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Bears Grades: Lions run over, around and through Bears' linebackers

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Bears Grades: Lions run over, around and through Bears' linebackers

The Detroit Lions offense went over, through and around the Bears’ defense for 125 rushing yards (the Lions netted 30 off a fake-punt run) and 405 passing, rendering specific positives somewhat moot. Linebackers were a significant part of an overall defense that did not come out with the resolve and fire to shut down a potentially vulnerable 0-5 Lions team.

“It’s a four-quarter game,” middle linebacker Christian Jones said. “We kept playing hard, but they just outplayed us at the end. It’s as simple as that.”

Pernell McPhee provided a major contribution with pass coverage on a third-and-one on which the Lions spread Bears personnel out with a nickel look. McPhee’s coverage allowed the pass rush to get home for a sack and end of a drive. McPhee also played a fourth-quarter reverse perfectly to create a tackle for loss by LaRoy Reynolds and pulverized Detroit right tackle LaAdrian Waddle with a bull rush for his fourth sack of the season.

But McPhee also was flagged for roughing the passer to give the Lions an extra shot at the end zone after a third-down incompletion late in the fourth quarter.

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“I was getting turned and felt like the tackle was pulling me as I made the move,” McPhee said. “I fell down, and when I looked up, I saw the flag on the ground. I can’t leave that in the referee’s hands. I’ve got to make my move faster and finish the play.”

With middle linebacker Shea McClellin inactive with a knee injury, Jones again directed the defense. Jones finished with a team-high nine tackles but whiffed badly to allow a 16-yard catch-and-run by running back Theo Riddick that moved the Lions back into field-goal range after a holding penalty had moved them back.

Linebackers did deliver several crucial hits at key points. Sam Acho’s tackle for loss on a screen pass to Golden Tate early in the fourth quarter set up a third-and-long that allowed the Bears’ pass rush to force Matthew Stafford into a hurried throw toward Riddick. Jones delivered a hit on Riddick as the ball was hitting off Riddick’s hand, allowing Jonathan Anderson to make an interception at the Detroit 25.

Moon's Grade: D

Bears vs. Patriots Live Blog: Score, highlights, analysis from NFL Week 4 game

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Bears vs. Patriots Live Blog: Score, highlights, analysis from NFL Week 4 game

WE"LL DO IT LIVE. 

Welcome back, gang. It feels like only a week ago we were all in Miami, watching one of the drunkest Bears games we've seen in a while. No rest for the weary, though, and the Bears are back in Chicago and oh god they're playing Tom Brady and the Patriots. Khalil Mack WILL play, though, and Rob Gronkowski will NOT. One step at a time. 

As always, J.J. Stankevitz will be your eyes and ears from Soldier; give him a follow. Lorin Cox's tweets are also worth your time. 

PREGAME

Inactives are out! Check them all out right here. 

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(Too) Bold Predictions

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The Trubisky-Brady Comparisons

Patriots' tight end Rob Gronkowski won't play against Bears

Patriots' tight end Rob Gronkowski won't play against Bears

It's official: Gronk won't be playing this afternoon. 

After the all-world tight end's status was up in the air through most of the weekend, Gronkowski has officially been ruled out for today's matchup: 

It's obviously a lucky break for the Bears defense, who still have to deal with the likes of Julian Edelman, Josh Gordon, and a group of great pass-catching running backs.