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Bears: Alshon Jeffery remains out, questionable for Sunday

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Bears: Alshon Jeffery remains out, questionable for Sunday

The painful injury saga that is Alshon Jeffery’s 2015 got no better again on Friday as the wide receiver and linchpin of the current Bears receiver group sat out practice and now is expected to miss his fourth straight game.

Adding to the Bears’ offensive concerns was fellow wideout Eddie Royal also sidelined for practice with an ankle injury. Royal, signed to be a No. 3 receiver behind Jeffery and rookie Kevin White, has been pressed into starting all four games to this point.

The offseason has been a source of continuous frustration for the offense, beginning with rookie White’s stress fracture in June, continuing with Jeffery missing all preseason games with a calf injury, then regular season time with a hamstring, and Royal, taking a hammering with his playing time increased to fill the vacuum.

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All of which has left offensive coordinator Adam Gase with only being able to imagine what his offense could have been.

“As soon as [Jeffery] is ready to go, it'll be interesting to see kind of how we evolve and adapt and try and use him to his strengths,” Gase said, “and get him rolling as soon as they tell us that he's ready to go.”

Trey Burton, Adrian Amos earn Bears’ top grades from Pro Football Focus for Week 7

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Trey Burton, Adrian Amos earn Bears’ top grades from Pro Football Focus for Week 7

The Bears were not at their best against the New England Patriots on Sunday. They made plenty of mistakes on all three phases and gave Tom Brady too many opportunities to control the game.

It wasn’t all bad from Chicago, though. Trey Burton emerged as a new favorite weapon of Mitchell Trubisky, and the tight end was the Bears’ highest-graded player in the game by Pro Football Focus.

Burton had a career high 11 targets, nine catches and 126 yards with a touchdown, giving Trubisky a 144.7 passer rating when targeting his top tight end.

Seven of Burton’s targets and six of his catches traveled 10 or more yards in the air, according to PFF.

Defensively, safety Adrian Amos led the pack with a 74.6 overall grade. He did not miss a tackle after missing a career-high five last week, and he allowed only one catch for eight yards against the Patriots.

On the bottom of the scale, outside linebacker Leonard Floyd received the second-lowest grade of his career (38.9 overall) for his performance. He did not record any pressure on the quarterback in 13 pass rushing snaps, and he allowed two catches for 13 yards and a touchdown in coverage against running back James White.

Wide receiver Allen Robinson had a career-low grade as well at 44.9 overall. He was clearly limited by his groin injury, targeted five times with one catch for four yards and a dropped pass.

Overall, the Bears were able to stick with one of the top teams in the AFC while also leaving a lot of room for improvement. It’s a step in the right direction from where Chicago was in recent seasons.

NFL Power Rankings Week 8: Jags, Eagles, Bears all see stock fall

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NFL Power Rankings Week 8: Jags, Eagles, Bears all see stock fall

Take a look over the NFC landscape and try to find me a team that can compete with the Rams. 

Packers? Held back by Rodgers' knee and Rodgers' coach. Saints? Might not even win their own division. Washington? Does Alex Smith really scare anyone in the playoffs? 

The Rams have one of the easier paths to the Championship Round/Super Bowl that we've seen in some time. Will it likely stay that way? Probably not. But there's a difference between parity and mediocrity and right now the NFC is toeing the line HARD. 

Outside the NFC's "elite", how did your team do this week? 

You can take a look here and see where they landed.