Jay Cutler was not sacked and hit just twice in a game against a struggling but still dangerous group of down-linemen and linebackers. The Bears took the fight to the Giants and while the front five did not always control the line of scrimmage, they were a significant part of the Bears converting five of 11 (45 percent) of their third downs and staying on the field more than 32 minutes, the Bears’ highest time of possession yet this season.
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“They have weapons all over the field, just like we do,” said guard Kyle Long, who had the better of Justin Tuck and others throughout and was aware of the need to keep Eli Manning off the field. “Also, with a quarterback like Eli, you never know when the ball is going to go over the top.”
Players said coaches drilled into them a simplified mindset and approach with the short week, with generally good results. The biggest single negative was a holding penalty, first of the year, on center Roberto Garza that brought back a 19-yard Matt Forte run on the opening drive of the third quarter, ultimately forcing the Bears to settle for a field goal.
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But the Giants managed just two tackles for loss and did not harass Cutler into mistakes, a credit to both line and quarterback.
Moon's grade: B+