November 2018


LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) -- Chicago Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky was listed as doubtful Friday and likely will miss his second straight game because of a right shoulder injury when the NFC North leaders visit the New York Giants on Sunday. Trubisky

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- - When the New York Giants started playing games in the preseason, it seemed linebacker Olivier Vernon was going to have a monster season in coordinator James Bettcher's new 3-4 defensive scheme. The Giants were 1-4 at that point and things only got worse as New York dropped the next three games heading into its bye. ''You work hard before every season coming up and it's just one little bump in the road, and all I can do right now is just the normal game plan, be out there for my team and make the plays that come to me,'' Vernon said Friday after the Giants (3-8) practiced for Sunday's game against the NFC North-leading Chicago Bears (8-3).

The Chicago Bears did well on Thanksgiving on the road against divisional rival Detroit, with backup quarterback Chase Daniel making his first start since 2014. Daniel will likely have another road test Sunday because starter Mitchell Trubisky is listed as doubtful for the team’s Week 13 matchup against the New York Giants. Sidelined again: Chicago Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky is listed as doubtful for the team’s game against the Giants on Sunday.

New York Giants defensive coordinator James Bettcher had no intention of designing two game plans, even though Chicago Bears starting quarterback Mitchell Trubisky has a shoulder injury. Bettcher is getting the Giants (3-8) ready to face the Bears' offense, and it doesn't matter whether Trubisky is back at the helm Sunday at MetLife Stadium or veteran backup Chase Daniel is running the show again for Chicago (8-3).

New York Giants star Odell Beckham Jr. is over 1,000 receiving yards this season, but he has loftier goals in his sights. Former Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson holds the regular-season record for most receiving yards. He hauled in 122 passes for 1,964 receiving yards and five touchdowns in the 2012-13 season, falling just short of the highly coveted 2,000-yard mark. Beckham's highest total for a season came in his second year, when he recorded 1,450 receiving yards.

Despite being among the NFL's top receivers in catches and yards, Odell Beckham Jr. of the New York Giants isn't satisfied with his season. For the record, Beckham has played in all 11 games this season, catching 74 passes for 1,017 yards and five touchdowns. ''I don't feel like it's quite there,'' Beckham said Thursday of his season after practicing for Sunday home game against the Chicago Bears (8-3).

New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur has faced a lot of questions about his team's quarterback situation, and he is fed up. There has been plenty of pressure to bench 38-year-old Eli Manning to see what their young talent can do. The chances of the Giants making the playoffs are slim, but Shurmur is not looking to hand out starting minutes so easily.

The potential of another Chase Daniel start may have oddsmakers in Las Vegas cautious about the Bears. Chicago is still favored over the 3-8 New York Giants for Week 13, but only by 4.5 points according to Vegas Insider. The Giants have played in plenty of close games this season, with six of their eight losses coming by seven points or fewer.

The Chicago Bears could be without their starting quarterback for a second straight game when they visit the New York Giants on Sunday afternoon. Mitchell Trubisky is dealing with an injury to his throwing shoulder that forced him to miss the Thanksgiving Day win at Detroit and his status is unclear for Chicago, which is riding a five-game winning streak and sits atop the NFC North. Backup Chase Daniel acquitted himself well against the Lions despite the short work week, throwing for 230 yards with two touchdowns and zero interceptions for the Bears (8-3), who haven't lost since a 38-31 defeat to New England on Oct. 21.

Jacksonville running back Leonard Fournette will sit out the Jaguars' Sunday game against the Indianapolis Colts after his appeal of a one-game suspension was denied Wednesday. Carlos Hyde and T.J. Yeldon are expected to shoulder the load in the backfield against the Colts. Fournette was suspended one game following a fight with Buffalo Bills defensive end Shaq Lawson on Sunday.

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