The Chicago Bears Lose…and I Lose my Bet
Jeff Shull fromNY GIants Central has won our bet and now has control of my blog for tonight. Here is what he had to say…
In an impressive showing the New York Giants shut up critics with what can only be called a dominating defensive performance, headlined by a ferocious pass rush that started from the first drive and didn’t let up.
After setting the NFL record for sacks in one half with nine, knocking out Bears QB Jay Cutler on the second to last play of the first half, the Giants did not get to backup Todd Collins save for one play when he got rid of the ball and was crushed by Michael Boley. Third string QB Caleb Hanie came in and the defense was finally able to get to double digit sacks on the Bears second to last play of the game.
The offense did not get anything going until the second half, only having a 3-0 lead at halftime. It had fans wondering when the Bears offense was going to finally get something going.
Fortunately the defense never allowed that to happen, and with Cutler out for the entire second half, the Bears offense was unable to open up the playbook and stuck with trying to run the football. Needless to say it didn’t work as they only racked up 59 yards on 16 carries.
The Bears offense ran 52 plays for 110 yards, averaging just over two yards per play. Chicago came in with the fifth ranked passing offense, but only had 51 total yards in that category.
In the beginning it was Osi Umenyiora getting to Cutler early getting three sacks and forcing two fumbles, only one that was recovered by the defense. Justin Tuck finished off the day with three sacks of his own, getting to Hanie for the final sack of the day. He held up 10 fingers after putting down the rookie.
When Todd Collins trotted out for the second half I was worried the pass rush would not be as effective because he is a veteran and would have gotten rid of the ball more than Cutler was able to. That might have been the case if Mike Martz actually opened up the playbook.
Instead he ran the ball on five of the first six plays of the second half and the offense sputtered. Possibly the most impressive stat was the Bears failed to convert a single third down, going 0-13 on those chances.
The defense deserved a shut-out; the only points came after a Brandon Jacobs fumble in Giants territory set up a 40-yard field goal by Robbie Gould.
The offense still needs plenty of work, although it should be noted that the Bears played very well on defense before they realized the Offense wasn’t going to give them any help.
They turned the ball over three times yet again, marking the first time a Tom Coughlin coached team has had four straight games with three turnovers.
Despite the poor showing by the offense, Hakeem Nicks stepped his game up and had several key catches on both of the Giants touchdown drives. He ended the night with eight catches for 110 yards, his biggest catch setting up the game-clinching three yard touchdown run by Brandon Jacobs.
It always seems to push away the problems when you get a dominant win like this, but the team cannot afford to let this win linger in their minds and become complacent. They will have to be focused with a tough road test in Houston next week against the Texans.
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