You knew when former Bears quarterback Mike Glennon was leading a putrid New York Giants offense into town, good things were bound to happen.
As it turned out, it took only two plays for the Bears to take advantage of the opportunity. Trevis Gipson sacked Glennon — one of Gipson’s two sacks on Sunday — and forced a fumble on the Giants’ first offensive play of the game. The Bears recovered, and one play later, David Montgomery punched it into the end zone for a 2-yard touchdown. That would be all the points the Bears would need as they cruised to a 29-3 victory against the woeful Giants.
I know the media likes to get cute and use the term “revenge game” anytime an athlete returns to a city in which he once played. But the truth is that this never was going to end successfully for Glennon and the Giants. They’re too bad.
The former Bears quarterback finished the game with 4 completions on 11 attempts, two interceptions, four fumbles with two lost, and a whopping 5.3 passer rating.
Glennon was sacked four times by a motivated Bears defense, which really set the tone for the game from the outset. Aside from Gipson, Angelo Blackson got Glennon once and Robert Quinn picked up his Bears-record 18th sack of the year as well.
Giants running back Saquon Barkley had 102 yards on the ground. But given that accounted for 67% of the team’s offense, that was not a bad outing for the Bears defense.
Getting the start for Justin Fields, Andy Dalton completed 18 of 35 pass attempts for 173 yards, a touchdown and interception. He had just a 63.1 passer rating. The Bears, like the Giants, focused on running the football as Montgomery carried the rock 22 times but managed just 64 yards. He did score two touchdowns in the process.
Darnell Mooney led the Bears receivers with 69 yards and a touchdown on 7 receptions. Allen Robinson was back, but he struggled to get anything going, catching just 4 balls for 35 yards. The Bears, while picking up a big victory, had just 249 total yards of offense.
You can’t take a lot away from that game. As the expression goes, you can only play the teams on your schedule. So, it’s not the Bears fault they were slated to play such a bad Giants team. Despite the lack of eye-popping statistics, the Bears beat up on the Giants and never left a doubt as to the outcome of the game.
The Bears have just one more game this year, and I know that brings a lot of joy for the angry, pitchfork-wielding fans ready for heads to roll this offseason. I’m never happy when a Bears season ends, no matter how good or bad they played during the season.
There’s hope that Fields will recover in time to play in the season finale against the Vikings. That ought to give Bears fans one more chance to see what the future could look like.
And then following next week’s game, all bets are off and change could be headed our way.