2||(12)||7-56|
|Stats Against (Road Games)||1.3||0.7||2.0|| ||15-7||48.9%||1-0||50.0%||0-7||(22)||3-48||(18)||5-45|
|Last 3 Games||1-2||-1.2||1-2||2-1||30.0||14.7||369.7||(6.4)||1.7||29.7||20.0||397.7||(6.3)||2.7|
|Offense (All Games)||29.0||15.6||18.8||29:10||23-108||(4.7)||24-36||65.9%||260||(7.1)||60-369||(6.2)||(12.7)|
|Opponents Defensive Avg.||23||12.4||19.9||30:35||25-112||(4.5)||23-37||61.3%||247||(6.6)||62-358||(5.8)||(15.6)|
|Offense Home Games||24.3||13.7||20.3||28:41||24-101||(4.2)||24-35||69.5%||288||(8.2)||59-389||(6.6)||(16)|
|Defense (All Games)||28.0||19.0||19.6||30:50||27-98||(3.7)||24-35||69.0%||278||(8)||61-377||(6.1)||(13.4)|
|Opponents Offensive Avg.||23.6||13.2||20||30:25||25-91||(3.7)||24-37||64.6%||271||(7.3)||62-362||(5.8)||(15.3)|
|Defense Home Games||25.7||18.3||18.0||31:19||27-84||(3.1)||24-33||72.4%||262||(8)||60-346||(5.8)||(13.5)|
|Stats For (All Games)||1.2||0.8||2.0||0.8||13-5||35.9%||1-1||80.0%||4-113||(28.1)||1-7||(7)||4-38|
|Opponents Avg. Stats Against||1.1||0.7||1.8||1.8||13-5||36.4%||1-0||50.7%||2-62||(25.6)||15-2||(7.1)||5-51|
|Stats For (Home Games)||1.0||1.0||2.0||0.0||12-6||47.2%||1-0||50.0%||3-114||(38.1)||1-6||(6)||5-46|
|Stats Against (All Games)||1.2||1.6||2.8|| ||13-5||39.1%||1-1||75.0%||2-60||(27.1)||1-15||(15.2)||4-41|
|Opponents Avg. Stats For||1||1||2|| ||13-5||38.7%||1-0||46.2%||2-54||(24.3)||14-2||(7.6)||5-52|
|Stats Against (Home Games)||1.0||1.0||2.0|| ||14-7||46.5%||1-1||100.0%||2-63||(31.3)||1-5||(7.5)||4-40|
|Average power rating of opponents played: NY GIANTS 22.2, CHICAGO 21.6|
|9/29/2013||@ KANSAS CITY||7-31||L||3||L||44||U||21-98||18-37-200||3||28-102||24-41-288||3|
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|10/27/2013||@ PHILADELPHIA|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
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|NY GIANTS: The Giants have moved toward a zone-blocking scheme more and more in past years, and it appears they're ready to make a wholesale change this year. Second-year RB David Wilson fits best in a one-cut system, as does tandem back Andre Brown. Wilson figures to see the bulk of the early down snaps. But he's still a work in progress as far as blitz pick-up goes, so he'll head to the sideline in most passing situations. Andre Brown will take third downs and will likely end up taking short-yardage duties.
Eli Manning has pretty much taken over this offense, adjusting plays at the line like his brother (minus the theatrics). They'll continue to run a lot of three-receiver sets, and Manning's at his best working off play-action. Hakeem Nicks, presumably healthy again, works primarily on the outside as a big-play threat. But Manning's favorite targets have traditionally worked out of the slot, which will be Victor Cruz's spot in three-wide looks. Manning will also use TE Brandon Myers as his main check-down option, as the backs usually stay in to protect. Third receiver Reuben Randle will play outside as a field-stretching option. The Giants stayed relatively run-based in the red zone last year, and Brown figures to take a good amount of the reps down there this year.
Although the Giants allowed the second-most yards in the NFL, they also forced 35 turnovers (3rd in NFL) with FS Stevie Brown getting six interceptions. The defensive line is too talented with DEs Jason Pierre-Paul and Justin Tuck to record just 33 sacks again (22nd in NFL), and a better pass rush will certainly help their beleaguered secondary, which expects CB Prince Amukamara, 24, to dominate. The defense added seven new defenders this offseason, but DT Cullen Jenkins is the only projected starter of this bunch.|
|CHICAGO: New offensive coordinator Aaron Kromer coached the line and running backs during his tenure in New Orleans (he'll also coach the O-Line this season), and the Saints ran a sophisticated and versatile running scheme. Expect both man and zone blocking from the Bears, and they'll likely be running out of spread looks much more often than last year. Matt Forte is still the lead rusher, and he'll stay on the field on third downs as one of the league's best passing down backs. Michael Bush will spell him and take a third of the workload, including the majority of short-yardage runs and goal-line carries.
New head coach Marc Trestman will run an offense more like what Jay Cutler ran in Denver. They'll use a lot of spread looks with more quick-hitters, short hitches and slants. Brandon Marshall is the primary target, a possession receiver who does most of his work facing the line of scrimmage. Alshon Jeffery will likely work underneath a little bit more in his second season. Slot receiver Earl Bennett should see an uptick in reps, though he's been marginalized by Marshall. TE Martellus Bennett will likely get the chance to flex out more, and Forte will catch plenty of screens. The Bears figure to lean heavily on the backs in the red zone, and when they do throw, Cutler usually force-feeds Marshall.
