Position Grades for Bears after epic collapse to Lions
|Sunday, December 13, 2020, 8:50 AM- -|
It was another disappointing week for the Chicago Bears, and frankly, an embarrassing one. Another week, another loss, this time to the Detroit Lions. The Bears had a chance to gain some ground in the NFC and lost their sixth in a row.
Let’s give out our usual position grades for the Bears, who were defeated by Matt Stafford and the Lions in a 34-30 loss.
Mitchell Trubisky got his second straight start and was able to move the ball admirably. Trubiksy seemed calm, had a quarterback rating of 116.4, and threw a touchdown pass while passing for 267 yards on Sunday. The Bears offense put up 30 points for the first time since week three and just the second time all year. However, a late turnover from Trubisky on third down dropped his rating to a C+, as the Bears dropped their sixth in a row. However, it remains apparent that Trubisky is the best option at QB for the Bears.
Running backs: B+
David Montgomery followed up his first 100-yard performance of the year with another solid effort. Montgomery had 17 carries for 72 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Montgomery also caught four passes for 39 yards. Cordarelle Patterson had 10 carries for 59 yards and a touchdown and added a catch as well. One of the best games from this unit all year.
Wide Receivers: C
This unit performed admirably enough to earn a C. The blame might not be placed on this unit, but the production wasn’t quite there. Allen Robinson had a solid game with six catches for 75 yards. Rookie Darnell Mooney caught four passes for 43 yards and ran some good routes. Anthony Miller continued to be involved with five catches for 56 yards. The unit was solid, just not special.
Tight Ends: C
This unit, with an overfilled position room, had a solid day on Sunday. Rookie Jimmy Graham went without a catch, but Cole Kmet had five catches, 37 yards, and his first career touchdown. The Bears haven’t been able to have both produce at the same time, but at least they are getting production from some.
Offensive Line: C-
The offensive line wasn’t great once again, allowing two sacks. Some injuries mixed with a bad effort show this unit is the Bears’ weakest one, but this wasn’t their weakest game.
Defensive Line: C
The D-line wasn't great on Sunday. The unit allowed Adrian Peterson to rush for a pair of touchdowns and struggled to pressure Matthew Stafford. Two sacks weren’t enough for this game, but Bilal Nichols’ sack and interception save this unit's grade a bit.
Khalil Mack was quiet for the Bears, like not even on the stat sheet quiet. The usually involved Roquan Smith had seven tackles. Danny Trevathan had just three tackles, but nobody really made a difference.
The Lions had so many big plays. Stafford passed for over 400 yards against this Bears defense, and they struggled to make plays or even force any type of turnovers. Eddie Jackson had just a pair of tackles, and Kyle Fuller was quiet as well. This unit is typically much better.
Special Teams: C
Cairo Santos was 1-1 on field goals and 3/4 on extra points, nothing spectacular. The return game was kept in check, with Patterson returning just one kick for 45 yards and the rest going out of the end zone or away from him.
There were absolutely issues with the play calling, but it was so bad on both sides of the ball the blame is hard to place. The offense had moments where it clicked, but also some occasions where they did not look like one cohesive unit. Late in the game, when they had the chance to put Detroit away, they could not — simple as that.
Nonetheless, this team is now 5-7 and looking to make it 6-7 and snap their losing streak this week at home against the Houston Texans on Sunday.