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Martz points thumb at himself

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Martz points thumb at himself

For whatever reasons, offensive coordinator Mike Martz rarely indicts his own play-calling or other issues. More often than not, the problem is, we just didnt execute, which is another way of pointing a finger at players.

But in the wake of the Kansas City game, with interesting spillover possibly into Sundays game at Denver, Martz put blame squarely on himself for the debacle that saw the Bears score just three points and convert zero of 11 third downs. Martz called 15 pass plays in the fourth quarter vs. two run plays despite the Bears trailing by only one score.

Caleb Hanie was sacked six times in the second half.

What it comes down to, we just didnt coach real good, Martz said. When I say we, I mean me. We did not play as well as we should have in that game and thats my responsibility.

To say its one thing or another, its a combination of a lot of things. Some of the three- and five-step drops stuff we werent as sharp as we needed to be too. We want to make sure that were very careful with how many seven-steps we do have in there. Against a man team like that, you want let your guys shake free. So theres a time for it too.

Whether that time is Sunday in Denver, after Martz said he wanted to have Hanie be more aggressive, remains to be seen.

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.