COMMENTARY | The 0-5 New York Giants try once again Thursday night to get their first victory of the 2013 season when they travel to Soldier Field to face the Chicago Bears. Here are five things to watch, from the Giants' perspective.
1. Can The Giants Protect Eli Manning? -- The Giants' offensive line has been atrocious this season, with Manning already having been sacked 15 times. He has been hit and had to run for his life countless others, a large part of why he has a league-worst 12 interceptions. If the line can give Manning a chance the Bears have proven susceptible to the big play thus far, so there might be opportunities for receivers Hakeem Nicks, Victor Cruz and Reuben Randle.
2. Can The Giants Rush The Passer? -- They have not been able to do that thus far in 2013, as their five sacks are 31st in the league. That is abysmal for a defense that has always been built around a fearsome pass rush. If they can't, Bears' QB Jay Cutler will have a field day throwing to Brandon Marshall, Alshon Jeffrey and Martellus Bennett.
3. Can Jon Beason Still Play? -- The Giants acquired the three-time Pro Bowler from the Carolina Panthers via trade last Friday, and have every intention of getting him on the field Thursday night. Head coach Tom Coughlin said this week that Beason is "ready to contribute." What, however, does he have left to give? Beason, 28, has played in only 8 games the past three seasons and his athleticism is in question following Achilles tendon and micro-fracture knee surgeries.
4. Can The Giants Run The Ball? -- Andre Brown is on short-term IR. David Wilson will miss the game with a neck injury. The Giants are down to Brandon Jacobs, who hasn't been productive for years, and Da'Rel Scott, who was cut a week ago and re-signed this week, to run the ball. That's not good for a team already averaging a league-worst 56.8 yards rushing per game.
5. The Turnover Battle -- The Giants are averaging a league-worst 4 turnovers per game. The Bears are one of the best teams in the league at creating turnovers, getting 2.8 takeaways per game. That's a bad combination for New York.
Ed Valentine is editor of Big Blue View, covering the Giants for SB Nation.
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