Thursday, October 10, 2013
Top things to know: Giants at Bears
By ESPN Stats & Information
Elsa/Getty ImagesWeek Six of the NFL season begins tonight as the New York Giants take on the Chicago Bears from Soldier Field.
Eli Manning has already thrown 12 INT this season, three fewer than he had all of 2012.
Through five weeks, every NFC East team has a losing record and the division is a combined 5-14, worst in the NFL.
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, this is the only time an entire division has been under .500 through five weeks since the merger in 1970.
Let’s take a look at some storylines for this game.
1. The Giants are 0-5 for the first time since 1987. The only time the Giants lost their first six games of a season was in 1976, when they opened 0-9.
One reason for the Giants rough start has been their defense. They are the second team in NFL history along with the 1954 Chicago Cardinals to allow MORE than 30 points in their first five games of a season. No team has ever allowed MORE than 30 points in each of its first 6 games.
2. Through five games, Eli Manning has been sacked 15 times and has thrown 12 interceptions. He’s already approaching his 2012 season totals in both categories (19 sacks and 15 interceptions).
In addition, his QBR (34.2) is less than half of what it was in 2012 (68.9).
Of the league-high 20 turnovers the Giants have this season, Manning has been responsible for 14, tied for the second most by a player through five games since realignment in 2002.
With two turnovers tonight, he’ll tie Daunte Culpepper in 2002 for the most turnovers through six games.
Manning is one of three starting quarterbacks this season completing under half of his attempts thrown at or behind the line of scrimmage. Both of the other quarterbacks (Brandon Weeden and Josh Freeman) were removed from their starting jobs.
3. Jay Cutler has been sacked three times in each of the last two games (both losses) after being sacked a total of three times in the Bears' 3-0 start.
In addition, he has thrown for 300 yards in back-to-back games for the first time since 2009. He’s never thrown for 300 yards in three straight games. Cutler has also thrown a TD pass in 11 straight games, tying a career high.
4. Brandon Marshall expressed frustration with the Bears offense after their Week 5 loss. He was targeted five times last week after averaging more than 10 targets in his first four games.
Marshall leads the Bears with 46 targets this season, but has just one more than the next highest receiver (Alshon Jeffery, 45).
Marshall finished with 131 more targets than the next highest Bear last season.
The Giants are last in the NFL in rushing at 56.8 YPG. They’ve rushed for under 100 yards in all five games this season.
The Bears have lost two straight following a 3-0 start. They’re 3-4 in their last seven home games since starting 2012 4-0 at home.
Despite forcing no turnovers last week, the Bears still lead the NFL with 58 takeaways since the start of 2012. Last week snapped Chicago’s streak of six straight games with at least three takeaways, the longest in the NFL since the Bills from 2004-05.
The Bears have lost four straight home games against the Giants since beating New York at Soldier Field in 1991.