The New York Giants are coming off their first loss of the season on Monday Night Football to the Dallas Cowboys. During the game, they took a much bigger hit than just in the standings. They will now be without wideout Sterling Shepard for the remainder of the season after tearing his ACL. This will make life for quarterback Daniel Jones a little harder now as Shepard was one of the better receivers on the team. Now, they welcome the Chicago Bears with a hungry defense and a great running game as well. I breakdown the three keys for the Giants to bounce back and come out on top to start their season 3-1 since 2011.
1. Give Daniel Jones protection
This is a no-brainer. The offensive line needs to give Daniel Jones time to throw the football. Some blamed him for the loss last week against Dallas but it really was not his fault. If they want any hope of winning this game with players like Roquan Smith and Robert Quinn on the defensive side of the ball for Chicago, blocking for Jones will be key. You can’t be having him running for his life. If the Giants fix that and players like rookie Evan Neal play better than he did a week ago, the Giants can win this game.
2. Feed Saquon Barkley
While it has only been three weeks, but running back Saquon Barkley is looking like his old self, which is a welcome sight for the Giants. He currently has 317 rushing yards and is averaging six yards a carry. After a very disappointing season last season and an injury shortened season in 2020, Barkley is proving doubters wrong thus far. It will definitely be a challenge going up against a pretty good Chicago defense but if you feed Barkley the football early and often, he should be in for another good game and it will take the pressure off Daniel Jones.
3. Slow down Khalil Herbert
Bears running back Khalil Herbert has been a welcoming sight for a Bears offense that has been anemic to say the least but, Khalil Herbert has been perhaps one of the Bears best players on offense thus far. He has averaged nearly 7.4 yards per carry and has scored three touchdowns already this season. The Giants have shown three games in, that they have had a hard time stopping the run and the Bears will for sure want to keep feeding the ball to Herbert.