The Bears have thrived on forcing misfortune on others, taking the football away. On Thursday they will play the team currently the worst at holding onto footballs. Way worst.
The New York Giants have lost the ball 13 times on interceptions of Eli Manning (no team has been picked off more than nine times) and seven on fumbles (no team has more than six). Their minus-13 turnover ratio ranks 32nd, one below the Pittsburgh Steelers, another 0-5 team.
That should give comfort and anticipation to the Bears. It doesn’t.
The Bears have lost the turnover ratio in both of their losses. The five total giveaways are the same number as in the first two games (one vs. Cincinnati, four to Minnesota), but the takeaways have fallen from 11 in the first three games to three combined in the two defeats.
“We respect the Giants but we have our own football to take care of,” said coach Marc Trestman. “We’ve got to be concerned on Thursday night with taking care of the football and continue to try and be an aggressive team to try and take it away.
“It’s not so much, our concern isn’t what they’ve been doing, it’s our continuous work to just try to get better and focusing on making sure for those three hours that we understand how important that football is to protect it, and continue to have a sense of urgency to go get it. It’s not really based on what they’ve done or what they’ve been doing, because they are perfectly capable of coming in here and creating turnovers and taking care of the football, just like we are.”