It looked like the tape was on repeat for the New York Giants defense last night against the Chicago Bears. Going into halftime, the team had allowed 24 points, two touchdowns to Bears' WR Brandon Marshall and a last second field goal that pushed Chicago's lead to 24-14.
But after it was all said and done, Big Blue only allowed another three points in the second half and kept QB Jay Cutler and the potent Bears offense, relatively in check. While the defense was able to stop the bleeding, it didn't transfer over to the offense and the Giants would ultimately lose their sixth straight game this season and remain winless, with the final score tallying 27-21.
Looking at the statistics, the Giants did almost everything right.
Take away QB Eli Manning's pick six in the first quarter, and the Giants really only allowed 21 points; not a terrible performance on the road in one of the league's tougher stadiums to play in at Soldier Field.
Cutler was accurate with his passes, completing 24-for 36 through the air, while RB Matt Forte was steamrolled multiple times throughout the night and finished with only 67 yards on 19 carries. To give the Giants defense even more credit, Cutler threw for 179 in the first two quarters and finished the night with 262....yes that is correct; the Giants allowed only 83 yards passing in the second half.
After Marshall's first two touchdowns in the first half, it seemed like the Giants secondary had locked down on him and he was not a factor late in the game.
CB's Prince Amukamara and Terrell Thomas had strong games, while S Antrel Rolle and S Will Hill did a good job of protecting big plays down the field.
New to the Giants, LB Jon Beason, who was acquired from the Carolina Panthers a couple of weeks ago, had an impressive performance in his debut. Beason finished with 11 solo tackles, he was strong on his reads and could be a useful option at the MLB position as long as he can stay healthy.
However, problems still exist on defense; mostly the presence on the defensive line.
The Giants couldn't get to Cutler the entire night and finished without a sack...and they didn't even come close. DE's Justin Tuck and Jason Pierre-Paul were irrelevant once again, giving Cutler all the time in the world to make a play. The defensive line is lucky that the secondary was able to pick up the slack and keep points off of the board. LB Mathias Kiwanuka accounted for the only hits to Cutler, but it was after he had hauled the ball away.
With many calling for the firing of defensive coordinator Perry Fewell, the Giants defense was not terrible last night.
Yes, they have given up 25+ points in each of their six games this season, but not all of the blame can placed on the defensive squad. With all of the turnovers, they have been forced-fed poor field position, leaving them vulnerable to points.
It is a shame that they got off to such a slow start, because on a night when they were doing everything right and could have possibly protected a lead that would secure the team's first win; their offense was doing everything wrong.