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Giants vs. Bears Preview: 10 Things to Watch

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Everything you need to know about the Week 12 matchup between the New York Giants (2-8) and Chicago Bears (4-6):

Snap the losing streak. The Giants haven't won in almost two months, suffering six consecutive losses since Week 4. They will look to end the losing streak on Sunday against a Bears team that has only one victory over the same span.

Injury Report. Out: TE Evan Engram (foot), TE Rhett Ellison (concussion).

Starting O-line is back. Jon Halapio and Mike Remmers were both inactive in Week 10, while Nate Solder left the game early due to a concussion. All three linemen have practiced in full this week and are ready to step back into the starting lineup for a matchup against a tough Bears' front seven.

Return of Sterling Shepard. The Giants have been without one of their top playmakers since the beginning of October, as Shepard suffered his second concussion of the season against the Vikings in Week 5. The fourth-year receiver cleared the concussion protocol on Friday, which means the team will have its full arsenal of wide receivers available for only the second time this season.

Changes at tight end. The absence of Evan Engram and Rhett Ellison leaves Scott Simonson and rookie Kaden Smith as the top two tight ends. Smith was claimed off waivers by the Giants in mid-September, while Simonson re-signed with the team last week after he was released from IR with an injury settlement at the beginning of the season. Both players are set to receive extended action against the Bears.

Saquon looking to get back on track. There is no question that Saquon Barkley is one of the top running backs in the NFL. But in his last outing, Barkley gained just one yard on 13 rush attempts, by far the least effective performance of his career. The reigning Rookie of the Year has a tough matchup this weekend, as the Bears rank 8th in the league with 95.6 rushing yards allowed per game. However, Chicago is coming off a Week 11 loss to the Rams in which Todd Gurley carried the ball 25 times for 97 yards and a touchdown while adding three receptions for 36 yards.

"Bye week happening is always good because we got a little bit of time off, not just physically, but mentally," Barkley told reporters this week. "Obviously, your mind is still on football, but you spend some time with your family… It's time to get back, we've only got six weeks left on the schedule, and try to finish up the season strong."

Daniel Jones closing in on more records. The 22-year-old quarterback broke the franchise's rookie record with his 163rd completion of the season against the Jets in Week 10 and is on the cusp of a few more milestones. Jones is three pass attempts and 192 passing yards away from breaking Charlie Conerly's franchise-leading rookie marks for the two categories set in 1948.

Stopping Khalil Mack and Leonard Floyd. Chicago enters this Week 12 matchup ranking right in the middle of the pack with 25 sacks. But don't let the numbers fool you. This is a very talented pass rush, one that finished 3rd in the NFL in sacks a year ago. Mack and Floyd have combined for 8.5 sacks this season, while the former has racked up four forced fumbles. Limiting the production of these two edge rushers will play a crucial role in the success of the Giants offense this week.

"Those guys are really good players, and they're not the only two that can rush the passer," Offensive Coordinator Mike Shula said about Mack and Floyd. "But yeah, we have to mix our protections. We have to get the ball out. We have to stay out of third and long. As we say, stay ahead of the chains. Stay on schedule. Then whether or not it's having a guy help chip, as we say. But you can't do it every play, and they know that. They're good at that."

Here is a closer look at the starters of the Chicago Bears for Week 12 against the Giants.

Mitchell Trubisky is ready to go. Despite leaving last week's game early with a hip injury, Trubisky has been practicing in full this week. The Bears did not list the young signal-caller on their final injury report, which means Trubisky is good to go for Sunday. Chicago's QB has struggled at times this year, throwing for just 1,580 yards, nine touchdowns, four interceptions and an 82.2 passer rating in eight-plus games. The former-number two overall pick is coming off a Pro Bowl season last year, and despite his inconsistent play, has shown the ability to go off on opposing defenses throughout his career.

"When you turn the tape on, you see a guy that's competing, he's playing hard," Defensive Coordinator James Bettcher said about the Bears' quarterback. "He's not afraid to tuck the ball and scramble. There's certainly a desire to win, a desire to play at a high level. I have a lot of respect for him from that standpoint."

Stats to know. The Bears offense has averaged 182.8 passing yards per game and 5.8 yards per attempt, which rank 30th and 32nd in the league, respectively. The Giants defense is allowing 259.0 passing yards per game, the eight-most in the NFL. The Bears are averaging 262.7 total yards of offense per game, the third-fewest in the league. Daniel Jones leads all rookie quarterbacks with 15 touchdown passes.

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