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5 reasons Giants could defeat Bears in Week 12

The New York Giants are coming off their bye week and will face a 4-6 Chicago Bears team that suffered a sinking defeat last Sunday night against the Los Angeles Rams.

After capturing the NFC North title in 2018, things have not gone as expected for Matt Nagy, Mitch Trubisky and the Bears this season. While the Bears playoff hopes look bleak, the Giants have not won a game since the end of September as they currently ride a six-game losing streak.

Something has to give in this matchup and although the Giants have had their struggles, the Bear are a mess right now and Big Blue has a chance to officially put their season to bed with a win.

Here are five reasons why the Giants could come out on top in week 12.

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Coaching adjustments

If the Giants want to turn their season around, it starts with the coaching staff. Pat Shurmur’s offense has regressed big time in 2019 ranking 23rd in the league scoring only 20.3 points and 322 total yards per game. The offense has seen a major scoring drop off from the 27.7 ppg in the final eight contests of 2018.

Shurmur’s tenure as head coach of the Giants has not started off as planned, going 7-19 in a little under two seasons thus far. If Shurmur hopes to flip the script, he will have had to make the necessary adjustments during the bye week to put his offense in the best position to succeed.

While the Giants have shown the ability to move the ball up-and-down the field, they have struggled in the red zone (14-27, 51%) and on third down conversions (40%). The offense needs to find some consistency and finish drives in the red zone. If Shurmur developed some creative plays designs in Big Blue’s time off, we could see a different offense coming out of the bye.

With the Giants struggles in pass protection this season (13.1 pressures per game, 34 sacks, 81 hits allowed), the team will hopefully be well prepared for the Bears defense, specifically Khalil Mack and Roquan Smith. If they want to keep Jones clean this week, Shurmur will opt to have a tight end/running back chip the edges on passing downs, as well as utilize Wayne Gallman in these situations, as Barkley has struggled. If the tight ends and running backs chip, this could open the door for some delayed routes resulting in a free option in open space.

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