Bears vs. Jets Recap
The Bears played in New York and won for the second straight week. The beloved pitched a shut out running their record to 9-1 by the score of 10-0. This game was all about defense with neither team scoring in the first half. The Jets kept the Bears in check with a constant stream of blitzers and the Bears kept the Jets in check because they are so damn good.
After watching the Jets fluster Tom Brady into turnovers last week, Ron Turner kept it simple today and kept the ball on the ground most of the game. Jones ran the ball 23 times for 121 yards and Benson added 10 carries for 51 more yards. While they moved the chains and kept the clock running, it was Mark Bradley that put the points on the board when he turned a 6 yard catch into a 57 yard TD scramble. The Jets were blitzing their safeties all game long and all it took was one broken tackle to spring free. The most important stat is that the Bears didn't turn the ball over once although Jones almost lost a fumble that was turned over upon review.
Grossman played a smart if not spectacular game. He finished 11/22 for 119 yards and 1 TD. He struggled recognizing the Jets defenses but the Jets deserve credit for their defensive plan and execution. Grossman rarely had much time to throw the ball even though the OL played a very good game. The Jets got most of their pressure from LBers and safeties running over or around our RB's. Rex took care of the ball and picked up a few key third downs through the air.
Mark Bradley led the Bears in receiving catching 4 balls for 80 yards. Berrian played sparingly and looked timid with his rib injury so it was important that Bradley step up and make plays. Moose had a nice 28 yard catch in the middle of the field.
They only put 10 points on the board but it was a smart plan well executed against a team they knew couldn't beat their defense.
The Bears D threw their second shut out of the year. The Jets were able to move the ball with short out routes but couldn't keep drives alive when reaching Bear territory. The Jets had trouble establishing the run getting 108 yards on 30 attempts with 28 yards coming on a reverse from Tim Dwight. The Bears came away with two key INTs to stop Jet drives that were in scoring position. Urlacher made another athletic play over the middle of the end zone to stop one drive. The other stopped when Alex Brown scared Pennington into throwing a floater to Nathan Vasher.
The entire secondary played an excellent game. They gave up the short routes but made solid tackles and refused to give up a big play. Charles Tillman left the game for a series or two after getting knocked out by teammate Todd Johnson. Luckily he is all right and does not have a concussion.
Mark Anderson and Adewale Ogunleye each scored sacks on Pennington. That brings rookie Anderson up to 8.5 sacks for the year. He is really playing outstanding and in contention for defensive rookie of the year.
ON SPECIAL TEAMS:
Maynard had another subpar day punting as he always does in NY. Gould connected on his only attempt, a chipshot from the 2 yard line. Coverage teams were excellent. Hester did a good job of not fielding punts that he shouldn't. He had one return for 7 yards.
Although many fans will probably be concerned about the offense, I think it was a brilliant performance and plan against an inferior team. The Bears protected the ball and played field position football. I am impressed that Ron Turner could reign in his big play happy plans for an entire game. The final game of this three game trip on the east coast will be the toughest. The New England Patriots await the Bears next week after ripping the Packers in a 35-0 rout. It should be a tough close game and it will take the Bears best football to win.