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Bears Grades: Secondary fails to disrupt new starter Brock Osweiler

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Bears Grades: Secondary fails to disrupt new starter Brock Osweiler

Any thoughts of taking the measure of a first-time starting quarterback vanished early when Brock Osweiler guided the Denver Broncos 74 yards in just four plays on their opening possession, the final 48 coming on a toss to a wide-open Demaryius Thomas cutting across the middle completely uncontested. The coverage was poor and the tackling even worse, which the Bears improved on as the game went on but too late in a two-point game.

Denver tight ends ran free too often in the secondary and netted 61 yards on six catches just in the first half. Osweiler was able to complete 20 of 27 passes for 250 yards, two touchdowns and a 127.1 rating. Only Matthew Stafford (362) and Philip Rivers (262) have thrown for more yards on the Bears this season and both needed 42 attempts to do it, vs. Osweiler’s 27.

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Tracy Porter continued his solid overall play with work against Thomas after that first possession. But Kyle Fuller, who finished with 7 solo tackles and a pass breakup, gave up inside leverage to wideout Cody Latimer for a 10-yard touchdown pass on which Fuller was several yards deep in the end zone and allowed Latimer a free crossing route into the end zone.

Adrian Amos delivered a crushing sack on Denver’s opening second-half drive and finished with 7 solo stops, one for a loss in a strong game by the rookie all over the field.

Chris Prosinski was told on Friday that he was starting in place of injured Antrel Rolle (ankle) at safety and struggled at times. Prosinski was sealed too easily inside to allow a 15-yard sweep on Denver’s first possession, then was completely ineffective even impeding Thomas on the Broncos’ 48-yard TD pass in the first quarter. He was able to pick up a sack of a scrambling Osweler in the third quarter.

Moon's Grade: D

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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