Analysts seem to be altering their perspective of the 3-1 Chicago Bears following a Sunday Night Football demolition versus the New York Giants.
Bears fans had a large ego to pair with their sky-high confidence after an undefeated start three games into 2010, with crucial victories over the Green Bay Packers and Dallas Cowboys.
However, that quickly faded as Justin Tuck and the Giants undoubtedly tore apart Chicago’s offense.
History was made, though.
Mike Martz’s quarterback of today, Jay Cutler, was sacked nine times on the way to a concussion throughout one half of play. Immediately, controversy struck the Monsters of the Midway as backup Todd Collins took the reins of Martz’s offense in an attempt to succeed over New York.
The game remained 3-0 in the Giant’s favor for quite awhile, but changed as Ahmad Bradshaw and Brandon Jacobs led a rushing assault that gained 191 yards; opposed to the 39.2 yards-per-game on the ground Chicago previously allowed in the first three games.
Rod Marinelli’s defense was worn down after 33 minutes and 25 seconds of play, unfortunately, as the offense couldn’t muster even a measly 150 yards.
Defensively, the Bears did enough to win. Turnovers were abundant as Lovie’s scheme created three, with two interceptions that were dropped. No excuses, though, for the offense.
As apparent, the line was horrendous. After facing Jay Ratliff, DeMarcus Ware, and Anthony Spencer of the Cowboys, you’d think Justin Tuck and Osi Umenyiora could be contained.
Well, it wasn’t the case as even Collins was knocked out of the game on the Giant’s 10th sack of the night, forcing third-stringer Caleb Hanie to recede the veteran.
This game should come as a wake-up call for all Super Bowl faithful when it comes to the Chicago Bears. Virginia McCaskey would need to sign a ballhawk safety who is prone to scare receivers up the seam, one big-named, Anquan Boldin-like receiver to force double coverage, an entire new offensive line that is stable in both sides of blocking, and one more pass rusher to assist Julius Peppers. The defensive line just doesn’t generate nearly enough pressure with the exception of the Pro Bowler to elevate the Cover-Two to success.
There is still hope for an exciting season and possible playoff spot, so no negativity is needed.
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