New York Giants at Chicago Bears 10/10/13 NFL Score, Recap, News and Notes
Final Score: Chicago Bears 27, New York Giants 21
October 10, 2013
Kicking off the Week 6 NFL action on “Thursday Night Football” were the New York Giants and the Chicago Bears, two NFC forces who both desperately needed a victory. New York was heading into Soldier Field with a winless record, failing to do pretty much anything right over the first five weeks of the season. Meanwhile, the Bears had hit the skids over the last couple of weeks after starting out the season at 3-0. They were coming off a tough home loss to the Saints in Week 5 and looking to get back into the win column in front of the Windy City faithful.
Let’s break down the stats and storylines in this one to see why everything played out like it did. Afterward we’ll look ahead to Week 7 and see what’s in store for both teams.
What Happened: This one almost got out of hand very quickly. Giants QB Eli Manning threw an interception on each of his team’s first two drives, with the second being returned for a touchdown. He calmed down soon after, leading the team on a big scoring drive with the help of rejuvenated RB Brandon Jacobs. Bears QB Jay Cutler responded as he does best: by hooking up with his favorite WR Brandon Marshall for a pair of scoring strikes in the first half. Chicago would take a 10-point lead into the locker room.
The Giants crept back into the game in the waning seconds of the third quarter on a one-yard Jacobs run, cutting the lead to 21-27. That’s as close as they’d be able to get, as one final Manning interception would seal the game and the Giants’ fate.
New York drops to an ugly 0-6, their worst mark since 1976. Chicago, meanwhile, is now 4-2 after snapping a two-game losing skid.
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The Stars: We’ll give Bears CB Tim Jennings top honors here, as his two interceptions kept Manning in check. His pick-six in the first quarter was his second TD of the year.
Helping out on offense was a solid performance from Cutler. He finished 24-for-36 for 262 yards and a pair of passing touchdowns, both to Marshall. Speaking of the Bears’ No. 1 WR, he tallied a team-high nine receptions for 87 yards and the two scores.
RB Matt Forte would chip in out of the backfield with 111 total yards.
In spite of the loss, the Giants can take a couple of positives away. Jacobs finally got the team a running game, with 106 rush yards and a pair of touchdowns. Reuben Randle also came up with some big-time catches, with 75 yards and a TD on three receptions.
The Goats: Manning’s ugly game was frankly a little hard to believe. He’s not usually this bad statistically, especially when he has a solid cushion coming in from the running game. He finished with 239 yards on 14-for-26 passing, with one TD and three interceptions.
Manning now has 15 interceptions on the year, already matching last season’s total.
The Giants defense didn’t really help matters, though; they couldn’t generate any turnovers or sacks, and had just one tackle for a loss--a meager one-yard push-back.
Injuries: The Bears lost LB D.J. Williams in this one, and were already short with CB Charles Tillman, S Anthony Walters and DT Stephen Paea sitting out.
The Giants have some big issues in their backfield, compounded by Da’Rel Scott’s departure during the game. Hopefully he’ll be okay, as fellow RB David Wilson missed this one as well.
Outlook: Even in the ugly-looking NFC East, the Giants have to be losing their last glimmers of hope now. Even an unprecedented win streak wouldn’t guarantee anything. They’ll try to get their first win against the Vikings on Monday night in Week 7.
For the Bears, they’ve got some promising momentum built up for their next game. That’ll be next Sunday afternoon on the road against the Redskins.
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