Winner Gets Pizza-Related Bragging Rights: Bears vs. Giants – November 24, 2019

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Winner Gets Pizza-Related Bragging Rights: Bears vs. Giants – November 24, 2019

Chicago Bears

With the Bears and Giants on the outside looking in at the playoff picture, two proud franchises representing a pair of America’s greatest cities have to find something to battle over in Week 12’s showdown at Soldier Field.

And because we already know Chicago-style hot dogs (which aren’t sandwiches, mind you) are superior to the New York dog (because who puts sauerkraut on a dog? Keep it!), the winner of Sunday’s matchup determines who gets bragging rights for the rest of the calendar year over whose pizza reigns supreme.

So while I have my biases, I have a lot of respect for New York style pizza. It’s just that the variety Chicago has to offer (deep dish, pan, tavern cut, etc.) makes it better. But since none of us will ever agree on this, we’ll just let these teams decide. Deal?

Never Tell Me The Odds:

The Westgate SuperBook in Las Vegas lists the Bears as 6-point favorites against the Giants with an over/under set at 40.5. The “under” has come in for seven of the Bears’ 10 games, including each of the last four. That is probably your play if you feel the need to place a wager on this one.

Series History:

The Bears lead the all-time season series 28-21-2, which is nice enough for a .569 winning percentage. Chicago is also 5-3 against its New York counterparts in head-to-head postseason matchups. Take that, you thin-crust-eating hooligans!

Game Time, Broadcast Info, Officiating Crew:

Location: Soldier Field

Broadcast Info: Sunday, November 24 at noon CT on FOX-TV (Thom Brennaman, Chris Spielman, Shannon Spake), WBBM-AM 780 and WCFS-FM 105.9 (Jeff Joniak, Tom Thayer, Mark Grote)

Referee: Shawn Hochuli

Expected Starters and Lineups:

Bears Offense Expected Starters:

  • QB Mitch Trubisky
  • RB David Montgomery
  • WR Allen Robinson II
  • WR Taylor Gabriel
  • WR Anthony Miller
  • TE Ben Braunecker
  • LT Charles Leno Jr.
  • LG James Daniels
  • C Cody Whitehair
  • RG Rashaad Coward
  • RT Bobby Massie

Bears Defense Expected Starters:

  • DT Roy Robertson Harris
  • NT Eddie Goldman
  • OLB Khalil Mack
  • ILB Nick Kwiatkoski
  • ILB Roquan Smith
  • OLB Leonard Floyd
  • CB Kyle Fuller
  • CB Prince Amukamara
  • CB Buster Skrine
  • S Eddie Jackson
  • S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix

Bears Specialists: 

  • Eddy Piñeiro (kicker), Pat O’Donnell (punter, holder), Patrick Scales (long snapper), Cordarrelle Patterson (kick returner), Tarik Cohen (punt returner)

Giants Offense Expected Starters:

  • QB Daniel Jones
  • RB Saquon Barkley
  • WR Golden Tate
  • WR Darius Slayton
  • WR Sterling Shepard
  • TE Scott Simonson
  • LT Nate Solder
  • LG Will Hernandez
  • C Jon Halapio
  • RG Kevin Zeitler
  • RT Mike Remmers

Giants Defense Expected Starters:

  • LDE Dexter Lawrence
  • NT Dalvin Tomlinson
  • RDE B.J. Hill
  • WLB Markus Golden
  • LILB Alec Ogeltree
  • RILB David Mayo
  • SLB Lorenzo Carter
  • LCB DeAndre Baker
  • RCB Janoris Jenkins
  • FS Antoine Bethea
  • SS Jabrill Peppers

Giants Specialists:

  • Aldrick Rosas (kicker), Riley Dixon (punter, holder), Zak DeOssie (long  snapper), Jabrill Peppers (kick, punt returns)

Keep An Eye On …

Bears Offense: Mitch Trubisky has been given a green light to play on Sunday, but I still have questions about his status. How healthy is he? Will the Bears know if his hip injury stiffens up? How could that injury impact things such as the  game-plan or Trubisky’s improvisational ability? There are more questions than answers, but the only way to find clarity is to watch Trubisky play through whatever kept him out of the end of the game last week.

Bears Defense: Eddie Jackson stripped Todd Gurley II last week and broke a lengthy drought in which he went without a turnover. So if once is good, then twice must be better. Let’s see if Jackson can pick off Daniel Jones, the rookie quarterback who threw eight interceptions in a six-game span before torching the Jets in Week 10.

Giants Offense: Saquon Barkley is a man on a mission and has taken a vow to get back to the player he was last year. No, seriously:

GULP.

Giants Defense: Jabrill Peppers was one of my favorite draft-eligible players in 2017. He was a jack-of-many trades for Michigan’s defense, playing a variety of different spots on the field. More than that, Peppers was a game-changing play-maker. Peppers has yet to live up to his potential, and my hope is that he waits until next week to channel all that upside and potential.



Author: Luis Medina

Luis Medina is a Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at@lcm1986.