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Considering the number of injuries the Bears had coming into and during the game, people shouldn't be too hard on the Bears defense. Still, there still doesn't seem to be much reason to think they can make the playoffs if this unit doesn't improve.
Three of the team's five highest-paid players all line up on the defensive side of the ball, but that's the area where there has to be the most concern. One of those wealthy players—cornerback Charles Tillman—didn't play against the Giants, but, as Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau says, they had "more than enough to win with."
Julius Peppers is the highest paid player on the team and did not make an impact against a New York Giants team who gave up 15 sacks heading into the game. In fact, he hasn't made much of an impact at all this season.
I'll get into the Bears defensive line later.
As a whole, the Bears simply gave up far too much. That said, their performance was actually admirable.
Minus their top three defensive tackles and star cornerback, they didn't get completely roasted. On New York's final drive, the Bears were also missing two starting linebackers. Yet, they kept the Giants out of the end zone.
This effort wouldn't have been anywhere near good enough against a good offense. Imagine if they were going against Aaron Rodgers or Adrian Peterson. That doesn't matter, though, because they were good enough this week. When Eli Manning threw the ball their way, they caught it.
Going forward, the Bears have a lot of work to do. With a Thursday night game they have some extra time to prepare and get healthy. With a little luck, Tillman and Stephen Paea will be back in the lineup. They'll help, but it's pretty clear the days of the Bears having a dominant defense are in the past.