Bears Grades: Special teams back on track vs. Vikings


Bears Grades: Special teams back on track vs. Vikings

Deonte Thompson’s 49-yard return of the opening kickoff set the offense up at midfield on the Bears’ first possession. After that non-drive resulted in a punt, Pat O’Donnell and the coverage unit combined to down the football at the Minnesota 7. O’Donnell and punt coverage was excellent, putting three of four punts down inside the Minnesota 20.

With the exception of an onside kick recovered by the Vikings late in the fourth quarter, Bears coverage units gave the Vikings an average starting point of the Minnesota 18 on six previous kicks.

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Robbie Gould got the first onside-kick recovery of his career when Sherrick McManis got to the recovery to set the offense up at the Chicago 47.

“It was something in our arsenal and we decided to execute that and get a big play for our offense. Robbie did a great job kicking it and I just had to make sure it went 10 yards,” McManis said.

After missing his last three field-goal attempts through the San Francisco and Washington games, Gould converted his only try Sunday, from 51 yards in the third quarter.

Moon's Grade: A

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.