Here’s the sequence at the end of the first half of the Week 6 win over the Giants. It was a poorly executed sequence and could have been really costly for the Bears:
2nd and 1 from NY 43 (1:59) Forte runs off left guard for no gain.
3rd and 1 from NY 43 (1:11) Michael Bush off right guard for 2 yards.
1st and 10 from NY 41 (0:39) Cutler to Brandon Marshall for 13 yards.
1st and 10 from NY 28 (0:16) Cutler to Matt Forte for 6 yards
2nd and 4 from NY 24 (0:11) Cutler pass intended for Earl Bennett in back of end zone incomplete
3rd and 4 from NY 24 (0:06) Robbie Gould’s 40 yard field goal is GOOD.
Bears 24 – Giants 14
The Bears got points out of the drive, but when you consider that the Bears had the ball at the Giants 43 with 2 minutes left, you’d think they would get more than 1 shot at the end zone. This is where they mismanaged the clock and looked uncharacteristically disorganized.
They blew 48 second between their second down attempt and Michael Bush’s third down conversion. They went on burn another 32 seconds to get from the 3rd down conversion to the first down throw to Marshall. Marshall was tackled in bounds and the Bears burned another 23 seconds to get the next pass play off to Matt Forte before they finally spent their last time out.
I watched the end of the Patriots-Saints game on Sunday and watching Brady execute the 2-minute offense, leading his team to a decisive score was impressive. In order for the Bears to develop that killer instinct and not waste opportunities and leave points on the field, they need to sharpen this up.