New York’s de­fense pre­pares for mul­ti­ple pos­si­bil­i­ties at quar­ter­back for the 8-3

Chicago didn’t miss a beat with Daniel vs. Detroit

Albany Times Union - Sunday - - SPORTS -

East Ruther­ford, N.J. 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).

The NFC North-lead­ing Bears ex­tended their win­ning streak to five games on Thanks­giv­ing with Daniel lead­ing Chicago to a 23-16 win over the Lions in his first start since 2014.

“They are both good quar­ter­backs,” Giants line­backer and de­fen­sive cap­tain Alex Ogle­tree said. “They haven’t changed much of their of­fense for ei­ther one. They play a lit­tle dif­fer­ent game, but for the most part, they do the same stuff. We are prepar­ing for ei­ther one. You never know who is go­ing to play. So if Chase Daniel plays, we will be ready for him, and if Tru­bisky plays, we will be pre­pared as well.”

Tru­bisky was lim­ited at prac­tice on Wed­nes­day and Thurs­day, so it is look­ing less likely he will play Sun­day.

Bettcher said his ap­proach ev­ery week is to see what the de­fense needs to do to give the team its best chance. It in­cludes hav­ing some tweaks built in for the op­pos­ing quar­ter­backs.

“You cer­tainly have some things that you like ver­sus each of those two quar­ter­backs,” Bettcher said.

Of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tors do the same thing when the sta­tus of their start­ing quar­ter­back is un­cer­tain. They make sep­a­rate sheets out­lin­ing the plays and throws each quar­ter­back likes, al­though the game plan is rel­a­tively the same.

If Daniel gets the call again, he will have had a week prac­tic­ing with the of­fense. He did not get that com­ing off a short week of prepa­ra­tion for the Lions and still com­pleted 27 of 37 passes for 230 yards and two touch­downs.

“Lis­ten, it’s never changed for me and I told you this last week and I’ll tell you it again: I pre­pare ev­ery day like I’m the starter whether I get prac­tice reps or not,” Daniel said.

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The Giants’ Saquon Barkley is look­ing for his third straight game with at least one rush­ing touch­down and one re­ceiv­ing touch­down on Sun­day against Chicago.

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