The disappointing Chicago Bears will try to pick up a much-needed home win before a short week leading into a Thanksgiving Day game when they host the stumbling New York Giants on Sunday. The Bears' inept offense managed 267 total yards in a 17-7 loss at the Los Angeles Rams last week, their fifth setback in the last six games for a team that entered the season with Super Bowl aspirations.
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Struggling quarterback Mitch Trubisky was pulled late in the contest with a hip issue and is drawing plenty of heat along with head coach Matt Nagy, who sees some progress in his third-year quarterback. "The last two weeks he has without a doubt gotten a lot better at the quarterback position," Nagy told reporters of Trubisky, who has completed over 60 percent of his passes with four touchdowns and one interception in that span. "Decision-making, throws ... where he's at the last two weeks has been a lot better." The same could probably be said of Giants quarterback Daniel Jones, who has thrown nine touchdowns with one pick over a three-week span, but the rookie has fumbled an alarming 13 times on the year. He did so three times in a 34-27 loss to the New York Jets two Sundays ago, the Giants' sixth consecutive defeat.
TV: 1 p.m. ET, FOX. LINE: Bears -6 O/U: 40.5
ABOUT THE GIANTS (2-8): Jones is getting another weapon back in the form of wide receiver Sterling Shepard, who hasn't played since Oct. 6 because of a concussion, and star running back Saquon Barkley indicated Thursday that he's feeling strong for the stretch run. "There is a reason why I got drafted here," Barkley told reporters. "There is a reason I'm one of the best running backs in the league. And I'm just going to go out there and do what I do." The dynamic Penn State product was held to just one yard on 13 carries in a dismal game against the Jets and he has only three TDs on the year after producing 15 as a rookie.
ABOUT THE BEARS (4-6): While Trubisky and the offense are trying to figure things out, Chicago's best defensive player - linebacker Khalil Mack - is coming off an effort against the Rams in which he finished with no statistics in 47 snaps. "Khalil, he doesn't have to change anything he's doing," Nagy told reporters. "He's a pretty good player, and he understands in this scheme it's cyclical, and we're just in that right now. Teams are going to double him every single game, and it just gives opportunities to other guys." Chicago ranks fourth in the NFL in scoring defense (17.4) and eighth in total defense (322.9 yards).
1. Giants WRs Golden Tate and Darius Slayton had two touchdown catches apiece in the loss to the Jets.
2. Chicago is tied for fourth in the league with 10 turnovers, while New York is 31st with 24 giveaways.
3. Barkley ran for 125 yards and added 21 through the air to help the Giants to a 30-27 win over the Bears at home last year.