The Chicago Bears are now 2-8 following Sunday's 22-16 loss to the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium.
The Bears led 16-6 midway through the second half and took a 16-9 lead into halftime. Yet, as has happened all too often this season, the wheels came off in the second half.
After tallying 214 total yards in the first half, the Bears amassed just 101 yards in the second half. They had 88 yards rushing in the first half and just 5 rushing yards in the second half.
Offensively, the Bears punted on four of their six second-half possessions, while the other two resulted in a missed field goal and a game-ending interception. Chicago's defense could not hold a seven-point lead, giving up touchdowns on New York's first two possessions of the second half, which is all the Giants needed to hand the Bears their fifth loss in their last six outings.
TE Zach Miller
On the first drive of the game, the Bears lined up at the 19-yard line and QB Jay Cutler fired a pass over the top of the defense to Miller running up the right seam. Miller used his off-arm to shield the defender, while using his other arm to make the one-handed touchdown grab. The following drive, Cutler again found Miller down the middle, this time for a 34-yard completion that led to a field goal. Miller led the Bears with 61 receiving yards before leaving the game in the third quarter with a broken foot. His season is likely over but Miller showed that, when healthy, he's a legitimate starting tight end in the NFL, as he currently leads the team in receptions and receiving touchdowns.
First-Half Dowell Loggains
Offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains committed to the rushing attack in the first half, despite New York's 9th-ranked run defense. Loggains called 17 rushes in the first half - the Bears were averaging less than 22 carries per game coming into the contest - which helped the Bears control the time of possession and build a seven-point halftime lead. The Bears averaged 5.2 yards per carry in the first half and Loggains called three more runs than passes. Life was good following 30 minutes of football.
RB Jordan Howard
Howard was his typical bruising self, showing power at the point of attack, great vision and patience on stretch runs, and outstanding one-cut burst. He also leaped over a defender on a 10-yard run, showing fluidity and light feet for a 223-pound running back. Howard did drop three passes, which is concerning, but throughout this season he's been by far the most dependable offensive player on this roster.
ILBs Danny Trevathan and Jerrell Freeman
Freeman and Trevathan combined for 21 total tackles in the game. Freeman was dependable between the tackles, filling gaps and helping hold the Giants to just 3.5 yards per carry. Trevathan was outstanding against receivers and backs after the catch, and saved first downs on three separate occasions due to his open-field prowess.
Second-Half Dowell Loggains
The Giants stacked the line of scrimmage throughout the second half, effectively taking Howard out of the game, and Loggains had no answer. He called just six runs in the second half and ran the ball just once in the 4th quarter, despite never being behind by more than 6 point at any point in the game. The score did not dictate Loggains' playcalling -- something both him and head coach John Fox consistently use as an excuse for the lack of balance on offense -- yet Howard was once again under-utilized in the second half. For a team that has lost nearly every good player on offense, consistently ignoring your only viable weapon is borderline criminal, and will likely cost Loggains his job this upcoming off-season.
OTs Charles Leno and Mike Adams
The Bears did a good job keeping Cutler upright in the first half but it was a different story the final two quarters. Offensive tackles Charles Leno and Mike Adams were pushovers against New York pass rushers Jason Pierre-Paul and Olivier Vernon, resulting in Cutler being sacked four times. Leno has been solid all year, so we'll write this one off as a bad game, but Adams is a liability. Bobby Massie cannot get healthy fast enough.
OLB Pernell McPhee
McPhee said this week that Chicago's pass rush was going "tear up" Eli Manning. McPhee finished with 1 total tackle, no sacks and 1 QB hit. In fact, the Bears didn't sack Manning once and hit him just four times the entire game. Willie Young and Sam Acho were invisible, as was the entire Bears front seven on passing downs, giving Manning just enough time to lead the Giants to victory.
QB Jay Cutler
Cutler had two beautiful throws to Miller in the first half but once the offensive line started to fold, so did Cutler. In the second half, he didn't complete a pass until 2:08 left in the third quarter and started to get happy feet even when the pass rush was contained. He put the game away for good on the team's final drive, throwing a wounded duck into coverage, which Giants S Landon Collins intercepted. The Giants dared Cutler to beat them in the second half and, with no help from the run game or pass protection, he crumbled.
CB Sherrick McManis
The Bears lost NB Cre'Von LeBlanc to a concussion and Tracy Porter had to leave briefly in the third quarter for a few snaps after banging his knee. With Porter out, the Bears were forced to put Sherrick McManis in the slot, and he promptly gave up a 48-yard completion to Victor Cruz.