Cheers & Jeers: The Chicago Game

GWR's Rick Laughland takes a look at the 38-34 loss to the Bears and what to take away from another tough loss.


Mark Sanchez stepped up and played well for the second consecutive game. #6's only turnover on the day came on the final play of the game as he forced the ball down the left sideline targeting Santonio Holmes with Bears cornerback Chris Harris flying through for the interception. Sanchez threw his first touchdown pass since the New York's Thanksgiving night bout with the Bengals. The Jets second year quarterback fell just shy of providing late game dramatics once again for Gang Green. Sanchez's 84.2 rating was his highest since Week 11 when he earned a 100.2 rating in a last minute comeback against Houston. The Jets offense was clicking on all cylinders, pitted against a top flight Bears defense carried Chicago to 11 victories this season.


On a first and 10 from New York's 38 yard-line, Santonio Holmes carried the ball on a wide receiver reverse chugging towards the left sideline for a three yard gain. Chicago cornerback Tim Jennings wrapped up Holmes for the tackle with the ball squirting out onto the snowy tundra, recovered by Bears safety Chris Harris. New York's turnover was a costly one as Chicago turned the mistake into six points. On the second play of the Bears ensuing drive, quarterback Jay Cutler dropped back in the pocket and slung a pass to Earl Bennett as the ball ricocheted off his back and took a fortuitous bounce into the hands of receiver Johnny Knox for a 13 yard reception. Two plays later, Bears tailback Matt Forte took the handoff for a 22 yard touchdown scamper, extending Chicago's lead to 10-0. The coaching staff benched Holmes for the Jets next offensive series sending him a clear message that he better pay closer attention to ball security.


Jets running backs LaDainian Tomlinson and Shonn Greene ran for two touchdowns Sunday against the Bears. In New York's previous eight games, their running backs produced zero rushing touchdowns.


With 3:06 remaining in the contest, punter Steve Weatherford pinned the Bears at their own five yard-line. Weatherford's boot provided Gang Green with one final opportunity to turn the ball over to their offense to try and win the game.


In an offensive exhibition, a game that saw both teams combined to score 72 points, the Jets came out on the short end of a 38-34 decision. The key was the fact that New York was deficient in pressuring Chicago quarterback Jay Cutler as he threw three touchdowns during a stretch in the third quarter where he completed six passes for over 25 yards.

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