The Bears made it interesting, but in the end they beat the Giants 27-21. As I was watching it, it seemed like the Bears were going to win pretty much the entire time. However, in the fourth quarter the game was close and the Bears could very well have lost the game. I got nervous that Eli was going to pull one out, but Tim Jennings effectively ended it with his second interception of the night.
Here are a couple of thoughts:
1. The offensive line and Jay Cutler both played well. I liked that Cutler didn't make any boneheaded plays and threw it away a number of times. He also made some plays with his legs to keep drives going. Nice job.
2. The running game was OK, but will need to get better. I thought some of it was play calling. They didn't really run consistently - particularly in the first half. They also seemed to call a lot of plays between the tackles and it just wasn't really there tonight.
3. The Bears defensive line was short-handed. Henry Melton and Nate Collins - two major players at DT are lost for the year and Stephen Paea did not play because of a toe injury. As a result the Bears gave up a fair amount of rushing yards. It is probably my biggest concern going forward.
The Bears get a bit of a mini-bye and can recover from some of the nagging injuries before going to DC. Hopefully the DT situation will improve, because the Deadskins will bring a much more potent rushing attack. Should be fun.