Tom Coughlin, Bill Belichick and Mike McCarthy can feel secure in their position as head coaches in the NFL. Rex Ryan? Andy Reid? Not so much.
Preseason games ordinarily mean very little in the grand scheme of things, but when the Giants face the Bears on Friday night it could reveal a potential challenger for the defending Super Bowl champions.
Few coaches are cut out for this kind of situation. It takes a deft touch and it will need to be defused. You can’t crush Tebowmania, which is what Rex Ryan will try to do if the situation gets out of hand.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell may have to ready his league for a major scandal.
The Chicago Bears’ offensive line couldn’t protect Jay Cutler against the New York Giants last season, and there are doubts whether this time will be any better.
If the Chicago Bears find a way to stop Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick, it could be the confirmation of their status as a contender.
On a night when the Chicago Bears wound up allowing 10 sacks, the most ever for them, Jay Cutler started taking a beating as soon as he stepped on the field.
As the last unbeaten team in the NFC, the Chicago Bears are among the season’s biggest surprises. The New York Giants are probably surprising for the wrong reasons.
The Chicago Bears stamped themselves as contenders in the NFC. And they did it with a big assist from their oldest rival.