This Sunday is a game that the New York Giants (4-11) can’t lose no matter the outcome. They travel to Chicago to play the Bears, who traded their 2022 first-round pick to the Giants to get Justin Fields in the 2021 NFL Draft.
If they defeat the Chicago Bears (5-10), it will be their first victory since Week 11 against the Philadelphia Eagles. In that game, quarterback Daniel Jones hurt his neck in the win. Winning also would not negatively affect their draft positioning too much.
ESPN’s Football Power Index (FPI) projects New York to land the No. 5 and No. 7 picks in next year’s draft.
If the Bears lose, their first-round pick could drop back into the top five, ahead of the Giants’ pick. If the Bears win, their pick would likely remain around eight or nine, heading into the season’s final week.
It is possible but unlikely that the Giants can fall to the third pick if the Houston Texans (4-11) and the New York Jets (4-11) both win at least one game before the end of the season and the Giants lose out.
Chicago will be looking to finish the season strong. Like the Giants, they to have had an awful season. As a result, both teams could be in for big changes in the offseason.
Bears Head Coach Matt Nagy might be fired, ending a four-year run that deteriorated after winning the NFC North in his first season. In addition, general manager Ryan Pace has an uncertain future, after seven seasons and zero playoff wins.
For the Giants, GM Dave Gettleman could be fired after four straight losing seasons. Or possibly be forced to retire.
In the end, both teams have the goal of finishing strong.
Who’s Starting at QB
Giants’ Head Coach Joe Judge said both Mike Glennon and Jake Fromm will see playing time in Chicago and that they will also be competing for the starting job in practice, according to Darryl Slater of the Star-Ledger.
Glennon started the first three games after Jones got hurt and did little. As a result, he was benched. Fromm had a brutal first start in the NFL last Sunday against the Eagles. He was 6 of 17 for 25 yards with an interception before being benched in the third quarter.
In Chicago, it is unclear who will be starting at QB. Fields was a limited participant in Wednesday’s practice. Andy Dalton was a full participant, but Nick Foles seems to be the only one not fighting through an injury.
If there are still any Giants fans watching their team’s football games, they can at least go into this game with a somewhat positive attitude. No matter the outcome, it could be a win-win situation for New York.
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