New York Giants Sack Jay Cutler 9 Times In First Half, Win 17-3 Over Chicago Bears
October 4th, 2010-  By Bryan Cross

It seemed as if Chicago Bears’ quarterback Jay Cutler spent more time on the ground than on his feet during the first half of their Sunday Night game with the New York Giants.  That, was until he sustained a hit that took him out of the game in a loss to the Giants 17-3 to knock Chicago from the ranks of the undefeated.

Defensive lineman Osi Umenyiora and Justin Tuck each tabbed three sacks on the night, part of a nine-sack effort by the New York defense in the first half of play.  After Cutler was taken out of the game with a concussion, the Giants defense continued to attack back up Todd Collins.

“It’s fun to watch our defense when they are doing that,” remarked New York quarterback Eli Manning after the game. “When they get the sacks, it gets the crowd fired up. They set the tempo early on in the game, played outstanding. We had to help them out sometime and we did a decent job.”

Now, the only team left without a loss in the NFL are the Kansas City Chiefs.

The story in this one was the Giants defense, who picked up the struggling offense on the night to ensure that New York did not fall into a 1-3 hole through four games of the 2010 NFL Season.

“We just came out tonight and forgot about what all the people were saying about us and got back to having fun on the football field,” Tuck said after the game.

While Manning did not play well, completing 18 of 30 passes for just 195 yards and fumbling twice, running back Ahmad Bradshaw came up big.  On the night Bradshaw carried the ball 23 times for 129 yards and a touchdown.  Running back Brandon Jacobs also added the other touchdown for the Giants.

“Coach Coughlin has been preaching all week, it’s time to get back to Giants football,” New York safety Antrel Rolle said after the game. “Cut all the media talk, cut out all the things that can cause distractions to this team, and let’s just come together and play ball, because it’s about that time.”

On the other side of the equation, the Bears are left wondering just what exactly happened to their pass protection.

“You get pressured like that, it’s tough to do anything,” Chicago head coach Lovie Smith said.

Those sentiments were shared by his lineman.

“We tried everything we could,” Chicago center Olin Kreutz stated after the game. “Give the Giants all the credit in the world. They played lights out tonight.”

Entering the game, the Bears were set as a 3.5-point favorite on USA Online Sportsbooks and NFL Weekly Betting Odds.  The installed over/under prior to kickoff was set 44 points, going the under.

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