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Giants Lose To Bears 17-3

After last week’s thrilling last second victory, the Giants came out flat and looked over matched in a 17-3 loss to the Chicago Bears Saturday night. The first team defense did not get any pressure, and Jay Cutler looked like the second coming of John Elway, while Matt Forte looked like Barry Sanders. The Giants did not have an answer for the two, as Forte ran for 58 yards on nine carries and a touchdown and Cutler threw for 121 yards on 8 completions and a touchdown. The Giants offense was not any better, as they struggled to get points. Eli Manning was 7-10 for 62 yards, but he was constantly under pressure, was sacked twice and he did not seem to be as accurate as his stats would suggest.

The Bears started off the scoring with a 44 yard field goal by Robbie Gould. A little later on in the first quarter, Matt Forte busted through the Giants defense as he scampered 32 yards for a touchdown. After a 38 yard pass to Devin Aromashodu (which is easily one of the best names in all of football) to get it on the one, Cutler threw it to Desmond Clark for the easy score. The Giants added a 42 yard field goal from Lawrence Tynes to save the Giants from a shutout.

In a complete 180 from last week, the Giants just looked flat. Maybe it was the short turnaround from Monday night. Maybe it was all the injuries, but they looked flat and completely over matched by an impressive Bears team. They could not stop Matt Forte, and Cutler had all day to throw.

In fairness, the Giants second team, especially the defense, did look somewhat good. Granted, with the depth they have, the second team is on par with many first teams.

In injury news, Jay Alford left the game in the 3rd quarter with what looked to be a sprained knee. No word yet on the extent of the injury.

Today’s “Who Played Well, and Who Didn’t” will not be pretty. There were not many good individual performances.


Ahmad Bradshaw– He always seems to be playing well. Bradshaw ran for 54 yards on six carries, and like last week, was all over the field. He’s a more than adequate replacement for Derrick Ward.

Gerris Wilkinson– You won’t see him show up in the box scores, but Wilkinson finally showed us the promise that we all thought he had coming out of Georgia Tech a few years ago. He showed explosiveness, range in coverage, and had a sack. This performance might help him make the team.

Brandon Jacobs: Jacobs absolutely steamrolled Brian Urlacher not once, but twice. Jacobs ran for 27 yards on 7 carries, which are not the most impressive numbers, but his legs were always moving, and was doing his thing.

CC Brown– He had eight tackles, and was all over the place. I thought that he was the most impressive defender out there. Another good find by Jerry Reese

Danny Ware– Ware built on his good performance from last week, with a 35 yard kick return, 34 yards rushing and 24 yards receiving. A well rounded game. He’s starting to assert himself as a factor in this offense. Even though the Giants didn’t play well, fans can take solace in the fact that the Giants still have a great running game.

Hakeem Nicks– He had one catch–for 55 yards. That might be the best thing to take away from this game. Nicks showed great down field burst and separation. This is only one play, but it’s a sign of things to come.


The Offensive Line– No offensive line member played well. All of the QBs had very little time to set and throw. Chris Snee and Rich Seubert are hurt, which has something to do with it. But, last week, Manning had a lot of time to throw, and he didn’t this week.

The Defensive Line– No pressure whatsoever. Cutler had all day to throw, and Forte found plenty of holes to run through.

Mario Manningham– Manningham dropped a punt, fielded one he should have let go. I think Manningham is going to be one of those players who will make an amazing play one minute, and then make a boneheaded one the next.

Andre Woodson– He’s an utter disaster at QB, save for that one pass to Nicks. He looks frazzled out there. I am shocked that the Giants are not giving Rhett Bomar more of a chance. Woodson should not be on this team.

In reality, all of the Giants didn’t play well, except for the ones I mentioned. There was no effort. They were flat. I think a lot of it was due to the quick turnaround and the injuries, the combination of both. And although it was preseason, and you shouldn’t put too much stock into them (the Lions were 4-0 last year), Tom Coughlin and company will not be happy. This was a lackluster performance. Luckily, it was only preseason. Last week, the G-Men looked in midseason form. This week they looked like they wanted to leave Chicago. I hope that last week’s performance is more indicative of what this team will be. I’d like to chalk this one up to injuries, and a short turnaround. Hopefully next week will be better.

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One Response to “Giants Lose To Bears 17-3”

  1. Fuchs, good work. I agree with most of what you had to say…

    My thoughts:

    Everyone is talking like this was the worst performance in the world.

    I didn’ tsee much of the game (but thanks bob for the link), but when the game ended the score was 17-3.

    That’s not the biggest blow out I’ve ever seen. And it is pre-season.

    Nicks made a big catch, which is something everyone was waiting to see.

    Bradshaw, again did well. he averaged 9 yards a carry, which is impressive. So that’s comforting to know that Bradshaw looks like he has the ability at least to play as well as Derrick Ward did last year.

    Brandon Jacobs caught a ball again (he caught 6 all of last season-so this is a good sign to have two games with catches-maybe he worked on catching the ball in the off-season)?

    Our Secondary Depth looks good, especially at safety. C.C. Brown had 7 tackles and a FF and last week he was flying all over the field (although he didn’t make as many plays as he could have) so that’s comforting to know that we have a pretty talented backup safety.

    C.C. Brown is starting to look like a find, I think.

    Tynes made a 42 yard field goal, so that’s good.

    Unfortunatley I didn’t see much of the game live, can’t wait for the season to start.

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