New defensive coordinator Mel Tucker won't tinker much with this defense that led the NFL with 44 takeaways, including eight pick-sixes. DE Julius Peppers (111.5 career sacks) is still a menace, CBs Tim Jennings (NFL-high 9 INT) and Charles Tillman (10 FF, 3 TD) are outstanding, and 24-year-old SS Major Wright (4 INT) is a rising star in this league. New MLB D.J. Williams is a suitable replacement for the retired Brian Urlacher, working alongside accomplished WLB Lance Briggs and new SLB James Anderson.|
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*Giants-Bears Preview* ======================
By JEFF MEZYDLO STATS Senior Writer
The New York Giants don't have much time to prepare for their latest attempt at that elusive first victory of the season.
Looking to avoid their first 0-6 start in 37 years, the Giants hope to continue their success at Soldier Field and hand the Chicago Bears a third straight defeat Thursday night.
At 0-5 for the first time since the strike season of 1987, New York must quickly move on from Sunday's 36-21 loss to Philadelphia and focus on a 3-2 Chicago team that's looking to stop its own regression.
The Giants began the season fueled by the idea of possibly playing a Super Bowl on their home field, but now will focus only on winning a game.
New York has not dropped its first six since going 0-9 in 1976.
"For us, we're not even thinking about the playoffs now," linebacker Spencer Paysinger said. "Right now we are 0-5 and looking for our first win, hopefully coming on Thursday."
The Giants have won two straight against the Bears and their last four at Soldier Field, with the latest matchup in Chicago coming in 2007. Given the current state of the team, however, relying on past success in this series seem like it would hardly be enough.
New York is allowing a league-worst 36.4 points per contest, yielding at least 31 in all five games to tie an NFL record set by the 1954 Chicago Cardinals. The Giants rallied from a 19-7 halftime deficit to lead 21-19 late in the third quarter Sunday, then allowed 17 unanswered points.
Eli Manning threw three of his league-high 12 interceptions on consecutive series in the fourth quarter. The two-time Super Bowl MVP has thrown eight touchdowns but has completed 53.7 percent of his passes and been sacked 15 times.
"The guy is trying to play the best he can," coach Tom Coughlin said. "He's certainly trying to do too much. He knows his team and he knows his responsibility. He's an extremely accountable guy and he's going to do everything he possibly can. Sometimes it's not to be done that way."
While others outside the organization might be quick to blame Manning for the Giants' struggles, his teammates will not.
"It's everyone, the receivers, the offensive line. Everyone is to blame for some of these losses," said receiver Victor Cruz, who had five receptions for 48 yards Sunday after recording 10 for 164 and a TD in the 31-7 defeat at Kansas City a week earlier.
"It's pretty frustrating. We understand that one of these games has to turn for us."
The Giants won't have running back David Wilson this week, as he suffered a neck injury Sunday after running for 16 yards, six carries and his first touchdown.
New York, which averages a league-low 56.8 rushing yards, will go with a backfield combination of Brandon Jacobs, who ran 11 times for 37 yards against the Eagles, and the recently re-signed Da'Rel Scott.
Jacobs had 62 yards and a TD on just six carries in New York's 17-3 home win over the Bears in 2010. The Giants sacked Jay Cutler nine times in the first half and sent him to the bench with a concussion.
Cutler has been sacked nine times this season, but six have come in back-to-back losses to Detroit and New Orleans. He is completing a career-best 65.7 percent of his passes and threw for a season-high 358 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions Sunday, but Chicago lost 26-18 to the Saints.
With Brandon Marshall often double-teamed, Cutler connected 10 times with second-year receiver Alshon Jeffery, who had a team-record 218 receiving yards and one score.
Jeffery has 15 receptions for 325 yards with two touchdowns the last two weeks after catching 13 passes for 104 and no scores in the first three.
Marshall caught 15 balls for 217 yards and two TDs the first two games, but has 16 receptions for 161 yards and one touchdown in the past three. That's caused him to vent some frustration he claims stems from the team's current slide instead of his own recent lack of production.
The Bears have been outscored 50-20 in the first half of the last two contests.
"Sometimes the formula may go to me, sometimes it doesn't. Whatever's best for the team to win, that's what we need to do," said Marshall, who has a TD on Sunday but was held to season lows of four receptions and 30 yards. "I'm always going to be frustrated when our offense isn't No. 1 in the league. I'm always going to be frustrated when we're losing."
The Bears held New Orleans to a season-low 347 yards but failed to force a turnover for the first time in 11 games. Chicago is third in the league with 14 takeaways, while New York's 20 turnovers are the most in the NFL.
Manning is 2-1 against the Bears despite completing 53.9 percent of his passes with one TD and four picks.
Teammate Hakeem Nicks had nine receptions for 142 yards last week. He had eight for 110 against the Bears in 2010.
|Last Updated: 9/3/2014 1:47:39 AM EST|