Eli Manning's third interception of the game with under two minutes left ended the New York Giants' chances of securing their first win. They fell to 0-6 on the season while the Chicago Bears now lead the NFC Central at 4-2.
Full game grades and analysis are below.
New York - 21
Chicago - 27
Game Analysis for the New York Giants
The Giants did a great job converting third downs via the pass, and the offensive line gave Manning time to throw.
Interceptions, though, once again defined the performance of this unit. The first two picks forced the Giants to play from behind all night, and the final interception, a vintage wild high throw by Manning that went off Brandon Myers' fingertips, cost them a chance to win.
While this unit was quiet in the second and third quarters, it started off strong and finished great. The surprising aspect of the performance was the number of runs over 10 yards without speedster David Wilson in the lineup.
The Giants were good all night protecting against the deep pass, but were picked apart on short and intermediate throws, especially in the first half. Better pressure by the front seven in the second half, despite not registering a sack, helped disrupt Jay Cutler’s rhythm.
For the third week in a row, the Giants held a strong running back in check. Matt Forte had a hard-working 67 yards rushing and only occasionally found daylight, usually outside the tackles.
Once again, however, they failed to maintain lane discipline against the quarterback on well-covered pass plays. This led to a couple of good scrambles by Jay Cutler.
Both coverage teams were excellent against returner extraordinaire Devin Hester, and Josh Brown’s long kickoffs and Steve Weatherford’s directional punting certainly helped the cause as well.
Jerrel Jernigan’s 46-yard kickoff return in the first half rounded out a strong all-around night by this unit.
The Giants had a chance to beat a pretty good team on the road in the final minutes. This proves that Coughlin still has a handle on this team, despite all the losses, demoralizing turnovers and injuries.
New York is 0-6, though, so the head coach and his staff have to take the blame for leading a winless team that certainly doesn’t have winless talent.
First-Half Analysis for the New York Giants
The back-to-back interceptions on the first two possessions of the game were a horrible way to start things off. However, Eli Manning and his receivers quickly settled down. The Bears do not have the personnel to match up outside with the Giants, so expect New York to continue to exploit this advantage in the second half.
A surprisingly good performance by Brandon Jacobs early tapered off as the first half wore on. Most of the success has come behind the strong blocking of right guard David Diehl and rookie right tackle Justin Pugh.
This unit has been awful. Blitzes have left underneath receivers wide open. Brandon Marshall has two touchdowns and looks like he can get open whenever he feels like it against Prince Amukamara and Terrell Thomas.
If the Giants don’t get consistent pressure on Jay Cutler in the second half, it is hard to see the Bears passing attack slowing down.
The Giants manhandled the Bears offensive line in the first quarter. The second quarter was a different story, however, as Matt Forte started to find some running room, especially outside the tackles.
Jerrel Jernigan’s 46-yard kickoff return highlights the play by this unit.
Tom Coughlin continues to have this team motivated and hungry coming out of the locker room, which is not easy to do with a winless team.
Also, while the early interceptions were disconcerting (to say the least), the offensive execution has been good since midway through the first quarter. Finally, after 12 penalties last week, the Giants have only one so far in this game.
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