Chicago Bears what to watch for in Week 17 game vs Giants

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Can the Bears run defense do its job?

Just a couple of short years ago, the Chicago Bears had a steel curtain of defense against the run. It was difficult to gain a yard, let alone gain first downs or touchdowns. That isn’t the case this season, however. They rank 25th in rushing yards allowed and 21st in average yards per run.

The Giants have Saquon Barkley but he hasn’t been the same since the last time the two teams met back in Week 2 last season. It was then that he was running out of bounds when he got tangled with Eddie Jackson. Barkley tore the ligaments in his knee.

He recovered enough to come back this season but then suffered an ankle injury. His season hasn’t been what we’re used to seeing from him. He also missed four games like Montgomery but has just 461 rushing yards and has yet to rush for over 100 yards this season.

The one the Bears need to worry about is Devontae Booker. He has 533 rushing yards and averages 4.5 yards per game.

If the Bears can hold the Giants’ running game it’ll be a long day for New York. With their troubles at quarterback, if they’re forced to continually throw the better it’ll be for the Bears’ defense.