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Week 13 Game Recap: Chicago Bears 27, New York Giants 30

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Chicago Bears

The Bears were plagued with turnovers in this game as they struggled to find consistency from drive to drive as they had 9 of their 15 drives end with either a three and out or a turnover. The passing game was a two-man game this week as 23 of the team's 39 targets went to Tarik Cohen or Allen Robinson. The game plan was to get Tarik Cohen the ball out of the backfield and out of the slot this week and let him utilize his speed. This was a very similar game plan last week with Daniel as the goal was to get the ball out of his hands quickly if his initial read was not there. The rushing attack for the Bears showed some life as the offensive line created holes for both Jordan Howard and Tarik Cohen to run through. The Bears also utilized Akiem Hicks as a fullback for a rushing touchdown in this one.

New York Giants

- The Giants rushing attack has improved dramatically since the beginning of the season and a lot of credit has to go to the offensive line. Barkley has been incredible too but the line has definitely opened up more holes and improved their blocking as a unit.

- The pass blocking and Manning remains a concern however. Manning looked rushed and took a few bad sacks that hurt the Giants.

- The passing game had a general down week but some of this was due to the success with Barkley on the ground as the Giants maintained a solid lead for most of the second half.

Chicago Bears

QB Chase Daniel, 82 offensive snaps, Pass: 26 - 39 - 285 - 1 TD / 2 INT, Rush: 4 - 4 - 0
This game was very similar to the Detroit game and what we can largely expect every time Chase Daniel is in the game. He's a limited quarterback who is going to get the ball out of his hands quickly which is exactly what they did this week. Daniel would look at Allen Robinson and if it did not look like Robinson would get open he would check it down to Tarik Cohen. This ultimately led to both of his interceptions as he quickly looked to check down and did not see Alec Ogletree both times which caused two interceptions for the Giants. Daniel did throw a passing touchdown to tight end Adam Shaheen on a beautifully executed play action play.

RB Tarik Cohen, 42 offensive snaps, Pass: 1 - 1 - 1 - 1 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 8 - 30 - 0, Rec: 12 - 156 - 0 (14 targets)
The Bears exploited the Giants linebacking group which has struggled mightily in covering running backs out of the backfield this season. Whether it was Landon Collins or Grant Haley, the Giants did not have an answer for Cohen out of the backfield as he was often the second look for Chase Daniel and he was seemingly open on every play. Cohen showed his ball skill ability on a 46-yard wheel route in which the ball was under-thrown but Cohen was able to come back to it and make a tremendous catch. The wheel route was the play of the day for Cohen as he was able to burn Grant Haley for 32 yards, and then on 4th down on the final drive of the day was able to run past Landon Collins again for a 23-yard completion that set up the tie. Cohen showed off his arm at the end of the game on a reverse wide receiver pass where Cohen was lined up out of the slot and Cohen threw the ball for one-yard for the touchdown to Anthony Miller.

RB Jordan Howard, 34 offensive snaps, Rush: 16 - 76 - 0, Rec: 1 - 4 - 0 (1 targets)
The Bears went with some unique blocking schemes to get their run game going this week. This included a play in the first quarter in which left tackle Charles Leno pulled to the right sealed the edge as Jordan Howard ran off tackle following Leno for a 22-yard gain. The offensive line played very well in this game giving Howard room to run which he is not going to create his own lanes or make defenders miss so it is critical that the offensive line plays to their ability to get the running game going as the Bears head into the playoffs.

WR Allen Robinson, 70 offensive snaps, Rec: 5 - 79 - 0 (9 targets)
Robinson had to work hard for his 79 yards this week as B.W. Webb had Robinson contained for a large majority of this game. Robinson's key catch in this game was a 30-yard reception on a deep fade route in which the ball was thrown on the inside of B.W. Webb so Robinson had to go up and catch the ball on Webb's helmet. Robinson was the first read almost every play for the Bears this week as he is most weeks, but the Giants did a good job containing him, for the most part, this week.

WR Taylor Gabriel, 75 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 17 - 0 (7 targets)
This was largely a game that Taylor Gabriel wanted to forget. Gabriel was largely a non-factor and when he was a factor it was due to a late fumble in the fourth quarter that ultimately allowed the Giants to kick a field goal to make the game a 10 point game with just 2 minutes left. Gabriel was targeted 7 times in this game but wasn't able to get on the same page with Daniel in this game.

