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Bears Grades: Battling through injuries, secondary holds together

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Bears Grades: Battling through injuries, secondary holds together

A position group short-handed because of cornerback Alan Ball hurting and an injury to a key starter generally performed adequately. The defense as a whole took a hit when safety and team leader Antrel Rolle had to be helped off the field in the third quarter with an ankle injury of undisclosed seriousness.

The secondary held its own through most of a first half without much pressure on Oakland quarterback Derek Carr. Rookie Adrian Amos continues to develop into a solid NFL safety, credited with five tackles for the game and stepping up particularly after Rolle was forced out of the game. Kyle Fuller delivered a textbook hit on a receiver in the third quarter to break up a third-down conversion and force Oakland to settle for a field goal and contributed 4 solo tackles

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Tracy Porter had a shot to stop RB Roy Helu from going in with a touchdown pass in the second quarter but had a fundamental breakdowns and allowed Helu to get into the end zone. Porter also was tagged for a questionable hands-to-the-face penalty on what would have been a third-down stop in the third quarter.

The Raiders were held to 196 passing yards, the third time in four games that an opponent has been limited to fewer than 200 passing yards.

Grade: B

NFC North standings: Bears fall to last in division with Week 7 loss to Patriots

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NFC North standings: Bears fall to last in division with Week 7 loss to Patriots

The great Ricky Bobby once said, “If you ain’t first, you’re last.” Talladega Nights hit a little too close to home for the Bears in Week 7.

They came into Sunday at 3-2 at the top of the NFC North. After a 38-31 loss to the New England Patriots, they dropped to the bottom of the division.

The Detroit Lions defeated the Miami Dolphins 32-21 to improve to 3-3, leaving them tied with the Bears in the cellar.

The Minnesota Vikings’ 37-17 victory over the New York Jets jumped them to 4-2-1 overall and first place in the division over the 3-2-1 Green Bay Packers, who were off for their bye week.

The NFC North remains the most tightly contested division in the NFL, the only one with no teams under .500 through seven weeks of the season.

The final standings may not be decided until Week 17, and the Bears have already blown the early season cushion they built for themselves while the Vikings and Packers were struggling.

The divisional action will pick up in November, and Chicago only has a pair of games left to put it all together before back-to-back-to-back games against the Lions, Vikings and Lions again.    

Under Center Podcast: Bears lose 38-31 to the Patriots

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Under Center Podcast: Bears lose 38-31 to the Patriots

Matt Forte, Lance Briggs and Alex Brown join Laurence Holmes to break down the Bears 38-31 loss to the Patriots. What happened to the Bears defense over their bye week, and how did the special teams struggle so bad against New England? Plus – the guys debate Mitchell Trubisky’s decision making in the red zone and Matt weighs in on how the Bears should play his former team – the New York Jets – next week.

0:35– Special teams to blame for loss?

4:12– Where did the Bears pass rush go? 

5:27– Bad tackling followed Bears from Miami

7:25– Are the coaches to blame for the defense after the bye?

10:10– Evaluating Mitchell Trubisky’s game

11:55– Agree with Matt Nagy on Mitch’s “mental” game?

13:30– Trubisky’s red zone decision making

17:10– Are the Bears giving away games so Mitch can learn?

18:00– Bears need to run the ball more

21:04– Matt Forte scouts his former team, the New York Jets

Listen to the full podcast here or in the embedded player below.

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