Bears-Browns grades: Secondary

Bears-Browns grades: Secondary
December 15, 2013, 5:45 pm
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Week 15 Bears Grades

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Zackary Bowman’s interception of a second-quarter Jason Campbell pass was only the second in the last four games by the defense but set the offense up at the Chicago 40 (which netted nothing). Bowman then did it all himself with a pick on Cleveland’s first possession of the second half, going 43 yards for the Bears’ sixth interception-return touchdown this season.

“We were in a blitz and I kept my side,” Bowman said. “I actually thought [Campbell] was throwing it away out of bounds. But I kept running and caught up with it.”

Tim Jennings held the NFL’s leading receiver, Josh Gordon, without a catch for the first half and to just three for the game. One was for 43 yards and a touchdown late but Gordon was overall a non-factor.

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Safety Chris Conte slipped on the Gordon TD catch but contributed two breakups of throws to Gordon and added four tackles. Safety Major Wright had five and Jennings had five solo stops to go with a pass breakup. The coverage limited tight end Jordan Cameron to just three catches for the game.

Cleveland finished with 273 passing yards, inflated by the late throw to Gordon with 59 seconds remaining. But the execution in coverage was solid without resorting to risky gimmicks.

“That’s the surprising part,” Gordon said. “They just played cover-2, pretty basic defense.”

Moon's Grade: A-