I am finding it hard to recall when I last saw a more pathetic performance from the Bears. The Chicago Bears weren't just beaten by the Giants, they were demolished. They gave a whole new meaning to the phrase offensive football. As has been said ad nauseam since the Sunday night debacle, the Bears' offensive line yielded ten sacks to the Giants; nine of them in the first half. Jay Cutler dropped back to pass 20 times in the first half and was sacked on nine of those attempts (45%).

The amazing thing about this game, as lop-sided as it seemed from one side of the ball, the Giants weren't all that successful on offense either. It wasn't until late in the 3rd quarter that their running game put together a drive that opened what had been a 3-0 Giants lead into a 10-0 lead. The Bears were still in the game until 10:29 in 4th quarter when Brandon Jacobs scored to make it 17-3. A defensive score or a big return, and the complexion of the game changes.

Still there is no getting beyond the fact that the Bears' offense was completely and utterly ineffective. The Bears could only muster 110 net yards of offense on 52 plays (2.1 yards per play). Couple that with only six first downs and a 0-13 effort on third down conversions, and the Bears just couldn't move the ball; plain and simple. The offense that was 5th in the NFL in passing coming into the game only gained 51 net yards passing.

Here's the skinny on the game.


DE Julius Peppers: Peppers continues to impress on the DL. Peppers accounted for four tackles (3 solo and 1 assist), a sack, two QB hits, a pass defended and a forced fumble. The man is a monster that despite being chipped and double teamed most of the night, continues to create problems for the opposing team. Now if only the other remaining linemen can step up. The Bears have only four team sacks and Peppers has two of them.

The Bears' overall defense: I have to give the Bears' D credit; they kept the Bears in the game despite their offensive woes. The first nine Giant drives ended in punt, FG, missed FG, punt, punt, fumble, punt, punt, punt. Even after scoring their first TD, the next three drives ended in punt, fumble, fumble. They did everything they could to keep the game close, but it wasn't enough in the long run.


The Bears' run defense: As good as the Bears' overall defense was, the run defense was not up to par. After giving up only 119 yards rushing in the first three games (39.7 yards/game at 2.1 yards/carry). The Bears gave up 189 yards on 32 carries to the Giants (5.9 yards/carry). Most of those yards came late in the 2nd half after the Bears' D was getting tired, but still it's a bit disheartening to see the Giants running all over the Bears.

The Bears QB's: All three Bears' QB's saw action, and all three Bears' QB's were ineffective. Combined, the Bears' QB's completed 15 of 26 passes for 114 yards, 0 TD's and 2 INT's (a 39.6 passer rating). Granted most of their ineffectiveness is due to completely pathetic OL and no running game, but not all of the collective 10 sacks can be blamed on the OL. There were clear mis-reads by Cutler and crew and failures to hit the safety valve receivers and avoid the sack. Much work needs to be done to reinforce the need to make better decisions in the pocket. A Martz offense is known for being a high risk/reward type of offense. When it's working, it's nearly unstoppable. But if the protection breaks down, well…you get what happened Sunday night.


The Bears' Offense: It would be too easy to single out the OL. This is not to say that they played atrociously, but the failures in the Bears' offense only begin with the OL. As mentioned previously, the QB's were not making the hot reads effectively. The running backs and tight ends utterly failed in their blocking assignments. I thought TE Brandon Manumaleuna was brought in to beef up the pass and run blocking? He's been a failure thus far. What was even more shocking is that what worked against the relentless blitzing of the Cowboys didn't work against the Giants. Screens and draw plays could barely get off the ground. This was by far the worst offensive game I've witnessed in a long time.


When you witness such systemic failures on one side of the ball, it's hard to see where there is room for improvement. The Carolina Panthers are almost assuredly devouring the Giants game film to replicate their defensive game plan. The Bears can expect to see similar defensive schemes until they find a way to fix their problems. I would like to think that the problems boil down to technique, but let's face it, the Bears' OL is awful. I would grade them an overall "F" so far. The running game is non existent and the pass protection isn't much better. If it's a matter of technique, then OL Coach Mike Tice better work on fundamentals all week.


Sunday, October 10 at the Carolina Panthers (0-4).