Closing time can be expected for miserable Giants offense vs. Bears in snow-covered Chicago – The Mercury News

The Giants could be shut out Sunday.

The Chicago Bears (5-10) are not a good team, but that is beyond the point.

The Giants start newly benched Mike Glennon as quarterback, with Matt Skura at the center and Kenny Golladay as the leader of a skeleton team as the receiver.

Saquon Barkley is a shell by itself, and Chicago forecasts show a high temperature of 26 degrees, gusts of up to 18 miles per hour and morning snow showers of maybe six inches already on the ground.

The Giants (4-11) have scored four offensive touchdowns in the last four games. Three of them came in the final five minutes of the fourth quarter in blowout losses against a hanging defense.

Bears’ Matt Nagy is expected to be fired at the end of the season, but that does not mean his defense does not have another Soldier Field shutout in him to send him to the right.

“When it was two games left, I even said to some of the guys, ‘Let’s just go out there and put good things on tape,'” Golladay said this week. “I think that’s all you can really ask for right now. At least I know that’s what I’m trying to do.”

However, trying and doing are two different things for the Giants offense that they learned in last week’s painful 34-10 loss in Philadelphia.

Jake Fromm is not starting this week. That’s the good news. But the bad news is that Golladay, the expensive free agent, does not have a single touchdown this season.

Kadarius Toney in the first round hurts another body part almost every time he steps on the field and has not scored either. He’s out with a shoulder.

Even when play-caller Freddie Kitchens calls for simple, basic calls, the run is stopped briefly, the passes are out of goal, or they are dropped, or the offensive line falls in. The delivery games are downright grotesque.

“We’re trying to enable guys to play,” Kitchens said this week. “Their job is to make plays. Our job is to enable them to make plays. Everyone involved can do a better job of that.”

The Giants have not been shut out since Eli Manning was their quarterback. They lost 17-0 to the Tennessee Titans in the heavy rain at MetLife Stadium on December 16, 2018 in Pat Shurmur’s first season as head coach.

Glennon was so bad with 0-3 starting after Daniel Jones’ neck injury that Joe Judge put him on the bench for Fromm. Fromm immediately threw in 25 yards before being benched for Glennon in last week’s third quarter at Philly.

Now the Giants must face a Bears defense led by Robert Quinn, who ranks second in the NFL with 17 sacks.

Chicago defensive tackle Akiem Hicks should party if he is active. Safeties Tashaun Gipson and Eddie Jackson strike a blow in the back. And this could be a revenge game for Bears linebacker Alec Ogletree, though it’s unclear who would be looking for more revenge, Ogletree or the Giants.

The Giants at least hope they can harness some personal revenge energy from Glennon, 32, who was once despised by the Bears.

Chicago GM Ryan Pace signed Glennon in the 2017 offseason to a three-year, $ 45 million contract with $ 18.5 million in free agency, apparently to be their starting QB.

But then Pace switched up to draft Mitchell Trubisky No. 2 overall later that spring, and Glennon played only four games for the Bears, going 1-3. It would start a stretch playing for five teams in five years: the Bears, Cardinals, Raiders, Jaguars and Giants.

Barkley is also returning to the scene for his torn right ACL from Week 2 last season, but the Giants’ running back said he had no extra motivation because Soldier Field is the crime scene.

“No, I do not think like, ‘I hate the field,’ Barkley said this week. ‘I’m excited I’m healthy enough to be able to go out there and be able to play another game. You never know. , when these opportunities will be taken away from you. ”

Still, Barkley knows the deal: this offensive line is so thin that the Giants are holding a training session next Tuesday to possibly sign some reinforcements for their season finale at home against Washington next Sunday.

Take the three garbage time touchdowns, and the Giants offensive has scored 25 overall points in the last four weeks. In all, they were held to nine in Miami, six at home by Dallas and 10 in Philly.

At the very least, GM Dave Gettleman is on the way out, and Jones is expected to recover, and that development should help the big picture.

But that does not help the Giants’ offensive score on Sunday.

Honestly, it’s unclear what will.


The Giants activated S Julian Love from the COVID list to play in his home state and also activated several players from the training team in standard COVID replacement heights: WR / CB Alex Bachman, WR Pharoh Cooper, WR David Sills, OT Derrick Kelly, DT David Moa and DT Woodrow Hamilton.

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