TV: Broadcast nationally on CBS (Ch 2 in NYC) Greg Gumbel and Dan Dierdorf
Radio: WCBS 101.1 FM Bob Papa, Carl Banks and Howard Cross (field reporter)
Weather: Mostly cloudy, low 70's
Last Week: The Giants looked sharp in last week’s 26-3 victory against the crosstown rival Jets. After the Giants built an early 6-0 lead, rookie cornerback Jayron Hosley intercepted a pass and returned it 77 yards for the game’s first touchdown. For the game, the Giants’ defense amassed seven sacks and limited the Jets to 148 total net yards.
Chicago put forth a sterling offensive performance en route to a 33-31 win against Washington, improving to 1-1. The Bears’ offensive line was steady, helping Chicago to 307 passing yards and paving the way for two rushing touchdowns by running back Michael Bush in the first quarter.
“We challenged them all week,” says quarterback Jay Cutler of his offensive line. “We challenged them before the game. Everything starts with them. Whenever those guys are playing and doing their job, we can do our job.”
Series: Chicago has owned the Giants over time. They lead the preseason (9-7), regular season (27-19-2) and postseason series (5-3).
Last Preseason Meeting: 8/22/11 - Chicago 13 at Giants 41
Last Regular Season Meeting: 10/3/10 - Chicago 3 at Giants 17
Giants Key Injuries: DE Jason Pierre-Paul (back), WR Hakeem Nicks (foot), LB Michael Boley (hamstring), CB Jayron Hosley (foot), DT Shaun Rogers (blood clot in leg), CB Terrell Thomas (knee), LT Will Beatty (back), DT Marvin Austin (back), DE Adrian Tracy (hamstring), OL Brandon Mosley (ankle), CB Brandon Bing (hamstring). TE Travis Beckum (knee) and DT Chris Canty (knee) on PUP
Bears Key Injuries: LB Brian Urlacher (knee), safety Chris Conte (shoulder), safety Brandon Hardin (neck), punter Adem Podlesh (hip). WR Johnny Knox (back) is on PUP.
Notes: Tom Coughlin is even-Steven in preseason as Giants head coach. The Giants are 17‐17 in the preseason under Coughlin. They are 1‐1 this year and were 2‐2 in 2011. Coughlin is 2-2 vs Bears' head coach Lovie Smith in four regular season games.