After back-to-back Bears losses to the Detroit Lions and the New Orleans Saints, patient the football gods were kind enough to send us the
choking struggling New York Giants for a Thursday night primetime matchup during a shortened Week 6. The Bears capitalized on the Giants multitude of issues and ended their two-game losing streak with a 27-21 win last night at Soldier Field.
In the NFL a win is a win, ed no matter how crummy the opponent is or how it get’s done, but last night’s win still makes Bears fans nervous for what lies ahead down the road to the playoffs.
What You Need to Know:
- What ever happened to the Giants? Just two years removed from winning the Super Bowl, the Giants are now 0-6 for the first time since 1976. Watching Eli Manning grimace and drop his head into his hands on the sidelines last night was painful for anyone, no matter how much you hate the G-Men. Manning threw three more interceptions last night, two in the first series of the game, and now has 15 glaring INTs on the season. Meanwhile, big brother Peyton is crushing records and already in the MVP discussions while leading the 5-0 Broncos on a tear.
- BMarshall Can Wear Whatever the Hell he Wants if He Plays Like That: Marshall proudly wore his lime green cleats as a symbol of Mental Health Awareness week and will be fined $5K by the NFL for violating the NFL’s dress code policy. Marshall has publicly said he will pay the fine and match it by donating another $5K to the Brandon Marshall Foundation thatsupports mental health awareness and raises money for the cause. Marshall came back in a big way last night after a lackluster performance in the Saints game. Marshall had two TDs and nine receptions. Whether it was the shoes or the Giants’ poor secondary, who cares. Marshall had a huge game and helped drive awareness to an issue near and dear to his heart = class act.
- Pick-sixes are great, but....Besides their innate ability to turn the ball over through interceptions, the Bears defense needs help. Tim Jennings was back to his usual ways last night picking off little Manning twice, one that was returned for a TD, but the pass rush is still non-existent and the Bears D is simply allowing too many rushing yards from opposing offenses. The absence of Melton and Collins is really being felt and vets Julius Peppers and Lance Briggs need to step it up big time before the next formidable offense comes in and tears things up again.
Your Take Away Piece:
“The Bears offense looked great last night, even if it was the NY Giants. Cutler stayed vertical and spread the love around to his receivers and Marshall was back to his elite ways, it’s the D that worries me. This win was an easy way to stop the skid and give the Bears a mental boost as they prepare for the tough schedule ahead.”
The Bears have ten days of rest before they head to DC to take on the RGIII and the Washington Redskins next Sunday. During this time they need the defense to get healthy and figure out ways to improve.