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(Too) Bold Predictions: Huge day for defense, Montgomery

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Too Bold Predictions aims to take nuanced, well-researched information and use it to make wildly improbable predictions. Analysis! 

J.J. Stankevitz

1. The Bears’ defense forces four turnovers. The Giants’ offensive line is a mess and Robert Quinn looks more likely than not to make his 2020 debut on Sunday. Oh, and Daniel Jones fumbled 18 times – 18! – last season. This feels rips for a Khalil Mack strip-sack, interceptions by Kyle Fuller and Eddie Jackson, and for good measure? How about Akiem Hicks ripping the ball out of Saquon Barkley’s hands, as the Giants’ running back tries to do too much after a 15-carry, six-yard showing on Monday Night Football.

2. Allen Robinson has seven catches for 110 yards and two touchdowns. Robinson said Wednesday he can compartmentalize his frustrations over his lack of a contract extension and now allow them to affect his play on Sundays. And I believe him – he’s a true professional. But what better way to remind everyone of your value to the organization than by torching New York’s secondary? If the Bears can get Robinson lined up against second-year corner Corey Ballentine a lot on Sunday’s he’s going to go off. And I think he will. 

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Cam Ellis

 

1. The Bears sack Daniel Jones five different times. The Bears pass rush was fairly non-existent last Sunday in Detroit, which, in a vacuum, is a bit concerning. There's good news though: like JJ mentioned, Robert Quinn is probably back. Ryan Pace gave Quinn the biggest edge rushing contract of the offseason for a reason, and they'll finally get their first look at the starting 11 they envisioned all through camp. But it gets better! The Giants' offensive line had one of the worst performances in football last week. And when I say "one of the worst" what I actually mean is the literal worst: 

Things may get ugly on Sunday. 

2. David Montgomery sets a career high in rushing yards.  Montgomery's best game came against the Chargers last year, when he ran for 135 yards on 27 carries and a touchdown. The new-and-improved Juan Castillo Run Experience was a rousing success in Week 1, with Montgomery leading the way: 

The Giants defense is also not good (there's a theme here) and playing on a short week, which certainly seems like the recipe for a lot of early runs from Montgomery, Tarik Cohen, and Cordarrelle Patterson. Montgomery takes advantage and gets only the third 100-yard performance of his career.