Bears quarterback Justin Fields runs for first down against the...

Bears quarterback Justin Fields runs for first down against the Texans during the first half of an NFL game on Sept. 25 in Chicago. Credit: AP/Charles Rex Arbogast

BEARS (2-1) AT GIANTS (2-1) METLIFE STADIUM, 1 p.m.

VITALS

Line: Giants by 3; O/U 39 1/2

TV/Radio: Fox (Joe Davis, Daryl Johnston) / WFAN-660 AM; SiriusXM 83 or 228 and SXM App

NOTABLE INJURIES

Giants: Out: WR Kadarius Toney (hamstring), WR Wan’Dale Robinson (knee), DL Leonard Williams (knee), CB Cor’Dale Flott (calf). 

Bears: Out: RB David Montgomery (ankle/knee); Questionable: DE Robert Quinn (illness), K Cairo Santos (personal). 

BEARING DOWN ON 'D'

Through three weeks this season the Bears have averaged just 15 pass attempts per game. To put that low number in perspective, when Chicago came to the icy Polo Grounds to face the Giants in the 1934 NFL Championship that became known as the "Sneakers Game", they threw… yep, 15 passes.

That may seem like a unique run-heavy approach in a pass-happy NFL where teams will sometimes equal Chicago’s season-long total of 45 throws in a single game, but if anyone can appreciate it and be suited to defend against it it’s Wink Martindale. He was the defensive coordinator in Baltimore when quarterback Lamar Jackson won the 2019 MVP while playing in a grounded scheme.

“It was a similar type offense that challenges you in a different way,” Martindale said of the Ravens’ offense then and the current Bears gameplans.

He compared Bears quarterback Justin Fields to Cam Newton and Randall Cunningham for his ability to make plays while running, but those two quarterbacks could also let it rip. The better comp, therefore, might be young Jackson, the quarterback Martindale faced every day in practice. Even then, though, the Ravens averaged 27.5 pass attempts per game in 2019, almost twice as many as the Bears currently manage.

THROWING IT BACK

The Giants will play Sunday’s game in their “legacy” uniforms of the 1980s and 90s which include white pants, classic royal blue jerseys with red and white trim, and darker navy blue helmets with white facemasks. Stitched inside the collar of the jerseys is a quote from late owner Wellington Mara: “Once a Giant, Always a Giant.”

The jerseys will be “Always a Giant” too. Because of their unique look and a lack of replacement stock the players have been prohibited from participating in the usual postgame ritual of swapping their game-worn jerseys with opposing players on Sunday. Obviously if there is damage to them during the game they will be replaced but the team will be back in their legacy unforms Dec. 4 against Washington and the jerseys from this Sunday need to be used again for that contest.

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