Off the Bench: Bears 27 Giants 21

by Eduardo Saldana

Bears-Giants imagesThe Bears took care of business Thursday night, beating the New York Giants 27-21.  The team got off to a quick start defensively, picking off Eli Manning twice in two possessions, including a pick 6 by Tim Jennings. The Bears let the Giants come right back and kept the game close throughout, but Jay Cutler and the Bears offense did just enough to improve their record to  4-2.

Here are my takeaways:

(+)Jay Cutler

It was another good and efficient game for Jay Cutler, throwing for 262 yards, 2 touchdowns, and a completion percentage of 66.7.  Most importantly, he turned the ball over zero times, which bodes well for his confidence moving forward. I’m sure Jay Cutler could have made some better throws in a few instances, but Jay Cutler carried this team throughout the evening.

(+)Brandon Marshall

After a disappointing game against the Saints in which he complained about his lack of touches, Brandon Marshall had a bounce back game, racking up 87 yards on 9 receptions, and 2 touchdowns. Green shoes and all, he overmatched the Giants defense, and used his great hands and big frame to catch everything thrown his way. It was evident that the Bears wanted to go his way from the beginning, and he was Jay Cutler’s first read for most of the night.

(-)Defensive Line struggles

Brandon Jacobs ran for 106 yards and 2 touchdowns, and it looks like it could have been more. Again, Brandon Jacobs. I don’t need to say more.

(-)The Running Game

Although Matt Forte ended up with 111 yards on the ground, he only got 67 on those on the ground. So far into the season he’s yet to crack 100 yards on the ground. It starts with the offensive line, and the Bears need to do a better job of creating holes for Matt. The ground game will be important as the season progresses, and the Bears must improve in this area in order to be successful.

(-)Eli Manning

I think the pic says it all.

The Bears have 10 days to rest, which should be ample time for Charles Tillman and the other players to get back to 100%. They’ll play the Redskins in Washington, a team struggling to find its way back into the thick of things.

Want more Bears coverage? Tune into The Benchwarmers Show (@chibenchwarmers) with Eddie Saldana (@eduardogsr1990), and Nader Ihmoud (@naderihmoud), Saturday’s from 9-11am on 88.1 WCRX. 


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