In what was a thoroughly demonstrative performance by the Giants in a 41-13 win over the Chicago Bears, the improved play on the field was largely overshadowed by the news of cornerback Terrell Thomas being lost for the season with a torn ACL.
In what should be considered a great bounce back effort after last week’s lifeless performance in Carolina, the only thing people will talk about is the injury to Thomas.
Nevertheless, let’s break down the good, the bad and the ugly.
- Brandon Jacobs rumbling his way to 48 yards on six carriesJacobs relieved Ahmad Bradshaw and looked as refreshed as ever. He just did what he always does: Rumble, tumble and drag down defenders. He looked sharp in his 18-yard scamper in the second quarter.
- Goal line and red-zone defenseWhen pushed to the test, the Giants defense stepped up. To no one’s surprise, they were a hungry and an aggressive bunch. They ‘beared’ down (pardon the pun) and got in Jay Cutler and Caleb Hanie’s face all night. The night was punctuated when rookie linebacker Mark Herzlich intercepted a Hanie pass at the three-yard line with 3:07 to go in the fourth quarter.
- Special Teams' fantastic playWhether it was Devin Thomas’ 138 return yards or Greg Jones blocked punt/ fumble recovery, or just the overall sense of urgency from the group, it was refreshing to see this unit not only rebound, but excel.
- Third receivers stepping upVictor Cruz, Domenik Hixon and Devin Thomas all had pleasant games. They combined to record seven receptions for 73 yards and one touchdown. The battle seems to be becoming clearer. Dixon’s five-yard catch was especially impressive as he went high to clutch the ball and had the presence of mind to get both feet in bound and maintain possession.
- The play of David CarrI think Carr made huge strides in making his claim for being backup quarterback. Carr was an efficient 9 for 11 for 84 yards and two touchdowns. He also made a very nice 16-yard run on a 4th and two play to continue a drive in the fourth quarter.
- ... And the capper: Da’Rel Scott’s 97-yard run to put the exclamation point on the night.We all got to see Scott’s blazing speed. His stock was boosted tenfold on just an amazing run (and his only carry!)
There wasn’t too much in the form of the bad category in tonight’s game, but a few things caught my eye.
- Giants still get burned deep in pass coverage.Whether it’s a missed assignment or rust, the secondary got burned on quite a few plays. This can possibly only get worse with the Thomas injury.
- Outside of a late Daniel Coats touchdown grab, the lack of tight end production from Travis Beckum and Bear Pascoe was troubling. They need to step up if the Giants want to have a productive season.
What else? Thomas’ injury
So in what was an otherwise encouraging performance, had to be marred by the devastating blow that was Thomas’ injury. This injury is going to cause shockwaves and Tom Coughlin knows it. He said the team will look for cornerbacks on the market. The injury couldn’t have come at worse time as Prince Amukamara and Bruce Johnson are already suffering from serious injuries, and in Johnson’s case season-ending.
Oh well, bring on the Jets!