By Scott Taylor and Dave Petrishen
It’s Thursday Night Football time and we’ll start Week 6 with two teams going off the rails.
It’s the New York Giants against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field in a battle of two teams that have found losing to be quite comfortable.
The Giants are awful. The team is 0-5. They are coming off a 36-21 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. Quarterback Eli Manning has thrown 12 interceptions. They are being booed at home. It’s ugly and while the coach is unhappy with his QB, the fans and upper management are starting to get tired of the coach.
The Bears were good. For awhile. Then it all seemed to fall apart. After starting 3-0, first-year NFL head coach Marc Trestman’s Bears have lost to the Saints and Lions and are now tied for first with Detroit in the NFC North.
Now, while it’s been a difficult couple of weeks for the Bears, it’s been a difficult season for the Giants. This is, after all, a team that’s simply trying not to tie the franchise record for bad starts – 0-9 in 1976. To go with Manning’s 12 interceptions, the Giants have turned the football over eight more times. That’s 20 turnovers in five games. That’s the most by any team in the NFL in 17 years. No wonder the Giants have allowed ore points than any other team.
Listen, Chicago hasn’t been particularly good this season. They’re lucky to be 3-2. They beat Minnesota 31-30 at home only because somebody on the Vikings staff thought prevent defense was a good idea. The Bears will not make the playoffs this season.
But they are a lot better than a Giants outfit that is probably only two losses away from the firing of a head coach.
There is no chance our experts will be fired. The Coach and Dr. Football are having a tremendous season.
Last week Dr. Football went 9-5 (53-24) straight up and 5-9 (35-42) against the spread. The Coach went 9-5 (53-24) straight up and 9-5 (43-34) against the spread.
This week, The Doc writes our brilliant rationalization for tonight’s selection while The Coach gloats.
New York Giants (0-5) at Chicago Bears (3-2) Line: Bears by 7.5
The Giants are one of the worst teams in the NFL, but as of late, the Bears are among the worst as well. After starting the season at 3-0, Chicago has lost two in a row. In that time, the Bears defense has been picked apart. The Giants O-Line has been dreadful, but the Bears have only managed just eight sacks this season, so Peyton’s little brother will get some time in this one. The Giants have only five sacks this year, so I think we might have a shoot-out on our hands. The Coach says: As mediocre as the Bears might be, they’ll blow out this Giants mess.
The Doc: TAKE THE BEARS TO WIN, BUT NOT COVER.
The Coach: TAKE THE BEARS TO WIN AND COVER