TE Trey Burton, 67 offensive snaps (1 targets)
Burton once again was a non-factor for the Bears this week as he saw just one target. He still was on the field for 82% of the plays, but this week Chase Daniel was not looking past his third read and at this point, Burton is not a primary receiver in this offense.

New York Giants

QB Eli Manning, 72 offensive snaps, Pass: 19 - 35 - 170 - 1 TD / 1 INT
Eli Manning wasn't very productive on Sunday against the Bears and struggled throughout to keep the Giants in this game despite a lot of help from his defense and running game. Manning started off the game with a questionable decision to fire a pass deep to Beckham who was double covered. The defense doubled Beckham a lot and the Giants passing game struggled to move the ball when he wasn't involved regularly. Manning had a poor interception, throwing to a spot on an in breaking pattern but the defensive back read the play and stepped in front to pick it off. A lot of balls were batted down at the line or incomplete due to tight coverage, the bears secondary played very well.

Manning was almost picked off again on a deep crossing middle route as the defender undercut it but they couldn't quite catch it. The Giants got a pass interference call on a high endzone pass to Beckham which set them up well for a touchdown. Manning faced a heavy rush on a 4th down redzone call but saw Beckham unravel and became wide open as he heaved a high pass in the direction for the easy score. The Giants had the lead at this point and decided to rely heavily on Barkley/ the running game to try and close out the game. Manning really struggled to close this game out with penalties/sacks but the Giants found a way eventually.

RB Saquon Barkley, 57 offensive snaps, Rush: 24 - 125 - 0, Rec: 3 - 21 - 0 (4 targets)
Saquon Barkley had a very strong performance on Sunday and has really brought reliability this Giants rushing attack. Barkley kept the Giants moving forward throughout, picked up key first downs and provided a lot of relief to his quarterback who wasn't having the strongest performances himself. Barkley was more involved in the ground game and less in the passing game this week, which was helped by the fact that the Giants held the lead for most of the second half against the Bears. His offensive line was playing very well in terms of run blocking and they have picked it up in recent weeks as the line has improved as a unit. Barkley got several toss/short pitch balls on the ground and he executed these very well. He was a very patient runner, allowing his blocks to be set up before powering through the gap in the defense. Barkley chose the correct gap, hit it at right moment and then allowed his talent to take over for the biggest possible gain. His agility and strength is evident, allowing him to weave between defenders but also delivering tough stiff arms when required to get an extra yard. Barkley was unfortunate not to get into the endzone as the Giants tried him several times in goal situations but the Bears defense stiffened up. Regardless, he was a constant positive for the Giants and is a challenge to bring down on every down where he gets the ball.

WR Sterling Shepard, 58 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 28 - 0 (6 targets)
Sterling Shepard was quiet in this game as the Giants struggled to pass the ball effectively and relied heavily on the running game. Shepard got several first downs with short routes like slants/in/out over the middle to keep the chains moving but there wasn't a lot of targets going his direction. Shepard did have an incredible chance to score a long touchdown in overtime. Manning floated a deep pass into the endzone and Shepard dove for it but just couldn't quite secure the ball as he went to the ground. This was his biggest chance to score on Sunday and he really didn't contribute much else.

WR Odell Beckham, 66 offensive snaps, Pass: 1 - 1 - 49 - 1 TD / 0 INT, Rec: 3 - 35 - 1 (9 targets)
Odell Beckham was targetted a decent amount in this game but only managed three catches for a modest recieving total. Manning was forcing the ball into Beckham's direction a lot but these passes were ill-advised on many occasions as the Bears frequently double covered the star reciever. Beckham was bumped at the line often and struggled to get involved down the field. Luckily, for the Giants and fantasy owners he found another way to get involved.

Beckham got his hands on the ball from a reverse, then bought some time before heaving a deep pass to a wide open player for the easy touchdown that was very well executed. Beckham clearly has enough arm for this trick play to surface every now and again as he effortlessly threw it 50+ yards. He was wide open himself on 4th down in the redzone, unravelling after a few seconds into his route while catching a lofty ball but Beckham was alone so it was easily caught.

WR Russell Shepard, 7 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 59 - 1 (2 targets)
Shepard was the leading reciever for the Giants on Sunday but this was a bit of a flukey game for him. He was wide open on Beckham's deep pass attempt and easily caught the big touchdown play, which was amazing to watch but he barely did anything else in the game. He is not fantasy relevant in this offen