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Bears Grades: D-line a relative bright spot on bad day for defense

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Bears Grades: D-line a relative bright spot on bad day for defense

With Pernell McPhee inactive, Willie Young started at right outside linebacker, effectively operating as a defensive end throughout, so his evaluation and that of Lamarr Houston is going as part of the defensive line, not linebackers.

Young sacked Kirk Cousins with second effort after a Bears turnover in the second quarter, stopping what had been little more than a Washington scrimmage against second-stringers. Young also generated other pressures and delivered a tackle-for-loss with Washington driving late in the third quarter.

Young finished with three tackles for loss (out of four total stops) working against Washington left tackle Trent Williams. The plays were not enough to stanch the bleeding elsewhere, leading to another loss by three or fewer points, the fourth this season.

“It happens,” Young said. “Those guys are on top of their division right now. It’s not like Washington is a bad team at all. It’s just a matter of us coming out, sticking together and trying to figure out to get a win at the end of the day. That’s what it’s going to be about for us over these next few weeks.”

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Houston swarmed Cousins for a second-quarter sack that forced Washington out of field-goal range. Houston led the Bears with nine tackles, two for losses. Mitch Unrein started at end and beat left tackle Trent Williams with a bull rush for a sack in the first quarter. Will Sutton was credited with two tackles, one for a loss, plus a pass deflection.

Eddie Goldman again played well overall, providing power in the middle but the Bears repeatedly lost at least one, sometimes two battles at the point on run plays and interior linemen did not provide any sort of consistent pressure up the middle in the face of Cousins.

Moon's Grade: B

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.