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Martellus Bennett: Bears 'could easily be 0-5'

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Martellus Bennett: Bears 'could easily be 0-5'

Martellus Bennett, who landed on Friday’s injury report with a quad injury that has the tight end questionable for Sunday’s game against the Detroit Lions, has little difficulty being blunt. And Bennett’s perspective on playing an 0-5 team (Detroit) is not that the Lions are abysmal so much is that but for a handful of plays, a 2-3 Bears team might have been looking at precisely that record.

“It's the NFL,” Bennett said. “I mean, we could easily be 0-5 right now. There's just a couple plays here and there.”

Which is typically the way in the NFL, any year. And those plays involve turnovers for the most part.

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Of the 18 teams with a zero or minus- turnover ratio, only one (Indianapolis 3-2) has a winning record after five weeks of NFL season. And the Colts have undefeated New England coming up Sunday night.

The Lions are 30th in turnover ratio at minus-6; the Bears, whose four takeaways are tied for third-fewest in the NFL, are at minus-3.

“I think turnovers probably hurt them a little bit,” Bennett said, not specifically mentioning quarterback Matthew Stafford’s three interceptions and benching last Sunday in Detroit’s loss to Arizona.

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The Lions had their way with the Bears the past two seasons, winning four straight. Coincidentally perhaps, the first of those was a 40-32 unraveling, at Detroit, after the Bears had opened the Marc Trestman era with three straight wins. That game featured three Jay Cutler interceptions and the Bears losing one of two fumbles.

“It's a division game so records really don't count,” Bennett said. “The last couple of years they have had our number so I'm hoping that this isn't a game that Matthew and Calvin [Johnson] and all those guys start clicking. So we're going to try to go in there and get another win.”

Bears have 6 players ranked in Top 5 by Pro Football Focus through 2 games

Bears have 6 players ranked in Top 5 by Pro Football Focus through 2 games

The Bears are off to their best start since 2014, and the team seems to be playing well together through two games of the season.

The offense is finding creative ways to put points on the board early, and the defense has emerged as one of the top units in the league so far. It’s only resulted in one win, but Chicago seems to be on the right track for more success this season.

The analysts over at Pro Football Focus like what they’ve seen, and their grades are high on a number of individual Bears players. Six of them rank in the top five of their respective positions so far this season.

Khalil Mack, Kyle Long and Charles Leno are all the second highest-graded players among their peers, Jordan Howard has the third-highest grade for a running back, Akiem Hicks is tied for fourth among defensive linemen, and Pat O’Donnell is the fifth-ranked punter.

Just missing the cut is Bryce Callahan, who currently ranks sixth among cornerbacks with an 81.8 overall grade. As a whole the Bears have PFF’s highest-graded defense, while the offense ranks 21st.

It’s clear the team has had a lot of individual success on both sides of the ball, and the next step is converting that into team success with more wins on Sundays.

Bears fan presumably spends his hard-earned money on Jon Gruden Bears jersey

Bears fan presumably spends his hard-earned money on Jon Gruden Bears jersey

Look, we've got no business telling you how to spend your money. 

We will, however, question how you spend your money. Especially if it's to create a Jon Gruden Bears jersey, like our friend at Monday night's game did: 

It's an honorable commitment to the bit, if nothing else. When you get the opportunity to roast someone you've never met by spending your money on an expensive jersey with the name of a coach who's not on the Bears, all in the name of Content, you have to do it.