New York Giants: charles tillman

CHICAGO -- No real surprises on the New York Giants' list of inactives for Thursday night's game against the Bears. Six of the seven were announced as out Wednesday, and the seventh is No. 3 quarterback Ryan Nassib.

That means defensive end Damontre Moore, who was listed as doubtful with a hamstring injury, is active, as are defensive tackle Linval Joseph and tight end Brandon Myers, who were questionable. It remains to be seen how much those players will play, since the team has to have 46 active players and a week on which so many guys are injured may require a team to keep some active who aren't fully healthy.

The Giants also announced changes to the starting lineup. Newly acquired linebacker Jon Beason, who came over in a trade with the Carolina Panthers six days ago, is the starting middle linebacker. And veteran Terrell Thomas is starting at outside cornerback in place of the injured Corey Webster, which is an interesting decision for a number of reasons. Thomas didn't get a single defensive snap in Sunday's loss to the Eagles, and he said he though it was due to an effort to rest his surgically repaired knee for this game. Turns out he was right. The undersized Trumaine McBride got the start Sunday against the Eagles, but the bigger Thomas gets the nod tonight as the Giants look to match up against big, physical Bears receivers Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery.

On the other side, Bears cornerback Charles Tillman is inactive, which could help Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks win his physical matchups in the secondary.

Big Blue Morning: Giants' last stand?

October, 10, 2013

Your daily morning check-in on news and notes about the New York Giants:

The news of the day: The Giants play the Chicago Bears on Thursday night at Soldier Field in Chicago, still looking for their first win of the season. They will be playing shorthanded, as starting running back David Wilson, starting cornerback Corey Webster and four others already have been ruled out. It would be a complete shock to, I think, almost everyone if the Giants won. Which does not rule it out, of course, but they would have to play considerably better than they have played in any of their first five games to even have a chance. We beat the Giants up a bit Wednesday on NFL Insiders, but the truth is that things are as bad around this team as they have been in a long time, and Thursday night's game against the turnover-hungry Bears is poorly timed.

Behind enemy lines: The one thing about short weeks is that they are short for both teams, and the Bears could be minus a couple of key pieces on defense for this one as well. Cornerback Charles Tillman and linebacker Lance Briggs are among the game-time decisions, and the Bears are very banged up at defensive tackle -- something the Giants could exploit if they had any sort of a running game.

Around the division: The big game in the NFC East this weekend is the Sunday night game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Washington Redskins in Dallas. I believe the Cowboys are the best team in the division, by a fair amount, and that two of their three losses were excusable ones to undefeated teams. But I also think the fact that they have a 2-3 record and not 3-2 or 4-1 leaves the Redskins an opportunity to get their act together and make a run at them. And Robert Griffin III, who toyed with the Cowboys in two key late-season games last year, says he is rejuvenated from his bye week and ready to go. So we'll see.

Around the league: We always do predictions before the season. Last year, I predicted a Packers-Ravens Super Bowl and was half right, and at least the other team in my prediction was a division winner that made a respectable showing. This year, I picked the Atlanta Falcons and the Houston Texans to play in the Super Bowl. As you can see here and also here, that one's not looking quite so good at the present time. Oh well ...