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Bears Week 4 grades: Mike Glennon, John Fox fall flat in Green Bay

Bears Week 4 grades: Mike Glennon, John Fox fall flat in Green Bay

QUARTERBACKS: F

Mike Glennon lost two fumbles and threw an interception in the first half, then threw another interception in the third quarter. This was another horrendous game for the Bears’ starting quarterback. Teams don’t go into Green Bay — or anywhere, really — and win when their quarterback turns the ball over four times and doesn’t make enough plays to overcome those mistakes. Glennon now has eight turnovers to his name through four games.

RUNNING BACKS: D

Jordan Howard was bottled up for 53 yards on 18 carries, with 21 of those yards coming in garbage time during the fourth quarter. According to Pro Football Focus, he didn’t force a missed tackle on any of his 18 runs, and also dropped a screen pass. Tarik Cohen (six carries, 24 yards, four receptions 24 yards) wasn’t able to get loose but did deliver a nice block in pass protection on Glennon’s touchdown to Kendall Wright. Unfortunately for the Bears’ “Thunder” and “Lightning” Green Bay did what plenty of opposing defenses will do going forward: The Packers put eight or more defenders in the box on 12 of Howard’s 18 runs Thursday night.

WIDE RECEIVERS: D

Wright caught all four of his targets and looked like a productive pass-catcher a week after not being targeted against the Pittsburgh Steelers. The rest of his teammates struggled, though — like Josh Bellamy being unable to bring in a relatively well-thrown Glennon deep ball late in the first quarter. On Glennon’s first interception, he threw the ball too quick, so Markus Wheaton wasn’t able to get the depth in his route that he wanted.

TIGHT ENDS: D

Zach Miller had two productive catches totaling 45 yards, but this group didn’t do enough in the run blocking game. Adam Shaheen didn’t play enough, and when he did, he wasn’t able to block Ahmad Brooks on a snap, who dropped Howard for a four-yard loss that preceded Glennon’s first fumble. Dion Sims had one catch for eight yards and hasn’t been much of a factor in the passing game this year.

OFFENSIVE LINE: D+

A Kyle Long false start put the Bears behind the chains right before Glennon threw his first interception. Josh Sitton (holding) and Charles Leno (false start) were flagged in a succession on three plays in the second quarter that backed the Bears up from the Packers’ 37-yard line to the Bears’ 47. Cody Whitehair had another shaky snap before he and Glennon botched the one Green Bay recovered (for what it’s worth, Olin Kreutz said that was on the quarterback):

This was a struggle for an offensive line that finally had all five projected preseason starters, but was facing a Dom Capers defense that was going to sell out to stop the run and force the Bears to pass. In that sense, that the only sack Green Bay had was when Glennon held the ball too long on the first play of the game is a positive.

DEFENSIVE LINE: C-

Green Bay ran the ball on five of its first six plays, with Ty Montgomery, before he exited with a reported broken rib, quickly pushing the Packers into Bears territory. When the Packers did pass, a lot of the balls came out quick — except for that 58-yard heave to Jordy Nelson. But even if the pass-rushing opportunities were limited, this was a missed opportunity for a defensive line going against an offensive line missing its two starting tackles and playing guys out of position.

LINEBACKERS: C-

Leonard Floyd notched his first sack of the year and Pernell McPhee continued his solid play to open the season with a sack of his own, but this group (and the defense as a whole) didn’t record a hurry on Rodgers. According to Pro Football Focus’ numbers, Rodgers was under pressure only seven of his 28 drop backs. Danny Trevathan made 13 tackles but his vicious hit on Davante Adams may warrant a suspension, which would leave the Bears precariously thin at inside linebacker.

DEFENSIVE BACKS: D+

Nelson getting wide open for a touchdown in the second half was ugly, and the only positive play on the ball this group made was when Eddie Jackson dislodged the ball from Nelson’s hands on a deep third down throw in the first quarter. The Bears still don’t have an interception through four games.

SPECIAL TEAMS: D

Connor Barth missed a 47-yard field goal wide right for the second consecutive week. More positively, Pat O’Donnell pinned the Packers inside their own 20-yard line on all three of his punts, and perhaps not coincidentally, Green Bay punted on all three of those possessions.

