Bears-Giants: Three things to watch

Bears-Giants: Three things to watch
October 10, 2013, 12:00 pm
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How does the defensive line play:

Julius needs some "pep" in his step. Peppers needs to be an impact player starting tonight against the Giants. With all the injuries to the defensive line, somebody has to be a playmaker and why not the guy with the biggest salary in the group. His job is now harder with Henry Melton and Nate Collins gone because he will get even more attention from opposing offenses. Shea McClellin has to look like a former first-round draft pick. Like Peppers, he has to shine, not just be on the field.  Now David Bass, Landon Cohen and Zach Minter must hold down the fort. Nobody expects them to be playmakers, they just can't get dominated.

Alshon versus Brandon:

Which guy is the Giants defense going to focus on? With Jeffery emerging as a legitimate NFL wideout, teams are going to have to pick their poison when it comes to defending the Bears duo. Double teaming Marshall may not be so easy to do without Jeffery, Martellus Bennett and Matt Forte doing equal damage in the passing game.

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Offensive line:

The Giants play a similar scheme as the Bears so it's unlikely the Bears will see the same type of blitz looks they saw against the Saints. Plus, in a short week, New York has so many problems they won't be adding any new wrinkles considering they haven't mastered the basics. The Bears offensive line needs to play the way it did in the first four games.