Giants vs Bears: Live The New York Giants (1-0) welcome the Chicago Bears (0-1) to town on Friday night during Week 2 of the preseason.Marque superstars like Giants running back Saquon Barkley and Bears defensive end Khalil Mack don’t seem like they’re going to play. The good news for Giants fans is that they’ll get another look at first-round draft pick quarterback Daniel Jones after he had an impressive first game last week at MetLife.
The Bears’ coaching staff scripted everything into their preseason game Wednesday night — goal line, red zone and short yardage plays, but also fumbles and interceptions. The defense would sit down, thinking their job was done, and then have to head back onto the field.
“Now, all of a sudden they’ve got to run back out and do an eight-play drive,” head coach Matt Nagy said. “You cannot guarantee that in a preseason game.”For a coach, the unpredictability of a preseason game is maddening. For fans, it’s fun.The Bears got outbid for Ravens kicker Kaare Vedvik on Sunday, when the Vikings agreed to give up a fifth-round pick.
Friday marks the first in-game opportunity the Bears’ kickers have to prove general manager Ryan Pace right for holding off on, at least, that one deal. In the eight days since the preseason opener — in which Eddy Pineiro went 1-for-2 and Elliott Fry 1-for-1 — neither kicker has emerged as the leader for the starting job.
Nagy has been preaching the importance of preseason games the past two weeks, and it’s fair to wonder if he’s merely deflecting from their inconsistent practices. Regardless, it’s clear the Bears aren’t wholly satisfied with their kicking situation.Chicago Bears’ fans, this is everything you need to know about the 2019 preseason opener between the Bears and the New York Giants!
After the Bears held a night time controlled scrimmage on Wednesday at Halas Hall, I doubt we’ll see many of the starters against the Giants. And I’m okay with that. Week one is all that matters right now, so get these guys to the Packers game healthy. The Giants are expected to play
quarterback Eli Manning for a bit, so it will be good for the Bears to see a veteran QB.We saw only single series from the Giants’ top two quarterbacks in the preseason opener. A “meh” three-and-out from starter Eli Manning and a tantalizing 5-for-5 touchdown drive from quarterback of the future Daniel Jones.What will we see Friday night?
First, we should see each of them play more. Coach Pat Shurmur indicated during the week that, while he would like all four quarterbacks on the roster to get into the game, Manning and Jones should play more snaps.Manning could use a productive drive or two after last week’s unsatisfying cameo, if only to slow the roll of the “Jones needs to be the starter now” narrative coming from some corners.
“We want to go out there and get some first downs and move the ball and score some points,” Manning said. “You always want to go out there, perform well, and make good decisions. I think in preseason it’s important for quarterbacks, because things are live now, the rush is live, it’s real, and you’re going to have to throw it in some more awkward situations with your feet not always set and different things. It’s good to get work on that, feel the rush and move it around, and (then) make good decisions with that.”
For Jones, it’s actually the opposite. It would, of course, be great to see him shine again. It would, however, be more interesting in terms of learning about him to see him have some adversity and have to react to it.After an offseason where optimism has been at a premium, the New York Giants got their preseason off to a promising start with a win over their Big Apple rivals.
More importantly, Daniel Jones looked impressive in his first outing in a blue jersey.The Giants’ top pick in this year’s draft played just one series, but completed five out of five passes for 67 yards and a touchdown in a 31-22 win over the New York Jets.
The Giants’ decision to trade up to number six to select the Duke quarterback raised a few eyebrows, particularly as the franchise passed on the chance of selecting a signal-caller in the first round a year ago, when the talent on offer in the position was a lot higher.Jones, however, looked exactly like the player the Giants hoped to draft. Clearly, it would be premature to judge the rookie based on a single series in a preseason game, but there are reasons for Big Blue to be optimistic.
Next up for the Giants is an all-NFC affair against the Chicago Bears, who visit the MetLife Stadium on Friday night.The Bears made the playoffs last season but lost 23-13 at home against the Carolina Panthers last week. Coach Matt Nagy rested most of his starters, with quarterback Mitchell Trubisky on the field for just one series, in which he didn’t throw a pass.
The Bears head coach placed a much bigger emphasis on the quest for a new kicker, with Elliott Fry and Eddy Pineiro battling it out for the role.Fry made a 43-yard field goal and his lone PAT attempt, while Pineiro landed a 23-yard chip shot but missed a 48-yarder.