COACHING: F

John Fox said it himself: “It starts at the top. We got out-coached.” The Bears were sloppy, and their eight penalties followed games in which they were flagged 10 times (Pittsburgh) and eight times (Tampa Bay). Coaching on a short week isn’t ideal, but the Packers had to deal with the same timeframe (though they committed seven penalties, too).

On another topic — why was Howard, shoulder injury and all, still in the game down 28 in the fourth quarter? It was a white flag drive lasting 8:53 with the team down by 28. At that point, protecting the team’s best offensive player would’ve seemed to be important, especially if that was the reasoning for not playing Mitchell Trubisky.

“If you watch the game, I don’t think it was an ideal time to put him in,” Fox said.

Fantasy Football Start/Sit: Week 16

Fantasy Football Start/Sit: Week 16

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START

Matt Barkley, QB, CHI (vs. WSH) - In his first four starts with the Bears, Barkley is averaging nearly 14 fantasy points per game. If you're looking for consistency, Barkley is the perfect plug-and-play quarterback to win you a fantasy title. The Redskins have allowed 300-plus passing yards in five out of their last six games, setting up to be another ideal fantasy matchup for the Bears signal-caller. (Scott Krinch)

Kenny Britt, WR, LA (vs. SF) - The Niners D is susceptible to every facet of the game, as one of those defense you mark on the schedule hoping to get your fantasy guys going up against in important games. Now we're in championship week and I'm all about players on the Rams offense, even though they're, you know, the Rams. Britt is a target monster and should continue that this week. (Tony Andracki)

Taylor Gabriel, WR, ATL (@ CAR) - Deemed as unfit for the 0-14 Cleveland Browns, Gabriel has turned into a treasure for the Atlanta Falcons. Gabriel has scored 5 TDs in his last six games, and has seen no fewer than 5 targets per game during that stretch. With Julio Jones still nursing a toe injury and not at 100 percent if he suits up, Gabriel is in line for another big game against the lowly Carolina Panthers (sixth-most generous to opposing fantasy wideouts) in Week 16. (Krinch)

Cam Newton, QB, CAR (vs. ATL) - Atlanta gives up the most fantasy points to quarterbacks, including three tuddies to Newton and Derek Anderson in Week 4. Cam has been nursing a sore shoulder of late, but he had his best game in Week 15 (300 yds, 2 TD) since Week 6 and I'm betting he continues to ride that momentum to finish out the fantasy season. (Andracki)

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SIT 

Davante Adams, WR, GB (vs. MIN) - If I'm in a title game, I can't trust Adams. I understand that he's a Top 10 fantasy wide receiver in terms of points scored, but he's too much of a boom-or-bust play. Adams has scored less than 4 fantasy points in three out of his last five games. This weekeend he draws a Vikings pass defense which has not given up more than 1 receiving touchdown in a game since Week 9, and are allowing the second-fewest fantasy points to wide receivers. (Krinch)

Jimmy Graham, TE, SEA (vs. ARI) - Tight end is such a fickle market this year in fantasy, and Graham is one of the main culprits. He was a stud from Weeks 3-13, but now he has only one catch in each of the last two games. This week, he draws the toughest matchup a tight end could get: An Arizona defense that allows just 2.4 standard fantasy points per game (6 PPR points). Graham is impossible to trust this week and ranks among the most risky plays in all of fantasy football. (Andracki)

Adrian Peterson, RB, MIN (@ GB) - In his three starts this season, Peterson has accumulated a dreadful 5.5 total fantasy points. Don't buy into the hype and start him because he's a big name and he's finally healthy, Peterson has done nothing to warrant "must-start" status this year, let alone in a championship matchup. If you're desperate, search your waiver-wire. There's plenty of better players to take a flyer on. (Krinch)

Thomas Rawls, RB, SEA (vs. ARI) - Arizona is also a Top 5 defense at limiting RB production, despite allowing some big games (4 weeks allowing multiple TDs to RBs). Rawls had that one big game (106 yds, 2 TD) but in his other four games since returning from injury, he has only 239 yards on 65 touches (3.7 yds/touch) and zero scores. Yikes. (Andracki)