You’ve heard the old saying does a Bear @-/ in the woods, I think one may have in his pants tonight and his name is Jay Cutler. Cutler entered the game with the #1 offense with a 3-0 record; however he left at half time with a concussion, 42 yards and an interception. On a night that meant so much to the Giants as they inducted Michael Strahan into the ring of honor, Michael’s good friend and former teammate Osi Umeniyora led the defense with a barrage of sacks and a 17-3 Giant win. The Giants had 10 sacks in the game (8 of them in the first half) and Osi had three of them trying to show everyone that he is truly back. Umeniyora got the start tonight as Mathius Kiwanuka was out and if Osi has his way he will stay out. Osi played like a man possessed tonight constantly in the backfield along with his teammates all night. “Da Bears” never had a chance in this one, in fact their offense never converted a 3rd down play all game going 0-13. The Bears in the first half on 22 plays had only 5 yards of total offense.
As great as the defense was for the G-Men, the offense was equally as bad only putting up 3 pts at half time. The Giants finally got it going in the 3rd quarter on a 90 yard drive started by Hakeem Nicks who grabbed a 21 yard catch for a first down and the drive culminated with a hard charging TD run by Ahmad Bradshaw fighting for yards and being carried in by Chris Snee. Bradshaw had a strong night leading the rushing attack with 129 yards on 23 carries. Even though Bradshaw was great at times, when he got hurt, Brandon Jacobs replaced him by fumbling the first handoff given to him. Jacobs eventually got it going and finished with 62 yards and a 4th quarter 2 yard TD that put the game away.
Discipline again hurt the Giants at key times as Jonathan Goff had two penalties on one play negating Jason Pierre Paul’s first ever interception. Luckily Deon Grant picked off a play to end their drive and the mistake never hurt them. Special teams remained atrocious as punter Matt Dodge fumbled his first punt, got it back and instead of running for the easy first down kicked it away. The specials also missed a chip shot field goal by Tynes in the first half.
Coming into this game Giants fans were not sure what kind of team they had this year, while many may see this game as a sloppy played, low scoring affair, tonight the Giants did get back to their roots with a relentless pass rush and a strong running game. Perry Fewell’s crew looked alot like Parcells ’86 defense tonight and maybe is starting to come into their own. Hakeem Nicks is starting to quietly become one of the best, most electrifying receivers in the game and Bradshaw continues to defy the odds as a former 7th round pick. With this win against the Bears, the Giants move back into a NFC East first place tie with the Skins and Eagles. Up next an away game against the Houston Texans, looking forward to seeing which Giants team shows up next week.
About the Author
Written by Dennis Napoliello
Graduate of Providence College with a BS degree in Business Administration. While at Providence College, I co hosted the #1 radio program titled "The Sports Page". I make my living in the fitness industry as National Vice President of Sales at David Barton Gym located in New York City. On a personal note, I have been a long standing Giants fan as my family has held season tickets since the opening of Giants Stadium in 1976. I now own the tickets and enjoy going to the game with my three children (Peyton, Trevor and Camryn), wife (Michelle), Dad (Al) and brother in law (Chris). Other than college, I have lived my entire life in NJ and currently reside in Roxbury, NJ. My objective with this blog is to have fun writing, along with my two sons, about the team we love, and to be as objective as possible always trying to give you the fans point of view,