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Bears Grades: Forte finds the end zone but not pleased

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Bears Grades: Forte finds the end zone but not pleased

The Detroit Lions schemed to neutralize Matt Forte and succeeded generally, becoming the first opponent in six to hold the franchise back to less than 3.6 yards per carry. Forte carried 24 times for 69 yards as the Bears stayed with a commitment to running the football.

Forte bulled into the end zone behind the right side of his line midway through the fourth quarter for the Bears’ first lead since the second quarter, then managed to reach the ball inside the pylon with a dive for a two-point conversion to give the Bears a seven-point lead at the 7:50 mark.

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But the overall left Forte angry and frustrated with his and the offense’s general performance. “I don’t know, man,” Forte said. “I mean, the offense works when we execute. Whether it’s two-minute or regular offense, if you don’t execute, it’s not going to work. We had some breakdowns in a lot of areas across the board so it’s frustrating and I’m pissed off about it.”

Jeremy Langford, pressed into extra duty after the season-ending arm injury to Jacquizz Rodgers, scored his second career rushing touchdown in the second quarter. But Langford fared little better than Forte, totaling just 10 yards on his five carries, and one of those accounting for six yards.

Moon's Grade: C-

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.