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TNF Live Thread Giants @ Bears Edition

The New York Giants roll in to Chicago tonight to take in the Bears. The Giants are hoping to avoid losing their first six games of the season for the first time since 1976, a season that saw them lose their first nine contest. On the other side of the ball the Bears hope to stop their slide having dropped two games in a row after starting the season 3-0

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In New York, as the season kicked off they had high hopes at being the first team to play in a Super Bowl in their home stadium. Instead they are now only hoping to crawl out of the NFL basement after dropping their first five games. Giving them hope is the fact that they have beaten the Bears in their last two meetings and have left Soldier Field as winners in their previous four visits. To win this game the Giants must get back to two of the things that they are known for, playing solid defense and running the ball. They are allowing an NFL worst 36.4 point per game to this point and averaging only 56.8 yards on the ground. Starting QB Eli Manning will also have to start playing better after throwing 12 interceptions and only completing 53.7% of his passes in the first five games.

The Bears must also find a way to get back to what they are known for if they hope to earn another victory. Despite Bears QB Jay Cutler continuing to play well their defense has struggled in their two losses having given up a combined 50 points in the first half of the two games. The Bears offensive line will also be looking to protect Cutler better having given up six sacks in the two losses after only having given up three in their initial three victory's of the year. Cutler has done his part thus far completing a career high 65.7% of his passes and is coming off of a season high 358 yards passing in a loss to the Saints. Having started off strong in the first two games (15 receptions for 217 with 2 TD's) but struggling in the next three (16 receptions for 161 with 1 TD), the Bears and former Dolphins starting wide receiver Brandon Marshall is back to venting in anger which he says stems from the Bears slide and not from his own lack of production.

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