Chicago Bears linebacker Lance Briggs celebrates after the Bears' 27-21 win over the New York Giants Thursday. The victory ended Chicago's two-game losing streak. (Nam Y. Huh / Associated Press)
Chicago — Jay Cutler had no trouble finding Brandon Marshall this time.
Tim Jennings struck early and late, and the Chicago Bears got the win they needed against a team still searching for its first victory.
Cutler threw two touchdown passes to Marshall, and Jennings had two of Chicago’s three interceptions against Eli Manning in a 27-21 victory over the New York Giants on Thursday night.
The Bears (4-2) snapped a two-game slide following a 3-0 start. New York is 0-6 for the first time since the 1976 team dropped its first nine, a stunning turn for a franchise that won the Super Bowl two years ago.
“We see things each and every week that tell us we cannot just be good, we can be very good,” Bears coach Marc Trestman said. “But we also know there’s a lot of work ahead.”
The Giants came in clinging to the idea that they could claw their way back into the NFC East race because every team in the division has a losing record. It’s hard to see that happening, the way they’re playing.
“We’re all sick of it,” coach Tom Coughlin said. “We’re all sick of losing, but we put ourselves in this position. There is only one way to get out of it.”
Cutler and Marshall were in tune early on, connecting for two touchdowns, and Jennings returned an interception 48 yards for a score as Chicago built a 24-14 halftime lead.
Cutler was 24 of 36 for 262 yards after throwing for 358 against New Orleans last week. Marshall played a huge role in this one after venting over a lack of catches against the Saints, finishing with nine receptions for 87 yards. Martellus Bennett had 68 yards on six catches against his former team, while Alshon Jeffery had just one reception after going off for a franchise-record 218 yards in the previous game.
“We won the game, but we kind of leave a little bit unsatisfied because I think offensively we could have exploded for a little bit more,” Cutler said.
Robbie Gould kicked two field goals, including a 52-yarder in the third quarter that gave him 12 straight conversions from 50 or longer, and the Bears eased at least a few nerves, even if this win came against one of the NFL’s four winless teams
Manning, the owner of two championship rings, completed 14 of 26 passes for 239 yards and a touchdown, but he ran his league-leading total to 15 interceptions while matching last season’s number. He had passes picked off on the first two possessions, with Jennings’ 48-yard TD coming on the second one.
“I feel bad for my teammates. I feel bad for my coaches and everybody, fighting every day, and I’m fighting, too,” Manning said. “I am trying to get a win for these guys.”
Reggie Rogers arrested
Former Lions defensive end Reggie Rogers pleaded not guilty in Seattle Municipal Court to a domestic violence assault charge.
KIRO reports he was arrested Monday night at his home after his wife told police he hit her on the head with a flashlight in an argument about his drinking. He entered his plea Wednesday.
Rogers, 49, has a history of six drunken driving convictions, including a crash in 1988 in Pontiac that killed three teenagers.
A first-round draft pick by the Lions in 1987 out of Washington, Rogers returned to the NFL after a prison sentence for vehicular homicide but was released in 1992 by the Buccaneers.
Boldin faces old team
49ers receiver Anquan Boldin said it’s “just another week.”
Sure it is.
The wide receiver will be facing his former team for the second time Sunday when the 49ers host the Cardinals.
Boldin spent his first seven seasons with Arizona before being traded to Baltimore for two picks following the 2009 season.
“I don’t know any of those guys; probably about two guys remain,” Boldin said.
Cowboys defend Romo
The Cowboys are rallying around Tony Romo after another late-game mistake, his interception that spoiled the first 500-yard game in Dallas history.
“First thing I want to say, people will say that Tony Romo throws the interception, we can’t win the big one,” Cowboys defensive coordinator Monte Kiffintold a crowd of reporters in the Dallas locker room, just a few feet from Romo’s space.
“Well, he went toe to toe with one of the best ever in the game of football.”
Bills general manager Doug Whaley is more eager to see Jairus Byrd make his season debut this weekend, than to try to project the two-time Pro Bowl safety’s future in Buffalo.
Whaley said while he is not actively shopping Byrd, the Bills would listen to offers.
“Our focus right now is Jairus getting on the field and playing the best he can for the Buffalo Bills,” Whaley said.
... Coach Chip Kelly might wait until Sunday before deciding on his starting quarterback for the Eagles road game against the Buccaneers.
Michael Vick is nursing a pulled hamstring, suffered in last weekend’s 36-21 victory over the Giants, and has been limited all week. Nick Foles played well in relief of Vick as the Eagles improved to 2-3.
... Quarterback David Garrard re-signed with the Jets.
Garrard, who retired in May, was placed on the exempt list, but is eligible to practice.
... Buccaneers guard Carl Nicks is being treated for a recurrence of the MRSA infection in his left foot.
Nicks already missed most of camp recovering from surgery on his left big toe when he was initially diagnosed with MRSA in late August.
MRSA is a staph infection that is resistant to some antibiotics.
Kicker Lawrence Tynes, also was diagnosed with MRSA.