Bears Reclaim First Place

The Bears win over the Giants Thursday night has them all alone in first place again.
CHICAGO-The Bears knack for generating takeaways saved the day for them again.  Three times Thursday night they picked off Eli Manning on their way to a 27-21 win over the Giants.  Tim Jennings had two of them…one a pick six.

"He got a pick six, and then made another big play in the game," said tight end Martellus Bennett. "That’s what our defense does. It’s kind of like our offense. You never know who’s going to get the ball, but you know someone is going to make a play.
"The bottom line is our defense was able to get the ball turned over to us three times, and offensively we played a very good game," said Bears coach Marc Trestman.

Brandon Marshall got his wish.  He was more involved in the offense.  He had two touchdown catches in the first half.

"We still left a lot out there. We still can get better," says Marshall. "Especially from my standpoint. I was into the slot, they got their hands on me way too much. Even outside I’ve got to work on my release."

Marshall also made good on his promise to wear lime green shoes to help bring awareness to mental illness.

"Tonight man, really bringing awareness to an issue that really affects all of us. It was amazing," said Marshall.

Robbie Gould also played a feature roll in the win.  He booted a 40 yard field goal and a 52 yarder.
The Bears survive a short week and a slew of injuries to raise their record to 4-2 and drop the Giants to 0-6.

"A short week. It was tough on the guys to get up for a Thursday game against an 0-5 team," said Jay Cutler. "We got their best punch. We knew they were going to come out and play us tough."

"It wasn’t all pretty. We know that, and that’s exciting from our standpoint because we know we’ve got a chance to get better," says Trestman.

Yea it was far from a masterpiece, but it is a win, and it does keep the Bears in first place, and now they have a little extra time to rest up and heal up guys like Peanut Tillman before their next game a week from Sunday against another NFC East team the Washington Redskins. At Soldier Field Scott Leber for the Bear Blitz.
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