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The Bears Den: October 11, 2013 - Week 6 news and notes

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Bears hang on to edge Giants, move into first - Larry Mayer: The Bears knew that snapping their two-game losing streak Thursday night against the winless Giants wouldn't be easy, and they were spot on.

A fortuitous work in progress - Michael Wilbon: Coaches rarely will admit publicly what they'll concede privately, that sometimes the best scenario is for a team to win now -- and get good later. That's where the Bears are now.

Defense no longer the Bears’ heartbeat - Adam Hoge: The salary cap exists for a reason and if a GM is going to do whatever is necessary to improve a failing offense, another area of the team has to take a hit.

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Chicago Bears 27, New York Giants 21

Larry Mayer's Game Blog - LM: "Bear Pascoe runs over Isaiah Frey for a 14-yard reception on third-and-five. Frey just tried to block him down and didn't wrap up. DBs coach Jon Hoke went 15 yards out onto the field to yell at Frey."

Winless Giants fall to 0-6 with a loss to the Bears - (AP) The Giants came in leading the league with 20 turnovers. The Bears, who had 14 takeaways when the night began, quickly added to that total. Box score.

Bears hang on to beat Giants 27-21 - Fred Mitchell: The Bears survived a scare from the winless Giants Thursday night at Soldier Field. The Bears improved to 4-2; the Giants fell to 0-6.

Rapid Reaction - Michael C. Wright with a few thoughts on the Bears' 27-21 victory: The Bears are now 24-2 in games since 2005 in which they scored a defensive TD. Locker Room Buzz: "Be a Monster".

Rapid Reaction - Dan Durkin: In what could’ve been considered a ‘lose-lose’ game for the Bears, they protected the ball, kept Cutler clean, capitalized on the Giants mistakes, and snapped their two game losing streak.

Game review - Jeff Dickerson's 5 things we learned vs. Giants.

Stats & Info - What were the three biggest keys to the Bears win over the Giants on Thursday night?

Game notes - The Tribune's drive charts, Three Bears, and Cutler Watch.

Game notes - Larry Mayer: Marshall lifts Bears over Giants with two TD receptions; record-setting Hester; record-tying Gould; roster & injury notes.

Game notes - Bob LeGere: Bowman steps up in Tillman's absence; Trestman experienced in navigating slumps; backups on D-line and more game notes.

Game notes - Adam Hoge: Offense stays clean, but far from perfect; big game for Tim Jennings; Bostic steps up. more game notes.

Game notes - Rich Campbell: Bostic gets first defensive snaps after injury to D.J. Williams; special teams tension; Bowman replaces Tillman' more notes.

Game notes - James Neveau: Missed tackles nearly cost the Bears the game; Trestman's 4th down call; Hester-Gould spat sign of decaying confidence on special teams?

Gould: No hard feelings toward Hester - Jeff Dickerson: Robbie Gould accepted responsibility for triggering a verbal confrontation with Devin Hester during the first half of the Bears’ 27-21 victory Thursday night.

More reaction from the game

Marshall offensive catalyst for Bears' victory - Dan Wiederer: A 4-2 record provides comfort. Marshall's big night provides temporary relief. The need for dramatic improvement, however, remains obvious.

Bears come out on top in battle of inept defenses - David Haugh: History will record Thursday's final score as Bears 27, Giants 21. But in a game that will be remembered for both teams' horrendous defense, it was more a case of Bad beating Worse by six points.

Trestman's passing offense elevates Bears - Bob LeGere: Thursday night was the best example yet of what Marc Trestman's passing offense is supposed to look like, but was barely enough to offset a sometimes-shaky defensive performance.

Dramatic win leaves Bears unsatisfied - Barry Rozner: The Bears couldn't remind the winless Giants that they have nothing to play for by putting the game away early., so it was tight to the end.

Ugly win by Bears, but that's OK - Mike Imrem: The Bears did just enough to beat the woeful Giants. Now, with one game during the next 24 days, they'll have time to work on improving toward making a playoff run.

Bears start playoff 'push' early with 27-21 win over Giants - Moon Mullin: The Bears weren’t necessarily good on Thursday night. They didn’t have to be. They just had to be better than the Giants. And they were.

