New York Giants 41 – 13 Chicago Bears
Giants earn big win on the scoreboard, suffer big otherwise.
GIANTS – QB Eli Manning didn’t play a whole lot in this game, but was more effective than preseason week one; he finished 8/16 for 78 yards. David Carr who came in after Eli had a successful outing, going 9/11 for 84 yards and a 2 TD’s.
Giant’s running backs ran all over the bears in this game and it was Brandon Jacobs who led the way with 48 yard on 6 carries including an 18-yard TD. Ahmad Bradshaw ran for 15 yards on 5 carries while Rookie Da’Rel Scott took his only carry of the day 97 yards for a TD in the fourth quarter.
WR Dominick Hixon added another TD in this game as he caught a 5-yard TD pass from David Carr. Mario Manningham had a productive outing catching 4 passes for 39 yards while 2nd year WR Victor Cruz had 3 catches for 40 yards including a difficult 21 yarder. Anyone who watched preseason last year already knows who Victor Cruz is, and what he is capable of; he is my candidate to replace Steve Smith as the 3rd piece of the Giants WR triangle.
For those of you who play with IDP’s, the Giants leading tacklers from last season, Terrell Thomas was lost of the season after tearing his ACL (terrible injury to suffer).
BEARS – Similar to Eli Manning, Bears QB Jay Cutler looked improve in this game from his previous outing in preseason week one. Cutler’s line provided more time (albeit not a lot though) to get his throws off, which allowed him to throw for 171 yards in the first half.
RB Marion Barber saw the bulk of the Bears workload as he carried the ball 13 times for 49 yards. Starting RB Matt Forte ran the ball 4 times for only 7 yards but took his one reception 42 yards downfield after making a very nice cutback. 3rd year RB Khalil Bell continues to look good as he ran for 10 yards and TD on 4 carries.
The Bears threw the ball a lot in this one and leading the way was Earl Bennett who reeled in 3 balls for 58 yards (I really like this guy). Devin Hester had 46 yards on 3 catches while Johnny Knox had 2 for 21; new addition Roy Williams was kept off the stat sheet.
Looked Good: Brandon Jacobs, Earl Bennett, Matt Forte, Dominick Hixon
Looked OK: Eli Manning, Jay Cutler, Ahmad Bradshaw, Devin Hester, Mario Manningham, Marion Barber, Johnny Knox
Struggled: Roy Williams
Makin a Name: Victor Cruz, Da’Rel Scott, Khalil Bell
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