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The Chicago Bears loss over the undefeated New Orleans Saints gave fans on both sides things to be content, unhappy, or just perplexed. Okay fine, the perplexed and unhappy is more Chicago than New Orleans, and rightfully so. So what went right and wrong for the Black/Gold and Blue/Orange?
The Good: The Drew Brees-Jimmy Graham connection remains as strong as ever. Graham still is the hardest player on the field to cover, with the only Bear having any success agaisnt him was Charles Tillman, which then left other wideouts more open. Although he did not have a TD on the game, his mere presense left room wide open for a beautifully executed screen pass to Pierre Thomas for six.
The Bad: New Orleans failed to put Chicago away late in the fourth, being saved only by a dropped pass (more on that later.) The Saints did hold Matt Forte to a shade over 50 yards, but that was more of a lack of run plays than good defense.
The Ugly: While Drew Brees did have a great game, fantasy wise Jay Cutler bested him. While Drew seldom makes a mistake, the Saints left too many points on the board in the 2nd half as Graham was targeted a lot less.
The Good: Alshon Jeffery is going to be a huge pickup on fantasy waiver wires this week after setting a Chicago Bear record for most recieving yardsin a game with 218. The 2nd year guy is becoming a nice matchup problem as well as a great option for Cutler when Brandon Marshall is doublecovered.
The Bad: Matt Forte was only given the ball 12 times even though he was averaging 4.6 yards/carry. Against one of the worst run defenses in the NFL, that is unacceptible. While Jay Cutler ended up having a decent day, he sealed the Bears fate within the first two posessions. Mr. Fourth Quarter needs to do more to make sure his team is ahead instead of having to make something happen to get back in it.
The Ugly: The Defensive line took a major bite from the injury bug recently, and they’re playing like it. An inexperienced middle gave Pierre Thomas and Darren Sproles an inordinate amount of breathing room. And that’s only up the middle. Former first rounder Shea McClellin still looks like a kid amongst men, and plays like he’s still at Boise State. On offense, an Earl Bennett easy drop literally cost the Bears the game. Don’t expect to see him in the offense too much next week.
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Bears head coach Mar Trestman told the media today that defensive tackle Nate Collins is done for the season after tearing his ACL on Sunday.
LM: Trestman confirms that DT Nate Collins has torn ACL and will miss rest of season.
— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) October 7, 2013
Collins is the second defensive tackle to tear his ACL this season. They recently lost Henry Melton.
Brandon Marshall expressed frustration following the Bears’ 26-18 loss to the Saints. “The frustration comes from when we’re not winning and the offense isn’t moving the ball. It has nothing to do [with] me. It’s about I want to win,” Marshall said via ESPN.com. “I’ve got a nice contract. I’ve been to Pro Bowls. I’ve made All-Pro. I want to win. Sometimes, the...
Brandon Marshall was focused on his own demeanor. He was judging himself by how he handled himself on the sideline Sunday against the New Orleans Saints.
And Marshall said he felt proud about how he composed himself during the Bears’ 26-18 loss at Soldier Field.
‘‘Sorry for patting myself on the back’’ Marshall said. ‘‘There’s not too much that I can hang my hat...
The Bears lost to the Saints on Sunday, but may have finally their second option to Brandon Marshall at the receiver position.
Alshon Jeffery struggled at times as a rookie but clearly has grown into a man in his second season. The former South Carolina Gamecock had a franchise record 218 yards on ten catches one of which was for a TD.
Bears star Brandon Marshall was full of praise...
Bears wideout Alshon Jeffery had a career game Sunday against the Saints, catching 10 balls for 218 yards and a touchdown.Fantasy Spin:Jay Cutler targeted Jeffery 13 times, seven more than any other Bears player. Brandon Marshall has been blanketed by opposing defenses in recent weeks, but the emergence of Jeffery as a dangerous weapon should open things up for Marshall going forward.
Okay – I’m taking a break from putting together a heady, well-structured game recap to respond to this week’s game and the state of the Bears in general simply from the point of view of a fan, which I am first and foremost. The Bears are 3-2, and still tied atop the NFC North. They’ve lost two straight games by single digits to good teams. Jay Cutler is still en route to...
All the Twitter backlash of QB Jay Cutler and his inability to hold the ball is irrelevant to the 358 yards passing, 2 touchdowns and passer rating of 128.1, with NO interceptions. There were numerous balls dropped, one of which was an in-the-money catch that WR Earl Bennett let bounce off his chest. The double coverage on WR Brandon Marshall forced Cutler to move the ball around...
The Bears are running very thin at the defensive tackle position. Coming into Sunday's game, the team had been forced to place Henry Melton on Injured Reserve. They will now also be without Stephen Paea, who missed practice all week with a toe injury. Without both Melton and Paea, the Bears defensive front will be a weakspot for the team. Nate Collins and Landon Cohen, both...
Everyone knows that the ‘Thursday Night Football’ game is a nice link between Monday and Sunday games, but produces cringe-worthy television. Chicago and New York are fortunate enough to get their mandatory mid-week game out of the way early.
Both teams head into their night tilt looking at was has gone wrong more than what has gone right. The Bears have lost two straight games...
New York Giants (0-5) at Chicago Bears (3-2)
Ordinarily, Chicago would be the easy choice in this situation. The home team also usually covers on Thursday Night Football, because, on a short week, you need all the time you can get to prepare and having to travel puts you at a disadvantage. The home team is especially advantaged when they are favored and in a non-divisional matchup...
The Chicago Bears say defensive tackle Nate Collins will miss
the rest of the season because of a knee injury.
Chicago Bears players and coaches discuss today's 26-18 loss to the New Orleans Saints.
Join Bear Report publisher Jeremy Stoltz from the Soldier Field press box throughout today's NFC contest between the Chicago Bears and the New Orleans Saints.