Cutler led drives of 80 and 92 yards and passed for a touchdown. After the game, he tried to maintain some perspective after hearing the criticism last week:
“It’s preseason. Everyone got a little excited last week when we didn’t produce but we looked OK tonight. There’s still room for improvement, so we’re going to go back to work. We’re coming together as an offense. We’re not quite there yet.”
“We’re kind of coming together, myself and the line, you know, with how I can move in the pocket, and when I can step up, when I can take off. It doesn’t happen overnight. We’ve got some new linemen, new receivers, a new quarterback. We’re all trying to figure it out.
Chicago’s new starting QB badly outplayed the Giants Eli Manning. He dismissed suggestions that the Giants struggled due to their short practice week:
“That’s no excuse. We were prepared and we looked at everything. We just didn’t execute. Too many negative plays.
The Bears have long prided themselves on their tenacious defense, and this game was no exception. They held the Giants to eleven first downs and left New York coach Tom Coughlin clueless for answers:
“We got beat. We have no excuses.”
The value of a solid passing game in Chicago should be obvious to any NFL fan”with the long absent passing threat, opposing defenses can no longer put 8 or 9 men in the box to stop the Bears productive rushing attack.
New York begins the NFL regular season traveling to play the Washington Redskins on September 13th, while the Bears also start their schedule on the road playing against traditional rivals Green Bay.