Now we know what a train wreck looks like in an NFL game. The week 4 matchup between the New York Giants and the Chicago Bears was not even close as the final 17-3 score would indicate. One of the biggest weaknesses of the Bears was exposed by the Giants defensive linemen repeatedly. The Giants recorded nine sacks in the first half alone and 10 for the game for a loss of 63 yards. It seemed that offensive line was a step slower than the Giants’ defense all night long. The fact that the Bears were only down 3-0 at halftime was due to part miracle and because the Giants were just as woeful with the Ball as the Bears were failing to capitalize on solid field position.
The Giants limited Chicago to a total of six first downs for the entire game and the Bears longest pass play did not come until the fourth quarter. To add insult on top of injury, the Giants not only injured Jay Cutler in the first half but also backup Todd Collins late in the fourth quarter. It is not known whether or not Cutler will miss significant time or not but the team will more than likely proceed on the side of caution because of how dangerous concussions can be. This game that showed that the Bears have several gaping holes that need to be addressed despite their previous 3-0 record.
While all of the players and head coaches have been attempting to put a positive front this week, everyone needs to face the fact that adjustments need to be made. More than likely the Giants will not be the last team the Bears will play who will look to exploit the weakness of the offensive line. With that being said, Chicago needs to implement more three step drop pass plays which will enable Cutler to get rid of the ball faster. The Bears should also try to use more screen passes as a way to nullify the rush because getting the ball out to their backs in space should provide favorable matchups in man coverage. The Bears may also want to try more max protection sets to provide additional blocking when opposing defenses choose to blitz.
The loss was a major one on several fronts but the Bears are 3-1, the same record they had after four games in the 2009 season. The big difference between now and a season ago is that Chicago was expected to only get better as the season went on. Today though, everyone is wondering if the team will get worse having so many questions to answer. Unless the Bears make the necessary adjustments going forward, it will be another long season for players, management and the fans as well.
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