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Giants stiffer test for Bears No. 1 run defense

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The Packers and Lions didn't try to run the ball much. The Cowboys tried to run it against the Bears defense but abandoned that strategy after being stuffed repeatedly.

Expect the Giants to be more stubborn about establishing the run on Sunday night at New Meadowlands Stadium, which means the Bears top-ranked rush defense will meet its stiffest test yet.

"It's definitely different preparing for them than it would be for Green Bay," Lance Briggs said. "This team is more balanced. They want to establish the run, which sits real well with us."

Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw is averaging 4.9 yards per carry and 264-pound Brandon Jacobs can punish a defense.

"We're getting key takeaways at good times, which is helping us, but we've got to play better," Brian Urlacher said. "We missed a lot of tackles last week, me included. We've got to tackle better, get to the quarterback and get him on the ground. But we're playing fast. That makes up for a lot of mistakes when you play at a high level like that. We're definitely doing that at every position."

With Ryan Grant out for the season, Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers only handed the ball to running backs 13 times last week. The Giants are averaging 27 attempts through three games.

"They had two tough losses there to Indianapolis and Tennessee," Urlacher said. "They moved the ball in both of those games. Turnovers killed them. But there's no question they're a good team. They're a powerful team. They like to run the football. We've got to be ready to play."

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well said Neil

All of this and more will be discussed tonight on my Chicago Bears preview show at 9pm at


I agree with you totally, Neil, and am glad Urlacher sees that this is a different challenge against the run than previous games were. I think the Giants will be able to run the ball, and hopefully the Bears will "bend but not break." I also think the Bears' running game will come to life bigtime with both of their backs having excellent games. I look for this to be a ball control and field position game and think the Bears' special teams have the edge to insure the Bears the advantage.

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