The New York Giants dropped their seventh straight game on Sunday in Chicago against the now 5-6 Bears. The win kept Chicago alive in the NFC Wild Card hunt, although things aren't looking great at the moment with the Minnesota Vikings sitting in the second Wild Card spot at 8-3. The loss drops the Giants to 2-9, and after a 2-2 start, including 2 consecutive wins after rookie Daniel Jones took the reigns, the season is looking like an abject failure. With little to look forward to in the way of a matchup with the surging Green Bay Packers next Sunday, let's take a closer look at this week's loss.
Despite 2 gifts in the form of interceptions from struggling Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky, including one in the Giants end zone, Big Blue was unable to take an eminently winnable game. On their first six possessions, the Giants average starting field position was their own 45 yard line. Two missed field goals, from 42 and 43 yards, and 3 failed drives left the Giants with only 7 first half points. Though they actually led at the half, 7-3, their advantage was not made to last long. By the time the Bears finished reeling off 19 straight points, Trubisky had collected a season high 278 passing yards, going after Giants rookie cornerback Corey Ballentine on a number occasions for nice gains to Allen Robinson and Anthony Miller.
Perhaps the most troubling development for the Giants is the performance of last year's rookie sensation, running back Saquon Barkley. On a number of runs, including an important 2nd half 3rd-and-2, there was simply nowhere for Barkley to go, but the numbers are hard to ignore. While he may still be banged up after missing 3 games to injury earlier this year, over Barkley’s last 3 games he has 86 rushing yards on 44 carries. Adding insult to injury for the Giants on Sunday was former wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. scoring a touchdown in Cleveland. In a season that was meant to be a turnaround from last year's 5-11 performance, the Giants are trending in the wrong direction.