Forget the final score.
The New York Giants' first-team offense was on point against the Chicago Bears on Friday, August 24, even though the G-Men took a 20-17 loss at MetLife Stadium. That's what mattered. Look at it this way -- the Giants outscored the Bears in the first half, 17-7, when the starters for both sides were in the game.
Eli Manning was sharp, gunning 17 of 21 passes for 148 yards and one touchdown. He found Ramses Barden for an 11-yard TD with 5:33 left in the second quarter. Manning also completed five passes to Victor Cruz (28 yards) and checked down to his running backs several times. Furthermore, New York showed balance on offense. First-round pick David Wilson, who started for a banged up Ahmad Bradshaw, flashed his big potential with 49 yards on five carries.
The Giants have high hopes for Wilson, who is trying to fight off Andre Brown and D.J. Ware for the backup running back role. Brown ran for a one-yard touchdown late in the first half. But all that's stopping Wilson from contributing right away is his ability to pick up the offensive playbook. His ability to bounce off tackles and turn the corner is obvious, and it impressed coach Tom Coughlin.
"That was a nice thing to see," Coughlin told Giants.com of Wilson's performance. "He has some play-making ability, which was shown tonight and that's something that we certainly can use."
With Wilson in the mix, Manning will have plenty of weapons at his disposal this season. Just think, the Giants did all this damage against the Bears without big-play receiver Hakeem Nicks, who is recovering from a broken foot and hopes to be ready for the season opener against the Dallas Cowboys on Wednesday, September 5. And when the season starts for real, Big Blue's offense at full speed for four quarters is going to be difficult to stop.
Adam Martini is a freelance sports writer who proudly wears his Rodney Hampton jersey on Sundays during the football season. He grew up in Queens, N.Y. rooting for the Giants despite being surrounded by Jets fans. Adam follows back Giants fans on Twitter @PegCitySports.
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