Preseason3: 'Hit or miss' for Bears

August, 25, 2012
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Reviewing Friday night's action at MetLife Stadium:

Chicago Bears 20, New York Giants 17

Preseason record: 2-1

Of interest: Jay Cutler and Brandon Marshall combined for a 21-yard touchdown in the first quarter, but for the most part the offense had trouble establishing rhythm. Tailback Matt Forte had a 24-yard run but gained 15 yards on his other nine carries combined. ... The Bears' defense had a hard time tackling Giants rookie David Wilson, who had a 29-yard reception and a 20-yard carry. ... The offensive line seemed to meet the challenge of the Giants' pass rush. Cutler wasn't sacked. The guess is that J'Marcus Webb earned the left tackle job and Chris Spencer will be the left guard when the season opens. ... Giants quarterback Eli Manning's 17-for-21 outing came at the expense of Bears cornerback Charles Tillman, who had two pass interference calls and was targeted on many of Manning's completions. … Punting for the injured Adam Podlesh, rookie Ryan Quigley had one block and averaged 43.6 yards per punt. Coach Lovie Smith went out of his way to mention Quigley's effort after the game.

Local coverage: Cutler called the outing "hit and miss" and added, via Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times: "Brandon and I missed some things. Everything was just a little bit off a count in the passing game. We made some plays and we missed some stuff. We missed a touchdown because of communication. There is some stuff that can be easily fixed but it needs to be fixed in the next two weeks." … Defensive end Julius Peppers flashed Friday night after a quiet summer, notes Jeff Dickerson of ESPNChicago.com. ... Webb and Spencer are eager for resolution to their situations, writes Michael C. Wright of ESPNChicago.com. … David Haugh of the Chicago Tribune: "The Bears sought the precision every team wants to see in its last real chance to evaluate starters but settled for sloppiness. Their offense made too many mistakes, their defense gave up too much ground and you could find crisper special-teams execution under the Friday night lights of your local high school. The Bears came east looking for confirmation they were a playoff team but left searching for answers after things suddenly headed south in the second quarter." ... Melissa Isaacson of ESPNChicago.com: "[I]f the third game is truly the most accurate indicator we have of how the regular season might look, Bears fans would be well-advised not to get too comfortable just yet."

Up next: Thursday at the Cleveland Browns

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