All the Twitter backlash of QB Jay Cutler and his inability to hold the ball is irrelevant to the 358 yards passing, 2 touchdowns and passer rating of 128.1, with NO interceptions. There were numerous balls dropped, one of which was an in-the-money catch that WR Earl Bennett let bounce off his chest. The double coverage on WR Brandon Marshall forced Cutler to move the ball around and find different targets. However, the Saints ate up a lot of clock time and kept the Bears a score behind.
The Bears cannot be a come from behind team. They need to be in control of the game from the beginning and let the teams chase them. With a large lead in the first half, the momentum needs to stay into the second half. The Bears have the habit of leading in the first half and squeaking a win in the last few seconds of the game. With that being said, let’s move on to this weeks match-up against the 0-5 New York Giants.
QB Eli Manning has been frustrated week after week with sacks and interceptions. It’s a Manning walking in Cutler’s shoes for once. Does that mean that Cutler could be walking in Manning’s shoes and be Super Bowl bound? Anything can happen, but right now the Bears cannot take Eli Manning or the Giants for granted. Manning has been known to make miracles happen.
Coach Marc Trestman needs to start off with the same game plan of moving the ball down the field, hard and fast. Special teams must be explosive at the start by implementing RB Michael Ford in the return run instead of Devin Hester. The shock and awe of Ford taking it down the field will shake the Giants off balance and put an already frustrated Manning on the hot seat.
The Bears defense will return to their former monster selves and put pressure on Manning. Watch for Charles Tillman, Tim Jennings, Isaiah Frey and Major Wright to contribute in a big way in takeaways and forced fumbles. Jennings or Frey will take one in for a touchdown. Be prepared to watch LB Lance Briggs and rookie DT Zach Minter sack Manning at least 4 times in the first half. WR Victor Cruz should be double covered and banned from any salsa dancing on Soldier Field.
It will take the offense to make plays and protect Cutler in the pocket. Rookies Kyle Long and Jordan Mills will take what they learned against the Saints and put it to the test against defensive ends Justin Tuck and Jason Peirre-Paul. The Giants will force CB Prince Amukamara on WR Alshon Jeffrey especially after his incredible 218 receiving yards against the Saints. Brandon Marshall will make be utilized for the third-down and long plays and have Bears fans on their feet. Running back Matt Forte will rush for 128-yards and 2 touchdowns.
But the icing on the cake will be a run-in touchdown by Cutler himself with a little bit more moxie than QB Peyton Manning’s trotting touchdown against the Dallas Cowboys. The Bears need this win at home and get back in the race against a division hot on their heels.