Tim Folliard – Sports Editor
CHICAGO – The Bears joined eleven remaining undefeated teams in the NFL after beating the Giants 17 to 13. All the Bears points were scored in the first half and they never trailed. It was the first game of the season played at home without fans.
Bears running back David Montgomery was the bright spot on offense. He caught a touchdown pass from Mitch Trubisky, cut back and evaded several Giants defenders. Montgomery waltzed into the end zone practically untouched.
However, Montgomery experienced a scary moment in the second quarter. He attempted to hurdle a Giants defender but was upended and hit in the air by another defender. Montgomery landed directly on his head and was taken into the locker room for further evaluation. Fortunately, he was able to return to the game.
It was a different story for the Giants’ running back Saquan Barkley. Barkley exited the game in the second quarter with a knee injury. MRI results showed that Barkley tore his ACL and is done for the rest of the season.
Barkley was named Rookie of the Year and was a Pro Bowl selection in 2018. He has rushed for over 1,000 yards during his first two seasons in the NFL. The injury is a major blow to the Giants.
“Definitely tough to see anyone go down, especially a guy that works as hard as Saquon does,” Giants quarterback Daniel Jones said. “I know he’ll attack any challenge, and we’re all here to support him.”
It was a good day for the Bears defense. Robert Quinn forced a fumble that was recovered by Khalil Mack. Sunday was Quinn’s first game on the Bears. He was signed this offseason with a $70 million contract.
The secondary was stellar as well. Deon Bush had his first career interception and Eddie Jackson broke up a pass on the final play of the game.
Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky’s play was solid. He threw two touchdown passes, including one where he kept the play alive and threw a dart to wide receiver Darnell Mooney in the end zone.
However, Trubisky did end the day with two interceptions. Both of those interceptions came in the second half. One was a deflected pass over the middle, and the other was ripped out of wide receiver Allen Robinson’s arms.
The Giants pushed for a comeback late, adding on 10 points in the 4th quarter. But despite not scoring at all in the second half, the Bears were able to hang on for the win.
“The way it went with scoring no points in the second half, it certainly doesn’t feel as exciting as it was last week when we won with a comeback and scoring all our points in the fourth quarter,” Bears head coach Matt Nagy said. “But I also told our guys, now listen, it is not easy to win in this league. I don’t care who you’re playing and we’re 2-0.”
The Bears first two games have come against weaker teams. The Giants and the Lions each had 12 losses in 2019. Alas, the Bears are 2-0 for the first time since 2013. They continue their season next week against the winless Falcons.