Report Card: Bears-Giants

October, 11, 2013

Week 6 Report Card: New York Giants at Chicago Bears


Rushing Offense

New York sold out to prevent the Bears from running the football by flooding the box with defenders. Matt Forte gained 67 yards on 19 carries for an average of 3.5 yards per attempt, while Michael Bush ran the ball six times for 8 yards. But Jay Cutler picked up valuable first-down yardage scrambling on three different occasions (20 yards), and Alshon Jeffery gained 15 yards on the Bears' seemingly always successful end-around. But the Giants are big up front and tough to move.


Passing Offense

What's not to like? Cutler passed for 262 yards, two touchdowns and zero interceptions. Both touchdowns were caught by Brandon Marshall, who was targeted 11 times and hauled in nine receptions for 87 yards. Tight end Martellus Bennett enjoyed a productive game versus his old team with six catches for 68 yards, and Forte caught six balls out of the backfield. Even fullback Tony Fiammetta got involved with a 30-yard reception.


Rushing Defense

The Bears allowed veteran Brandon Jacobs to gain way too many yards -- 106 yards and two touchdowns on 22 carries, to be exact. Jacobs only started because David Wilson was inactive, but he was running like it was 2006. The Bears again had issues tackling, and it seemed their defensive line had problems containing runs to the outside. Even in his prime, Jacobs was never considered an elite runner, but he sure looked like one Thursday night as he powered though Chicago's defenders.


Passing Defense

The grade would be lower, except the Bears' Tim Jennings (twice) and Zack Bowman did intercept Eli Manning three times, and Jennings pick-six was likely the deciding factor in the game. But Manning had all day to throw and passed for 239 yards and one touchdown. If the Giants' quarterback had been more accurate, those numbers would have been better. Until the Bears find a way to pressure the opposing quarterback -- which at this rate might never happen -- the pass defense is always going to suffer.


Special Teams

Robbie Gould is still perfect on the season after nailing a pair of field goals, one from 52 yards out, giving him an NFL record-tying 12 straight from 50-plus. Punter Adam Podlesh pinned the Giants inside their own 20-yard line on all three of his kicks. However, the Bears did allow a 46-yard kickoff return. Devin Hester set the franchise mark for kickoff return yards, but didnt do a whole lot with three return opportunities.



Marc Trestman made a curious decision to go for it on fourth-and-2 from the Giants 4-yard line in the first quarter and failed to convert, but the Bears did get a pick-six after they turned it over on downs. The Bears were in rhythm when it came to calling plays on offense for much of the night. On defense, Mel Tucker can't generate any pressure, and unless the defense forces takeways, the unit struggles. But at 4-2, Trestman has the team in good shape.

Jeff Dickerson | email

Chicago Bears beat reporter
Dickerson has been the Bears beat reporter for ESPN Chicago since 2004. He also hosts weeknight radio shows on ESPN 1000.



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