It was a tale of two quarters on Monday night when the Bears faced the Jets at MetLife Stadium, as the first half was really where most of the excitement was. Luckily for the Bears, they were able to use a 14-point first quarter and earn their second win of the season, outlasting the Jets 27-19.
The scoring started early when the Bears’ Ryan Mundy intercepted Geno Smith on just the second play of the game. Mundy would take the ball 45 yards the other way to put Chicago up 7-0. Smith would throw another interception later in the game, though none seemed to be as costly as the one that took the life out of MetLife Stadium in the first few minutes after kickoff.
After forcing the Jets to kick once they got the ball back, Jay Cutler than only needed 21 seconds and 3 plays to orchestrate a 40-yard drive that ended in a 7-yard pass to Martelius Bennett. The score was no 14-0 and the 1-1 Jets looked to be getting blown out on national television.
However, things would settle down for the Jets in the second quarter. Nick Folk would hit his second field goal on the day at the 9:57 mark to bring things to 17-6, as the Jets would try and claw back into things. Just six minutes later Smith would hit Jeremy Kerley for a 19-yard pass that brought the score to 17-13. Just before halftime, it looked like we had quite the game on our hands.
We wouldn’t see much scoring in the second half. However, Cutler would find the Bennett once again in the end zone, this time after a 6-play, 80-yard drive. We were less than five minutes into the second half and the Bears had once again taken a big 11-point lead.
Nick Folk would once again come in and hit two more field goals, once to end the third and the other six minutes into the fourth. However, just like before, as soon as the Jets started to crawl back, the Bears tightened things up. Cutler would get the ball right back, chew six minutes off the clock, and then Robbie Gould hit a 45-yard field goal to put things out of reach.
The Bears have now won two games in a row in impressive fashion. Last week they were able to beat the 49ers on the road, and this week they were able to handle a Jets team at home on Monday Night Football. In the first three games of the season, Cutler has averaged 255 yards passing per game, which is good enough for 12th in the league. His defense is playing equally as good, holding opponents to just 199.5 yards passing, which is 8th lowest overall.
Things looked good for the Jets when they started the season with a win against Oakland. However, they’ve now lost two straight, including last weekend to a Green Bay team that has also struggled early this year. The good news for New York is that their 179 yards rushing per game is tops in the league. However, their 178 yard passing average is 30th. On defense, their run stop is equally as impressive, as they lead the league with just 52.5 rushing yards against per game.
Next week the Jets will play another tough NFC North team in the Lions. Detroit has started the season 2-1, and are tied atop the division with Chicago. As for the Bears, they’ll welcome Green Bay to town for a NCF divisional showdown. Don’t forget to check back with sportspicks.com handicappers to find out more insight to all of next weekends games before kickoff.
Next weeks games for the NFC could be very telling for how things play this season. The Packers started the season with some of the top odds in the league to win the Super Bowl. However, after a dismal 1-2 start, they’ve fallen to 20/1 odds. As for the Bears and Lions, they both sit at 30/1. These numbers will surely shake up a bit more after next weekends games.