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Cover 3: Takeaways from Giants vs. Bears


The crew reacts to the 29-3 loss to the Bears in Chicago:

John Schmeelk: Since Daniel Jones' season-ending injury against the Eagles, they have scored 49 points in five games. Twenty-one of those points came late in the fourth quarter of those games when they were already decided. Due to two turnovers that gave the Bears the ball inside the Giants' 25-yard line within the first six offensive plays and three minutes of game time, they were in an early 14-0 deficit. With Mike Glennon behind an offensive line and wide receiver corps not at full strength, it was very difficult to imagine how the Giants were going to make up that deficit. In games like these, those kinds of mistakes are the easiest and fastest way to lose games, and that's what the Giants did on Sunday.

Dan Salomone: In his return to Chicago, where he tore his ACL last season, Saquon Barkley ran for a season-high 102 yards on 21 carries. Devontae Booker also added 46 yards on the ground as the Giants ran the ball 40 times compared to just 11 pass attempts. The minus-10 net pass yards tarnished any silver lining.

"The question of me not playing the last two games, I feel like I just sat out the whole year the year before with a torn ACL, missing games this year with an ankle injury, like why would I ever imagine – I know you didn't ask it, I don't say it was a dumb question, but for me personally, it's kind of insulting me when people say that or ask me that question," Barkley said after the game. "It's like, at the end of the day I know it's the league, but I still love this game, so me sitting out and not going out there and trying to compete for my brothers, it's nonsense to me. Coming here and to be able to have a 100-yard game and kind of come to the place where the injury happened and kind of made my career go backwards a little bit, it does feel good. It feels like a monkey came off my back to come to the spot where everything felt like it went downhill. Personally, to be able to get a run game going and especially with the help of the offensive line, who did a great job today, I'm appreciative of those guys up front for continuing to believe in me. Things haven't been that great this year."

Lance Medow: When your offense is struggling to put points on the board, the last thing you can afford to do is turn the ball over, hand the opposition favorable field position and put your defense in a precarious spot. Unfortunately, that's exactly what happened in the first quarter against the Bears, which changed the direction of the game in the blink of an eye. On the very first play of the game, Mike Glennon was sacked and lost a fumble. Chicago took over at the Giants' two-yard line and on the very next play cashed that in for a David Montgomery touchdown. On the Bears' ensuing possession, Glennon was picked off by Tashaun Gipson handing Chicago the ball at the Giants' 24-yard line, and a few plays later, Andy Dalton found Darnell Mooney in the end zone for another touchdown.

With just over eight minutes left in the first quarter, it was already 14-0 because the Bears essentially had two immediate red zone possessions off turnovers. Keep in mind, Chicago was averaging just 18 points per game and was 30th in red zone efficiency. The Bears were only scoring touchdowns 49 percent of the time yet they finished three of five in the game. A big reason why was the fact that they didn't have to put together lengthy drives as a result of extremely favorable starting field position. On top of that, entering Sunday's game, the Giants had scored 13 points or less in five of their previous six games so once the Bears produced a pair of touchdowns early, they knew they had placed an immense amount of pressure on the New York offense, one that was planning to lean heavily on the run game. While you could argue a two-touchdown deficit in today's NFL isn't insurmountable, given the Giants' recent track record, it put them in a very challenging position right out of the gates.

The Giants matched a season-high four turnovers against Chicago and reached that total for the second time in three games. It's no coincidence that their recent struggles have coincided with a drastic change in turnover differential. In the first 11 games of the season, the Giants had a turnover differential of plus-5. In the last five contests, that mark is minus-10. You're not going to win many games with that trend let alone remain competitive.


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