It’s atypical for two teams to reach a point desperation in the first half of a season but that is about where the Bears and New York Giants are, for different reasons.
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The Giants at 0-5 have their obvious issues and are on track to cost coach Tom Coughlin his job. The Bears are faced with a three-game losing streak if they fail to win at home for a second straight week.
For all of the particulars, the fact that the Giants have been unable to stanch the giveaway flow trumps all other statistics. They are the NFL’s worst with a minus-13 turnover ratio and while their largesse is unlikely to remain at current levels, until they fix it, it’s still broken.
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“Turnovers are THE determining factor,” coach Marc Trestman said, then repeated for emphasis. “They are the determining factor. When you take care of the football and you win the turnover battle on the defensive side, you’re going to win most of your games. You’re going to be in the playoffs. You’re going to have a chance to compete for championships.
“The team that takes care of the ball the best…If they both do it, through the fourth quarter the game’s going to be close and we’ll be in one of those games.”
The Bears are in fact thinking about championships, the bumbling of the past two weeks notwithstanding. They are simply better equipped to win with a safety-first game plan.
Bears: 23 Giants: 10
Moon’s 2013 mark: 5-0