Exposed is the most apt term I can come up with. The Bears lost to the Giants tonight 17-3, but it easily could have been 31-3.
Starting with the positives, the only positives, probably lost in the end is how well the Bears defense played. Despite dropping three potential interceptions, the defense kept the team in the game when the inept offense could have cost them an early three touchdowns. And Julius Peppers continues to look like he is worth every bit of the enormous contract he received in March.
But that is the only positive. After allowing nine sacks in the first half, I was sure the Giants would best the NFL record of 12 sacks in a game held by the 1984 Bears and four other teams. Luckily the Giants only (only?!) ended up with 10 on the game. Not only was the offense’s pass protection putrid, the Bears collectively remain unable to run the ball or ever convert manageable third-and-shorts.
After quarterback Jay Cutler was finally knocked out on his ninth sack, I thought we’d see a little more of the Todd Collins we saw in the final preseason game, but this proves that a game against the Cleveland Browns’ backups proves nothing when compared to regular season game action. Collins was unspectacular until he also was put out of the game on a hit that looked like it could be career-ending.
So, as Lovie Smith would say, this was only one loss, the sun will come up tomorrow, and the Bears finished the first quarter of the season 3-1. Personally, I didn’t believe in the Bears until they upset the Cowboys on the road. I then correctly believed they would rise to beat the Green Bay Packers, but I was concerned about this Giants game.
But I can’t quite put my finger on how to summarize this loss. It would be one thing if it looked like they didn’t plan properly or they didn’t take the reeling Giants seriously enough. It was neither of those. The Bears simply got a good, old fashioned, ass kicking, and that is troubling.
I’m not ready to say the Bears are who I thought they were, they are still 3-1. But if the offensive line is truly as bad as they looked, I don’t see the Bears being able to win any more games against the tough teams in 2010.