Injuries have been mounting for the 0-5 New York Giants; it seems that each game a different starter goes down with a serious injury. This week starting running back David Wilson has been ruled out with a neck injury. For the Bears, starting cornerback Charles Tillman may miss Thursday’s game with a knee injury, and linebacker Lance Briggs is nursing injuries to his foot and hip. Both Tillman and Briggs will be game-time decisions for the Bears.
Most folks in the Tri-State area would say the Giants have no shot to make the playoffs after an 0-5 start. We say “most” because there’s a group that won’t give up just yet — the guys in the locker room.
On the surface, this would seem like an easy one for the Chicago Bears. They’re trying to get back to winning against a team that hasn’t won a game all season.
The Chicago Bears have lost back-to-back games to the Detroit Lions and the New Orleans Saints, and if they lose Thursday night to the winless Giants, a full-fledged panic will envelop the City of Broad Shoulders.
For the Giants (0-5), running the ball has been a major challenge. The offensive line has not blocked well, the backs are a step off, and the result has been an average of 56.8 yards.
If somebody is going to take the blame for New York’s miserable start, it’s Tom Coughlin. The 67-year-old coach pointed the finger at himself for the Giants’ worst start since the 1987 strike season.
The executives at NFL Network probably had this game circled during the summer. Two longtime NFL franchises, each with a storied past; fighting for position in the NFC playoff picture. Instead Thursday Night’s contest pits a winless New York Giants squad (0-5) against a reeling Chicago Bears team coming off two consecutive losses after starting the season 3-0.
D-coordinator Perry Fewell has appealed to his players’ pride and asked his defense to “play like Giants.” That will work. For a game or two.
The Chicago Bears signed D.J. Williams to replace Brian Urlacher at middle linebacker this season. Williams, a nine-year veteran, has been a highly productive player since being taken in the first round of the 2004 draft.
“That’s ridiculous,” he said. “…Running backs, the first thing that gets there is our head. That’s kind of weird. I guess they expect us to lead with our chests now rather than our head.”
The Giants have found their new tight end in Brandon Myers.
The Giants have reportedly signed wide receiver Louis Murphy to a one-year deal.
There’s no need for the Giants to make major changes, as the foundation needed to build a winner still remains.
Coughlin may be disappointed and he is probably angry. However, his team should not be broken up.
The Giants have no one to blame but themselves after the Ravens dismantled the G-Men on Sunday?