Chicago Bears vs. New York Giants: Watch Live Stream Online; Preview
Eli Manning and the New York Giants will face off against the Chicago Bears tonight in NFL preseason action. (Photo: REUTERS / Jeff Haynes)
The Chicago Bears and New York Giants will face off tonight in week three of the preseason. The game will be televised on CBS at 8 p.m. If you can't get to a TV, you can watch a live stream online here.
The Giants are coming off a decisive victory over the rival New York Jets. However, starting running back Ahmad Bradshaw injured his hand in that game, giving rookie David Wilson a chance for more practice reps. He took full advantage, as the New York Daily News reports that he was elevated to the first team on Monday. Wilson, who has a team-high 69 yards on the ground this preseason, will likely play with the first-teamers tonight as well.
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New York is also dealing with injuries at wide receiver and on defense. Starting wideout Hakeem Nicks will miss another game while dealing with a foot injury. Defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul also has been dealing with back spasms and will be held out for precautionary reasons.
Perhaps his back is sore from tossing around Jets' right tackle Wayne Hunter so much last week.
The Pierre-Paul injury should be a relief for the various Bears' offensive linemen, particularly those who are still competing for a starting job. Offensive coordinator Mike Tice has already admitted that tonight's game will likely decide who wins the battles at left tackle and left guard.
Tackle J'Marcus Webb came into training camp will a secure hold on the left tackle job after starting all 16 games at that position last year. But he struggled throughout the season, giving up 12 sacks and six hurries, according to Pro Football Focus.
After another poor performance in the team's preseason opener against the Broncos, Tice re-opened the competition. He gave Chris Williams, who had been backing up at right tackle, some first-team reps on the left side. Tice seemed happier with Webb's performance in the Bears' second preseason game, but the competition still remains close.
At guard, veteran Chris Spencer also struggled in the preseason opener, which paved the way for Chilo Rachal to get playing time with the starters last week against the Redskins.
Even without Pierre-Paul, the Giants' defensive line and linebackers pose a formidable challenge for any offensive line, especially one that has struggled to protect the passer in recent years. If any of these players can hold up well against New York's front four, then that player deserves the starting job.