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Bears Grades: Secondary makes right plays at right times

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Bears Grades: Secondary makes right plays at right times

The secondary delivered a spectrum of impact plays against some decent St. Louis receivers, forcing accuracy challenged quarterback Nick Foles to throw frequently into tight coverage, something Foles proved incapable of doing, to the point of leaving the Rams with a quarterback question. Not the Bears’ problem, however.

Foles completed just 17 of 36 passes for 200 yards and threw an interception to linebacker/defensive end Willie Young in the fourth quarter. He was inaccurate even with open receivers and completed less than half his passes even with open receivers.

Defensive backs defensed four passes but failed to intercept Foles or be involved in any takeaways. Cornerback Tracy Porter made perfect breaks on successive plays to break up throws on out routes to Tavon Austin. Porter also reacted consistently well in support, coming up to shut down a screen pass after linebacker Sam Acho had been blocked out of the play.

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Porter then provided another silencer with a fourth-down breakup of a pass toward Brian Quick, setting the Bears’ offense up deep in the St. Louis end.

Bryce Callahan broke up a Rams pass toward Austin with the Rams in two-minute just before halftime. Callahan also sorted through blockers effectively to stop a screen pass in the fourth quarter to help prevent any late Rams surge.

Cornerback Kyle Fuller broke up a pass and was solid in run support early. Defensive backs were generally able to bring up sufficient force to enable the front seven in particular to limit running back Todd Gurley to 45 total yards, 17 in the second half.

Adrian Amos was strong in run support and was able to stop Wes Welker on a third-down try to force the Rams to settle for a field goal after a first-quarter Bears turnover.

Moon's Grade: B+

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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