The New York Giants host the Chicago Bears in Week 2 NFL action following a tough loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers to open the season. As 5.5-point underdogs, according to FanDuel Sportsbook, the Giants are expected to fall into an 0-2 hole to start the season.
The Giants will have to pull off an upset if they want to grab their first win, which means they need some key players to step up and perform. With that in mind, here are three bold predictions for the Giants against the Bears.
1. Evan Engram has 5+ Catches and 50 Yards
Evan Engram looked rusty in Week 1 as he caught just 2 of 7 targets for 9 yards despite being on the field for 94 percent of the offensive snaps. He at least 4 passes in all but one of the eight games he played before getting hurt last season, and that Week 1 target number is a sign he should return to that level in 2020. The Bears defense tied for the third-most receptions given up to tight ends last season, with 96, and Engram should get things going in Week 2.
2. The Giants Find Ways to Rattle Mitchell Trubisky
If the Gints want to win this game, they will have to find ways to throw Mitchell Trubisky off his game. In Week 1, Trubisky's 3 touchdowns helped lead the Bears to a huge fourth-quarter comeback. The Giants were able to accumulate 2 sacks in their week 1 loss to the Steelers, and they'll need to get after the QB even more against a Bears offense that had just 19 turnovers last season. Led by solid defensive players like Jabrill Peppers and James Bradberry, look for the Giants to turn up the intensity on defense and focus on making Trubisky beat them in ways he's not used to.
3. Saquon Barkley has 100+ Yards From Scrimmage and a Touchdown
One of the most shocking totals from Week 1 was Barkley's 66 yards from scrimmage, which came mostly on one long catch-and-run out of the backfield. Barkely's 6 rushing yards was the lowest of any starting running back last week, but it wasn't completely his fault. He was met in the backfield many times for a loss of yards by Steelers defenders who had no trouble getting past the offensive line of the Giants. The Giants know that they need Barkley to get touches if they want to win the game and with game film now to watch, they should find ways to adjust and get him the ball in space this week. Don't be surprised if Barkely has one of his patented huge games this weekend as he tries to carry the offense to a win.
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