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Bears Grades: Jay Cutler records second-highest QB rating of season

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Bears Grades: Jay Cutler records second-highest QB rating of season

Jay Cutler shook off three sacks, one resulting in a strip-fumble, to complete 19 of 31 passes for 319 yards and touchdown passes to Alshon Jeffery and Zach Miller, without throwing an interception. His rating of 117.0 was his second-highest of the season and he gave his bumbling offense a number of chances with 10-for-15 passing for 161 yards in the first quarter.

Cutler maintained composure in getting the offense from the Chicago 15 to the Washington 32 with a chance to tie or go ahead in the final minutes Sunday. But incompletes on throws to Jeffery and Eddie Royal forced the Bears to try a field goal from 50 yards.

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“I feel like we’ve been in so many of these,” Cutler said. “In the games we win, we figure out a way. In the games we don’t, we don’t figure out a way… .These have been some pretty tough games to swallow at this point.”

Cutler missed on a couple of makeable throws, most notably on a toss to Jeffery in the end zone when the receiver had deep position on his defenders. Cutler underthrew, nearly resulting in an interception instead of putting the football where Jeffery or no one could make the catch.

“I thought I had him,” Cutler said. “I tried to give it a shot.”

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Cutler’s one turnover came on a strip-sack by linebacker Trent Murphy but overall Cutler rebounded reasonably well from what had been his poorest game, against San Francisco.

“I think, almost good enough,” said coach John Fox. “Just like all of us.”

Moon's Grade: A-

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.