When the worst offensive line and best defensive line take the field at the same time, the result is a miserable quarterback. The New York Giants may not have the best pass rush until Osi Umenyiora returns from knee surgery, but the Chicago Bears definitely own the worst offensive line. Jay Cutler will get a workout on Sunday night as he runs for his life.
Last week against the Buffalo Bills, the Bears first string offensive line allowed three sacks in the first two possessions of the ball game. That was against a Bills pass rush that ranked 27th in the NFL last season in sacks. Sure, they added Shawne Merriman, but Lights Out has done nothing since he’s been off the juice.
The Giants pass rush is a different animal. Against the Carolina Panthers, they recorded four sacks, two coming from second-year defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul. The freak athlete out of Southern Florida has plenty of talent around him to help overwhelm the Bears offensive line.
New York selected defensive tackle Marvin Austin in the draft whose potential is through the roof because of his unique combination of size and athletic ability. Throw in Pierre-Paul and Austin with Justin Tuck and Mathias Kiwanunka, and again, Cutler is done.
Chicago’s number one need going into the offseason was their offensive line and they managed to get worse. Sure, they added Gabe Carimi in the first round of the draft which is a major addition for the future, but the loss of Olin Kreutz negates any positive Carimi brings to the table. Kreutz was the Bears’ best offensive lineman for years; Chicago won’t just suffer after losing his talent, but his leadership and intelligence as well.
Lovie Smith’s best bet is to sit Cutler because this matchup has the potential to get ugly early.
- David Daniels