Bears, Cutler Wallop Giants

Pro Football NYCSenior Writer IAugust 23, 2009

CHICAGO - AUGUST 22: Trumaine McBride #26, Marcus Freeman #58 and Hunter Hillenmeyer #92 of the Chicago Bears attempt to tackle Hakeem Nicks #18 of the New York Giants after Nicks made a reception during their preseason NFL game at Soldier Field on August 22, 2009 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

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The Giants were outhustled and battered from the opening whistle to the final gun in Chicago’" onclick="return(Jiglu.overlayOpen(this))">Chicago last night.

Head Coach Tom Coughlin had warned us that the short week would lead to less preparation. He was right.

The final score was 17-3 but it could have easily been 31 or 34-3. The Bears had some big plays negated by penalties and Jay Cutler’" onclick="return(Jiglu.overlayOpen(this))">Jay Cutler missed out on another score when he overthrew a wide-open Devin Hester in the first quarter.

Anyone who thinks the Cutler trade has left the Bears devoid of talent should watch the replay of this game. They appear to be a very capable team in all phases of the game. RB Matt Forte and TE Greg Olsen are two rising stars.

Cutler wasn’t particularly sharp (8-13, 122 yds), but he has a great field sense and his rifle arm allows his receivers opportunities for additional yards after the catch, hence those big plays.

While the football world is caught up in the Brett Favre’" onclick="return(Jiglu.overlayOpen(this))">Brett Favre riptide, the reality is that Cutler is the new boss of the NFC North.

Some quick hits……

DT Jay Alford left the game with a sprained MCL in his left knee. Too bad, he was having a nice preseason. We should know more about his condition by Monday.

Coughlin said the team’s lackluster play has inhibited the coaches’ ability to make determinations regarding roster spots. Next week’s game against the Jets will have a lot riding on it.

The WR competition remains at a standstill. No wideout caught more than two passes. Steve Smith returned to action and caught two passes for 30 yards, with one of those receptions going for 25 yards. Hakeem Nicks caught a 55-yard pass from Andre Woodson at garbage time.

The defense looked soft, especially in the middle. That would normally be worrisome, but keep in mind MLB Antonio Pierce, S Kenny Phillips and DTs Chris Canty and Rocky Bernard did not play, plus Alford left with an injury. CB Aaron Ross was also inactive.

The offensive line is obviously not the same without guards Chris Snee and Rich Seubert, but give credit to their replacements—Kevin Boothe and Tutan Reyes. The running game still flourished, but the pass protection needs work. Snee will most likely sit out the entire preseason with knee swelling, Seubert may return this week vs the Jets.

Eli Manning’" onclick="return(Jiglu.overlayOpen(this))">Eli Manning went 7-10 for 62 yards. The Giants RBs rushed for a total of 115 yards on 21 carries.