The New York Giants (0-1) will square off against the Chicago Bears (1-0) at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois on Sunday afternoon in the second game of the season for both teams.
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The New York Giants travel to Chicago to play the Bears in Week 2 on Sep 20. Kickoff is 1 p.m. at Soldier Field.
The Giants and Bears will face each other for the third consecutive season and the second year in a row in Chicago. Last Nov. 24, the Giants led at halftime, 7-3, but allowed 16 unanswered points in the third quarter and lost, 19-14. On Dec. 2, 2018, the Giants earned a 30-27 overtime triumph in MetLife Stadium. Saquon Barkley’s 29-yard run on the first play of overtime set up a game-winning 44-yard field goal. These teams first played each other in 1925, making this the Giants’ oldest active series (the Giants’ first-ever road victory was in Chicago on Dec. 13, 1925).
Although they had moments and plays to build on in a 26-16 season-opening loss to Pittsburgh, the players and coaches were generally dissatisfied with their performance, a perfectly reasonable assessment after a 10-point defeat.
Coach Joe Judge is looking for all three units to perform at a higher level when the Giants play their first road game of the season tomorrow in Chicago against the 1-0 Bears.
“There are a lot of levels of improvement we have to see,” Judge said, “not only this week but throughout the year. We have to grow as a team. We’re still working on really getting our identity and our base set as a program and as a culture. The things I want to see this week, on top of playing together as a team for 60 minutes, which I was pleased with how we did it last week, is I want to see the guys go out there and execute and not set ourselves back with mistakes.”
Several members of the organization who spoke publicly this week vowed to correct mistakes and contribute to a better performance in Chicago. Indeed, that determination was expressed shortly after the game ended Monday night. Saquon Barkley rushed for only six yards on 15 carries and said that performance will not be repeated.
Left guard Will Hernandez: “You’re always motivated by a loss, nobody likes to lose. Not only that, but we’re already motivated as it is. You get something like that that happens, of course, we’re going to come out with even more of a chip on our shoulder. That’s not us, that’s not what we want to do, that’s not what we want to put out there. Of course, it motivated us and we’re more motivated than ever now.”
Tight end Evan Engram: “We had a lot of urgency this week. Being a short week, the schedule was adjusted. I think we did a really good job this week of flying around with urgency and attention to detail, and getting all of our reps in and work in.