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NFL Weekend Picks: Bears look tame, Giants look small

NFL Weekend Picks: Bears look tame, Giants look small

NFL Weekend Picks: Bears look tame, Giants look small

Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte...


    The Chicago Bears have two reasons to be in a nasty mood — consecutive losses to Detroit and New Orleans.
    The Giants have five reasons to be ornery — defeats in every game so far this season.
    New York is 0-5 for the first time since the 1987 strike-interrupted season, and on merit. The Giants can't protect Eli Manning, who has been looking around for where the rush is coming almost as much as he's been concentrating on receivers downfield. New York already has 20 turnovers, on pace to set a humiliating league record, and Manning has been picked 12 times.
    Plus, the Giants can't run the ball, and their only real threat at running back, David Wilson, won't play Thursday night because of a neck problem.
    On defense, the Giants rank 26th and can't manufacture a pass rush.
    The secondary has been a mess and is ravaged by injuries.
    Not a pretty picture.
    "You just keep working and keep trying to improve and find out the mistakes I'm making and correct those," Manning said. "If there are mistakes within the offense that are mental, if there are things we can do better, get everybody on the same page — and how do you fix those mistakes? Just have a positive attitude and keep working, knowing that we can get to play at a better level."
    Chicago's level hasn't been very high since winning its first three games. It can't have helped the Bears' mindset that top receiver Brandon Marshall complained about not seeing the ball enough after teammate Alshon Jeffery set a Bears record with 218 yards receiving.
    "Two weeks ago in Detroit, we didn't take care of the football," first-year coach Marc Trestman said. "We moved the football, but didn't take care of the football. Our defense turned it over for us and we didn't take advantage of that.
    "Last week, we had a poor start. We weren't consistent throughout the game."
    Chicago (No. 12 in the AP Pro32) is an 8-point favorite over the spiraling Giants (No. 31, AP Pro32). Poor starts, inconsistency — even with those traits, the Bears can handle the Giants.

▲ BEARS, 30-20

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