The New York Giants (3-8) and the Chicago Bears (8-3) are two teams going in opposite directions. Both teams are operating under first-year head coaches (although this is Pat Shurmur’s third time around), but their seasons have not paralleled one another in the least.
There are plenty of concerns for the Giants in this game. Here’s three.
Khalil Mack, that is. He’s the Bears’ new Monster of the Midway. A complete game-wrecking linebacker that is scary enough for the best offenses in the league to contend with, never mind the struggling Giants.
Mack has been slowed by an ankle injury the past few weeks but is nearing 100%. With the Giants employing Nate Solder and Chad Wheeler at tackle, they will be under pressure to a) find Mack and then b) try to stop him. Giant fans know what this is like when teams tried to combat their supernatural force (Lawrence Taylor) back in the day.
The Giants, who are at the top of the league in sacks allowed, will try to stop Mack by chipping him, but that only works when Mack is rushing the passer. He does more than that. He’s excellent and tracking down whoever has the football and for an offense that doesn’t really have an identity, expect Mack to assert his presence on Sunday.