Chicago Bears vs. New York Giants: Preseason Week 3 Live Score, Analysis

Ross Read@@RossReadContributor IIIAugust 24, 2012

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The final score with the Bears winning 20-17 will not tell the story of the game. The reserves rallied in the second half to outscore the Giants 13-0 but it was the starters who will grab the headlines. 

Eli Manning looked sharp in what is most likely his last tuneup before a week one matchup with the Dallas Cowboys. The reigning Super Bowl MVP went 17 for 21 with 148 yards and a touchdown.

Jay Cutler and Brandon Marshall looked sharp early and the two eventually hooked up for their first touchdown pass since being members of the Denver Broncos in the second quarter. Rookie Alshon Jeffery dropped a tough ball inside the five yard line.

The Bears defensive starters did not get much of a pass rush against Eli Manning tonight and Charles Tillman was torched by Ramses Barden throughout the night to the tune of thee receptions for 46 yards and a touchdown.  

The Bears struggled to move the ball on offense with their starters only gaining 29 rushing yards and 101 total yards in the first half. Their offensive line struggles continued as neither J'Marcus Webb or Chris Williams stood out as viable left tackle options. 

Quarterback Jason Campbell was often erratic but was still able to move the football on key drives even finding receiver Joe Anderson for a touchdown. The battle of the night goes to Lorenzo Booker and Armando Allen as the two fought hard for the last running back spot. 

The defensive reserves rebounded from a rough game last week against the Redskins to shut down the Giants' reserves and stop a late two minute drive securing the win with the game's only turnover. 


Both teams will look towards roster cuts this Monday before preparing for their final preseason games.