Beat up Bears fall flat in the second half against New York

Beat up Bears fall flat in the second half against New York
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 20: Jay Cutler #6 of the Chicago Bears scrambles against the New York Giants during their game at MetLife Stadium on November 20, 2016 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

No one will talk about how hard Jay Cutler played on Sunday afternoon in New York.

Instead, everyone will say, “there’s the old Jay” who threw an interception into triple coverage as the Bears fell on the road 22-16 to the Giants.

Already playing without his top two wide receivers in Alshon Jeffery and Kevin White and two starting linemen in Kyle Long and Bobby Massie, life got worse for the Bears’ offense late in the first half. Also, Dowell Loggains’ predictable play calling sure didn’t help the cause.

Tight end Zach Miller recorded three grabs for 61 yards and a touchdown on the game’s opening drive. He limped to the locker room at the end of the second quarter with a right foot injury. John Fox said his foot was broken in the post game press conference.

Then, in the second half left guard Josh Sitton left with a right ankle injury via the cart.

Only Charles Leno Jr. and Cody Whitehair remained as starting offensive linemen from Week 1. Eric Kush, Ted Larsen and Mike Adams were the fill-ins.

Cutler got smacked in the second half with four sacks. Adams and Leno both struggled and when Cutler did find time, his pass catchers let him down time and time again. Marquess Wilson had an ugly drop on 3rd and long while Jordan Howard did as well later in the game.

The Bears finished 4-of-12 on the third down and their only real chance at points came on a missed 51-yard field goal by Connor Barth.

Wilson redeemed himself with a 35-yard catch on their final drive of the game. Two straight incompletions and a holding call by Larsen moved the Bears back. Then, Josh Bellamy came up with a big 23-yard catch.

But Cutler was sacked following the two-minute warning and the Cameron Meredith’s illegal shift penalty moved them back. The next play wrapped things up for the Giants as Cutler slipped during his throwing process. He eyed Wilson the whole way despite triple coverage as Landon Collins picked off the pass.

Again, quick highlights will show the Cutler pick and make it seem like he is the reason they lost. I’m not here to defend him anymore because I don’t think the 33-year-old is the future. However, he played very well considering the lack of talent around him.

Drops and awful protection in the second half did this team in. Plus, Howard found very little running room at all over the final 30 minutes.

The Bears scored 16 points on its first three possessions and then didn’t score again. Leading 16-9 at the half, they allowed 16 unanswered points to end the game.

Vic Fangio’s defense performed pretty well. Cre’Von LeBlanc left the game with a concussion and Demontre Hurst replaced him. Tracy Porter exited briefly and special teams ace Sherrick McManis came in for him.

The secondary is lacking playmakers and that is more evident each week. Adrian Amos dropped a gimme interception and Hurst could have had a potential pick-six late in the game.

Leonard Floyd’s neck injury forced him onto the stretcher and onto the cart. The first round rookie has five sacks this season and really was starting to come on.

Here’s an update on Floyd from WGN Radio’s Adam Hoge.

Assessing the roster will be tougher with so many key players and high picks going down.

The Bears welcome Tennessee to town next Sunday. At 2-8, these last six games should be played like it is a new season. In the first half against New York, the Bears sure came out that way.

We’ll see how this group responds under head coach John Fox and the rest of these coaches that are going to be watched closely by Bears’ management. No job is secure.

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