Just a few odds and ends before I wrap up for the night:
Even with all of those hits on the quarterbacks – including two on Todd Collins by Jon Goff and Michael Boley that knocked him out of the game – the biggest crunch came on special teams when Gerris Wilkinson clobbered Johnny Knox on a kickoff return. Big hit.
I’m not sure that Darius Reynaud is the Giants’ answer to their return game. That’s putting it kindly. He averaged 2.8 yards per punt return, including one in which he tried to field it on a bounce and nearly handed it right to a Bears gunner. He also had two kickoff returns for an average of 22.0 yards with a long of 24. Something’s gotta change there.
The Giants had 10 sacks, but I’ll be curious to see if they eventually get credit for an 11th. That’s because on third-and-18 from the 40 late in the second quarter Jay Cutler was flushed from the pocket by Barry Cofield. Just before Cutler was run out of bounds in front of the Giants’ bench, he lamely tossed the ball in the air to avoid a 2-yard loss. The officials huddled up a bit and ruled it an incomplete pass. But then they spotted the ball at the 39 for a loss of a yard on the punt. The Bears kicked it away, but if there really was a loss of a yard there, then that needs to be a sack.
Speaking of Cofield getting robbed, he should get credit for the team’s sixth sack earlier in that quarter. He was the one who pressured Cutler towards the sideline and dove at him as Cutler ran out of bounds (without throwing it this time) for a 2-yard loss. Jonathan Goff, who was coming up on Cutler, got “credit” for the sack. Both of those scoring decisions might change later in the week when Elias gets a chance to take a look at the plays.
Ahmad Bradshaw’s best run of the day was the 25-yarder the play before his touchdown run. He came around through the right side of the line and cut off a great block by Rich Seubert on Lance Briggs, then scooted left and left Julius Peppers in the dust before being run down at the 3.
By the way, the Bears came into the game without having allowed a run over 18 yards this season. The Giants had four of them, two each by Bradshaw and Brandon Jacobs.