Report Card vs. Giants

Despite a 28-21 victory, the Bears performance against the Giants was met with mixed reviews. The highest grade for any area was an A, while one phase of the game received a D.

PASSING OFFENSE
D -- Craig Krenzel's second start netted just 105 passing yards when his five sacks for minus-35 yards are subtracted. He had one TD pass and didn't throw an interception, but he lost two fumbles, the first of which led to a Giants touchdown. David Terrell was the only Bears receiver with more than one catch. No passes were caught by Bears tight ends.

RUSHING OFFENSE
C -- It took awhile to get anything going on the ground, but to the Bears' credit they kept at it and eventually accumulated 122 rushing yards, including 110 from Anthony Thomas, making his first start for injured Thomas Jones. Thomas scored twice, once on a 41-yard run.

PASS DEFENSE
A -- Kurt Warner was sacked seven times, including four by DE Alex Brown, and he was hurried or hit on many other occasions. The Bears also picked off two Warner passes, both of which led to short field goals.

RUSH DEFENSE
B-minus -- Tiki Barber (72 yards on 21 carries) was kept under control for most of the afternoon as the Bears held a second straight opponent under 100 yards on the ground after permitting four of the previous five to rush for more than 135 yards.

SPECIAL TEAMS
C-plus -- P Brad Maynard, who is having a career year, struggled kicking into a gusty wind most of the day, but late in the third quarter he dropped a punt at the 1-yard line near the middle of the field that took a 90-degree bounce and rolled parallel to the goal line, going out of bounds inside the 1. R.W. McQuarters had a 30-yard punt return, but Jerry Azumah struggled with two kickoff returns. PK Paul Edinger converted two chip-shot FG attempts.

COACHING
B -- Defensive coordinator Ron Rivera put pressure on Giants QB Kurt Warner and forced him into seven sacks, two interceptions and a fumble. Offensively, the Bears stuck with the ground game, and the ultra-conservative approach worked when the defense contributed five turnovers to the cause.


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