Bears better than bad - Dan Bernstein: An awful team met an okay team on a Thursday night, and the resulting product was predictably sloppy and unsatisfying, spurring neither grand, new hope or abject misery for the Bears.


From stop to go: Offense comes alive in first half - Mark Potash: From Trestman to Cutler right on down to Fiammetta, the Bears’ offense took a step forward on Thursday night at Soldier Field.

Trestman confident in fourth-down call - Michael C. Wright: Decision could’ve come back to haunt Bears had the Giants scored a TD on their fourth-quarter drive.

Bears offense just good enough - Fred Mitchell: Cutler connected with six receivers as he completed 24 of 36 passes and two TDs but, of most importance, he didn't turn the ball over.

Cutler blossoming from Trestman’s tutelage - Rick Telander: There were no egregious mistakes by Cutler, no brain-locks, as there were four days earlier in the loss to the Saints. Say this, the guy can learn. And, apparently, Marc Trestman can coach.

Marshall too much for Giants’ ‘D’ - Adam L. Jahns: As Trestman’s offense evolves and everyone from Cutler on down becomes more comfortable, the success of Marshall and Jeffery could develop into a pick-your-poison situation for opponents.

Amid scrutiny, Marshall's game speaks the loudest - James Neveau: Brandon Marshall has been in the headlines a lot this week for things he's said, but on Thursday night, his game talked the loudest.


Jennings leads Bears to win with two INTs - Larry Mayer: After delivering a powerful jab that staggered the Giants early, Tim Jennings finished them off with a devastating knockout punch Thursday night at Soldier Field.

Jennings provides early, late pick-me-ups - Patrick Finley: Two-INT CB helped to cover for the loss of Charles Tillman, whose streak of 53 consecutive starts was broken; more notes on defense.

Jennings' two INTs help beat Giants - Rich Campbell: Tim Jennings led a defense that rediscovered a critical component of its winning formula: forcing turnovers and scoring off them.

Bowman steps in for Tillman and shines - Jeff Dickerson: Bowman's early pick marked his first interception since the 2009 season, when he led the Bears with a career-high six.

Tillman sits, but Bowman fills in admirably - Patrick Finley: It took three plays for Zack Bowman to make an impact Thursday night. Seth Gruen: Bostic sees first action on defense.

Bears' front four failures painfully obvious - Steve Rosenbloom: It shouldn't be that hard to beat a team that came in 0-5, but the Bears managed little pressure on Eli Manning and tackled poorly, even for them.

Defense is shaky in victory - Michael C. Wright: In the end, the defense found a way to seal the victory thanks to two interceptions from Jennings and another from Bowman. But the truth is, the Bears can’t always rely on that.

Defense must improve to beat Packers - Brad Biggs: Three interceptions help them survive scare from Giants, but repeat performance will result in loss at Lambeau.

Postgame & audiovidual

[Video] - Highlights from the Bears 27-21 win over the Giants at Soldier Field on Thursday Night Football.

[Video] game highlights - Jay Cutler and a stout defense cause trouble for Eli Manning as the Bears defeat the Giants 27-21 in Week 6 of NFL action.

[Video] highlights - Brandon Marshall caught two TD passes and had 87 receiving yards.

Tales from Twitter - Larry Mayer: See what Bears players and media had to say following Thursday night's win over the Giants.

Bears quotes - Cutler, Marshall, Jennings, Trestman and more. Dan Wiederer's Four downs.

[Video] Jeff Dickerson & Michael C. Wright - Tonto and The Lone Ranger break down the Bears' win against the Giants.

[Video] View from the Moon - Moon Mullin's thoughts on Bears win over Giants.

[Video] PostGame Live: 15 on 6 - Jim Miller: One of Cutler's best games as a Bear.

[Video] PostGame Live - Looking at the scoring drives; concerns about defense. WRs' efforts.

[Audio] - Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic share their thoughts on the Bears' win over the Giants, Jay Cutler's performance, Eli Manning's struggles, New York's 0-6 start and more.

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Flashback: Bears vs. Giants - with a photogallery looking back at some of the most memorable moments in history between the Bears and the Giants.

Game grades

Game grades - Jeff Dickerson's report card for Bears-Giants.

[Video] PostGame Live - The PGL crew pick their Monsters of the Midway.

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