The Chicago Bears improved to 4-2 on the season with a victory over the New York Giants on Thursday Night Football. It was a game that ended up being a lot closer than many were projecting, but a win is most certainly a win. The Bears should come away from this contest with plenty to feel good about and also knowing that they have lots of work to do to become a legitimate threat in this year’s NFC.
Jay Cutler and the Chicago offense had things going once again in week six, but mainly in the first half. Cutler found Brandon Marshall in the end zone on two occasions and the QB-WR combo made it look easy. But in the second half, the Bears only managed three points. Still, Chicago controlled the clock and won the time of possession battle and the game was never really in question.
On the other side of the ball, the Bears’ defense didn’t have the best of nights on Thursday. The unit did intercept Eli Manning on three occasions, which ultimately made the difference in the game, but there were also some times when the Chicago defense was a little shaky. Brandon Jacobs looked better than he had in years as he put up 106 yards and two touchdowns. He wasn’t running the ball at will by any means, but he did end up averaging 4.8 yards per carry.
Even though the Bears-D once again scored a touchdown, it’s pretty clear this year’s unit isn’t as good as some of the past incarnations. A big part of that is injuries. Henry Melton and Nate Collins are out for the year, plus Charles Tillman and Stephen Paea were inactive for TNF. But the harsh reality is that the Chicago defense is still giving up the 11th most points in the league (26.8).
The good news is that this team will now have several extra days to rest and get healthy before heading to D.C. in week seven. The Bears are in good shape at 4-2, but their defense needs to start tightening things up a bit.