The Jaguars are so, so bad. Like, they are so, so, so bad. After going into halftime with a three point lead, the Bears rode an impressive second half performance to an easy 41-17 win, but still – I cannot stress how bad the Jacksonville Jaguars are. That being said, Chicago's won three straight, now owns a winning record, and can almost taste the playoffs. Here's where the arrows are pointing after crushing the Jaguars, who are so, so bad:
Arrow Up – Jimmy Graham
He was active early against Jacksonville, with multiple catches – including a five yard touchdown grab – on the Bears' 10-play, 75 yard scoring drive in the first quarter. His longest catch of the day (30 yards) came on the next drive, and despite a quieter second half (with another touchdown, however), he finished with four catches and 69 yards. The contract is what it is, but to his credit, Graham’s been a valuable red zone piece for the Bears.
Arrow Down – Chuck Pagano
Jags RB Dare Ogunbowale had 64 yards on the ground in the first half, but finished with 71. Jags QB Mike Glennon was 14/18 with 106 yards in the first half, but finished 24/37 for 211 yards. Khalil Mack and Robert Quinn were once again non-factors, as once again, neither finished with a sack. Much of that falls on them, obviously, but what exactly was the defensive game plan here? The secondary played soft coverage all afternoon, and exotic blitzes – any blitzes, really – were few and far between. And granted, the Jaguars only scored 10 points, but still – it wasn’t an especially inspiring day schematically.
Arrow Up – Allen Robinson
Shouts to ARob for putting up big numbers in his return to Jacksonville. The final line: 10 catches, 103 yards, and 60 non-stop minutes of showing Shahid Khan what could have been. Nine of his 10 catches earned the Bears a first down, which is mind-boggling. He probably should have had a touchdown catch, too. And while I surely don’t need to remind you, it’s worth repeating: he’s technically scheduled to become a free agent in a month.
Arrow Down – Kindle Vildor
Not like the Bears have much of a choice, but it kinda seems like maybe Kindle Vildor isn’t ready? He struggled once again on Sunday, giving up a 20-yard touchdown to D.J. Chark in the first half. Chark finished with modest numbers (four catches, 62 yards, TD) but that was probably more a product of Mike Glennon than Vildor. The good news is that it sounds like the Bears may get Jaylon Johnson back in time for next week’s game against Aaron Rodgers and the Packers.
Arrow Up – Roquan Smith
Days after being arguably the most glaring NFC Pro Bowl snub, Smith went out and led the team in tackles (eight) and hauled in two interceptions (and technically a fumble recovery!). Simply badass. We’re quickly approaching a bizarre scenario where Smith’s an All-Pro who doesn’t make the Pro Bowl. Love the Pro Bowl!
Arrow Up Hon. Mention: Darnell Mooney; David Montgomery; Pat O’Donnell’s one punt
Arrow Down Hon. Mention: Robert Quinn; Anthony Miller; Kicking a FG on the 2 yard line