Bears Balancing Incomplete Performance With 2-0 Start

"We have high expectations, and we want to be better," coach Matt Nagy says.
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CHICAGO (670 The Score) -- For all the the Bears have faced in the last two seasons and all the challenges that have come in 2020, coach Matt Nagy wouldn't let his team dwell over an incomplete win.

The Bears held on -- barely -- for a 17-13 win over the Giants on Sunday at Soldier Field. They moved to 2-0 but still have so much to improve.

"The only thing that matters right now is the 2-0," Nagy said.

Sunday brought a reverse of circumstances from the Bears' win against the Lions in their season opener, when they overcome a 17-point deficit in the fourth quarter to win 27-23. This time, it was a 17-point lead nearly being erased on them.

The Bears led 17-0 at halftime against a struggling Giants team that lost star running back Saquon Barkley to a significant knee injury early in the game, but they couldn't bury the opponent. The Bears left the door open.

Quarterback Mitchell Trubisky and the offense scuffled in the second half, with two costly interceptions -- neither necessarily being Trubisky's fault -- and failures to sustain drives. After going 7-of-10 on third-down conversions in the first half, the Bears were 2-of-6 in the second half.

Meanwhile, Giants quarterback Daniel Jones led his team on a comeback in the second half from down 17 to being one play away from a win. Trailing 17-13 with 2:02 remaining, Jones and the Giants drove 50 yards over 13 plays against a fatigued Bears defense and reached Chicago's 10-yard line.

The game ended with Giants receiver Golden Tate being flagged for offensive pass interference at the goal line as time expired. The Bears celebrated a win, even if they had to survive to get it.

"2-0 is delicious," Bears defensive lineman Akiem Hicks said. "I'll eat that every day of the week and twice on Sunday."

After a week of working to clean up their inconsistencies, the Bears produced another uneven performance. The offense struggled to convert quality drives into points, and the defense was worn down and too often unable to get off the field.

The Bears have barely gotten past two teams in the Lions and Giants that are a combined 0-4 to start the season, raising more cause for concern than optimism for what's to come. Nagy was quick to remind the Bears after their win that while the outcome is what's most important, the product needs to improve.

"We're a hungry team," Trubisky said. "We know what we're capable of."

The Bears view Nagy as a players' coach, a leader who always finds his way to the center of postgame victory dances in the locker room. He brought the "Club Dub" concept to Chicago and encouraged his players to cherish each victory.

Nagy wants the Bears to savor their 2-0 start. And he also understands what this team has showcased so far.

"I would say we're just OK right now," Nagy said. "I would expect a little bit better.

"We have high expectations, and we want to be better."

Chris Emma covers the Bears, Chicago’s sports scene and more for 670TheScore.com. Follow him on Twitter @CEmma670.