Giants Preparing For Bears’ Receivers

New York Giants, James Bradberry

The 0-1 New York Giants will travel to Chicago to face the 1-0 Bears this Sunday in a matchup that should be a better fit for them than the Steelers were in Week 1.

The Giants played the Bears not too long ago, last year in Week 12, with the Bears winning, 19-14. In that game, the Bears’ wide receivers had big games. Allen Robinson caught six of 10 targets for 131 yards and a touchdown. Anthony Miller added 77 yards on six receptions.

Last week the Giants’ secondary didn’t give up any big plays to the Steelers length-wise, but were soft in some areas. Rookie Darnay Holmes played the slot for the Giants and contained well but allowed five of six passes his way to be completed. This week, he’ll draw Miller, who just might tea this up.

From Pro Football Focus:

Anthony Miller has the third-best matchup of the week, according to the wide receiver/cornerback matchup chart. He played 91% of his snaps in the slot, which lines him up against Darnay Holmes, who had 100% of his snaps in the slot. Holmes allowed five of six passes thrown his way to be caught for 56 yards. Miller led all slot receivers in yards per route run in the slot (3.8) among those with at least 18 slot routes. If there is any week to insert Miller into your starting lineup, this is it.

Giants’ head coach Joe Judge will rely on the tape of last year’s game even though many of the players the Giants will send out to cover the Bears this week weren’t on the team last year.

“I think the biggest thing that helps you from watching last year’s matchup is some of the similar players we have on the roster, and some of the ways they really looked to isolate and attack guys who are still on the roster. Schematically, there are some differences, obviously. You try to look at a lot in terms of coordinators, in terms of the experience you’ve had against them. Whether that’s going back to the Miami days with (Bill) Lazor, whether that’s going back and watching some of Pat’s (Graham) experience in Green Bay against the Bears, or maybe some of the old New England games, some of our defenses, how they attacked it, how they used it. Then offensively, how they attack both our personnel and then also maybe when Jason (Garrett) was at Dallas. You look at everything you can to gather as much knowledge and then try to form how you think they’re going to attack you and have a plan that fits that.”

Defensive coordinator Patrick Graham knows what Robinson is capable of and is wary of what he might do to his newly-formed secondary.

“I think what makes him special is his catch radius,” said Graham. “That’s one of those, I remember when I first heard that, I was like, ‘what in the world does that mean?’ His catch radius is pretty good. I think he’s competitive, he’s really really competitive. Whether it’s at the line of scrimmage or further down the field, getting open and away from defenders. The finish on the ball, he does a great job of tracking the ball and bringing it away from defenders’ hands and always ending up with the ball. Of course, when you have go-to guy like that, and obviously he’s a heavy target for the quarterback in terms of going to him. We have to adjust, whether it’s a matchup thing or just an awareness in coverage. You always have to adjust for those great players. Any time it’s a great player, I don’t know when you wouldn’t adjust or have some awareness of those guys. Sometimes the plan works out, sometimes it doesn’t. Any time you have a good player, one of those great players, you have to do something to adjust to it. Hopefully the plan works out.”



Giants-Bears: Top Fantasy Plays for Week 12

New York Giants, Sterling Shepard

The 2-8 New York Giants travel to Soldier Field to face the 4-6 Chicago Bears on Sunday in a matchup between two offenses that have been less than fantasy football friendly.

Here’s a quick and dirty breakdown of the fantasy options in this ballgame.

Weather: The forecast calls for a sunny afternoon in the mid 40’s which is like a summer day this time of year in the windy city. Wind will be WSW at approximately 12 MPH.

Injuries: The Giants will be without their two top tight ends – Evan Engram (foot) and Rhett Ellison (concussion). TE Adam Shaheen (foot) is out for Chicago.


QB: The Bears have been allowing just 12.4 fantasy points to quarterbacks while the Giants have surrendered an average of 19.7. Daniel Jones will start again for the Giants and his turnover problems probably won’t be solved this week. The Bears are 12th in the NFL in takeaways with 14 (7 INT, 7 fumbles) and the Giants are second in giveaways with 24 (14 fumbles). The Bears are 10th in the NFL against the pass. The Giants are 25th. Mitchell Trubisky (hip) practiced in full this week, so he’s likely to start. Advice: Jones is punt play this week at best. No one should be playing Trubisky in any format as he has been erratic all season.

RB: The Bears are 8th against the run and the Giants are 25th but both teams have allowed an average of 19.7 fantasy point per week to running backs.  Chicago rookie David Montgomery could be in for a nice day as well as Tarik Cohen, the changeup back. If you want to put your trust back into Saquon Barkley, good luck to you. He claims he’s close to 100% after the high ankle sprain earlier this season but we have yet to see the old Saquon since he returned from the injury. Advice: Play at your own peril.

WR: The Giants’ defense penchant for permitting big gains in the passing game is well documented. They lead the league with 12 plays of over 40 yards. Even with Trubisky under center, the Bears receiving corp looks like a play here. If you have Allen Robinson, Taylor Gabriel or Anthony Miller in season-long leagues, you should consider playing them. Chicago is 10th against the pass but they’ll have to deal with the Giants’ explosive rookie, Darius Slayton and veteran Golden Tate. They will be joined by Sterling Shepard, who is returning after five weeks in the concussion protocol. Advice: All six are season-long plays. DFS not so much.

TE: With Engram and Ellison out, the Giants will be roughing it with journeyman Scott Simonson and rookie Kaden Smith. The Bears will not have Shaheen and Trey Burton is on IR. Advice: Look elsewhere for a TE.

Defense: The Bears are in a good spot here to get some sacks and turnovers. The Giants will benefit from playing against a struggling offense but if you need to play them, keep in mind they’ve allowed 30 or more points in six of their ten games and over 27 in nine games.