2020 Week 2 Analysis: Giants @ Bears (By Ross Jacobs)
Ross Jacobs has been an FFM correspondent on NFL games and NFL Draft matters for the past few years. He is going to be writing up some of his notes on various games he’s watching/studying this year. Typically, he will have written/submitted his work before mine, so this is a look at the same game with different eyes...and you can compare and contrast or find some new takeaways.
-What a boring game. The Bears were solidly the better team, but they simply got a 17-0 lead and sat on it the rest of the game. The poor Giants moved the ball late with the Bears in prevent defense, and then James Bradbury came down with a lucky INT through Allen Robinson's hands, but it still wasn't enough to get the Giants a win. They were lucky the score was as close as it was.
-Trubisky looks pretty decent now huh? Funny how that can happen when you get him decent protection and stop running boring old concepts all day. He got some more run attempts here, but I really would like to see Nagy mix in more option stuff instead of these straight ahead power runs. Get him onto the edge, and give him license to take off more if his first or second read isn't there. Trubisky should really be playing a similar style game to other mobile QB's. Short easy reads and then run, lots of play action and deception. That's what he is best at.
-The Bears finally seem to have mixed up their offense at least early in games. I still noticed that Matt Nagy went right back to boring stuff as soon as he had a late lead. He's just like Andy Reid was for years, and it's going to cost the Bears some wins. Why would you start with a creative offense, put up a bunch of points, and then stop using the creative stuff that got you your lead? It continually baffles me how success-averse some of these head coaches are, but it's a fact. The Bears have the talent to compete with most teams, but this conservative tendency late in games is going to be their downfall.
-David Montgomery had a good day statistically, but almost all his work came on Chicago's final drive where he just followed his blockers to the second level. Don't count on that to continue. He's still a poor to average back, and Cohen and Patterson are getting most of the early work and passing game stuff. If the Bears truly wanted to maximize their success they would bench Montgomery and just run with the other two the entire game.
-This Giants team depresses me to watch. They were already pitiful, and now they've lost their only exciting player for the year. The Giants may not win another game this year. Dave Gettleman should have been fired years ago, but if he makes it through this year you know Giants ownership has lost it. This team to my eyes is the absolute worst unit in the league along with the other New York team, the Jets.
-The Bears overall aren’t a horrible team, but they aren’t a good team either. With a few changes I think they could flirt with 9-7, but otherwise they’ll be somewhere in the middle of the pack.
-Start any defense playing against the Giants. Seriously. This is about to get ugly. The only thing keeping defenses honest was the threat of Saquon Barkley breaking off a long run. Teams are going to wreck Daniel Jones's life now. There is so much turnover and sack potential here every week it's amazing.
-I'd hang in there with Allen Robinson for the moment. The ball is getting moved around a lot right now, but he'll get his chances. You can't trade him for anything on name value alone, so there's really no choice but to hold him and hope for better days ahead. The Falcons are a great opportunity to right this ship.