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Bennett's 'drop rate' tops in the NFL

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Bennett's 'drop rate' tops in the NFL

Jay Cutler and Earl Bennett have had on-the-field chemistry dating back to their days in Vanderbilt, and again when Cutler was traded to the Bears before the 2009 season.
That chemistry has made for one of the most efficient quarterback-wide receiver duos in the league, according to Pro Football Focus.
PFF continued its off-season coverage by looking at the best and worst wide receiver "drop rates" in the league over the last three seasons (best meaning the lowest percentage). And sitting atop the list, just above Arizona's Larry Fitzgerald, was Bennett, who has dropped just four passes the last three seasons.
Counting the 127 catchable balls Bennett has seen since 2009, his "drop rate" stands at a remarkable 3.15 percent. Fitzgerald's rate was second with a 3.27 percent drop rate, although he has seen 275 catchable balls in that same span.
And while Bennett has the smallest sample size of any of the top 15 receivers on the list, it's an impressive number nonetheless.
On the other end, Brandon Marshall has had some of the shakiest hands in the league.
The newly acquired Bear ranks fifth in targets with 419, and third in catchable passes with 303. But Marshall, who spent the last three seasons in Miami with quarterbacks Chad Henne and Matt Moore, has the most drops of any player (35) over the last three seasons.
Marshall's 35 drops in 303 attempts gives him a drop rate of 11.55, the 10th worst mark of qualified receivers the last three years.
Also on that list were Roy E. Williams, who had the worst drop rate of any receiver (14.62). Williams spent two of those seasons in Dallas, and had 37 receptions in his one season in Chicago last year.
Devin Hester also appeared on the list at No. 15, with 14 drops out of 136 catchable balls (10.29).
Cutler has never finished better than 13th in completion percentage in his five years in the league, but perhaps this shows there is more to the story...whenever he isn't throwing to Bennett.

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

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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.