Bears Grades: Secondary had no answers for Jordan Reed


Bears Grades: Secondary had no answers for Jordan Reed

Kyle Fuller gave the offense and the entire team a boost, drifting back to intercept a Kirk Cousins pass in the third quarter, his second INT of the year and leading to a touchdown. But it was one of the few bright moments for the secondary against a team not among the elite passing offenses in the NFL.

Cousins completed 10 of 11 passes in the first half alone, with four different receivers catching at least one pass 12 yards or longer. Cousins finished 24-for-31 for 300 yards, only the second time this season the Bears have allowed 300 passing yards, and seven different receivers had at least one catch of at least 12 yards.

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The secondary collectively failed to close on DeSean Jackson, with three defenders in the area, allowing Jackson to haul in a 29-yard throw in the third quarter to restore momentum to Washington. Defenders were virtually surrounding Jackson but failed to react to the ball for the breakup.

Fuller lost his footing and gave up a 17-yard completion to Rashad Ross, allowing a conversion on a third-and-12 in the first quarter, with Adrian Amos taking a poor angle coming on pursuit, extending the play. Amos and Fuller were beaten for a red-zone throw to Jordan Reed when the two DB’s were late passing off Reed in zone coverage, a situation compounded by poor tackling that allowed Reed to stretch the ball to the one-yard line, from where Alfred Morris scored on the next play.

Reed gutted the Bears with 120 yards on nine receptions as the Bears secondary and linebackers allowed too many soft areas in zones and failed to press receivers enough to throw off Cousins’ timing.

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Amos struggled in coverage against Reed and drew a pass-interference penalty for 32 yards in the first quarter. Fuller failed to seal the edge, closed down on a run fake and allowed Cousins outside for an easy read-option TD

Tracy Porter lost Jackson on a fly route and was called for pass interference, costing the defense 32 yards.

Sherrick McManis, pressed into service at nickel corner with Bryce Callahan inactive, allowed 19- and 14-yard completions in the fourth quarter with the defense in dire need of a stop to give the offense some field position.

Moon's Grade: D-

Trey Burton, Adrian Amos earn Bears’ top grades from Pro Football Focus for Week 7


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.