Bears grades vs. Eagles: Receivers

Bears grades vs. Eagles: Receivers
December 23, 2013, 10:15 am
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The absence of rhythm in the offense overall was reflected in the failure to make good use of the NFL’s reigning best receiving pair. Alshon Jeffery and Brandon Marshall each were targeted nine times, but each only once in an abysmal first quarter that saw the Eagles run 21 plays to the Bears’ nine. Jeffery finished with six catches for 75 yards while Marshall caught four but for a paltry 36 yards and one touchdown.

Martellus Bennett made some clutch catches in the second quarter to quietly give the offense some flow at a time when it had absolutely none. His 24-yard catch-and-run got the Bears into the Philadelphia red zone midway through the second quarter.

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Bennett also turned in a 30-yard catch in the third quarter that put the Bears at the Philadelphia 1-yard line, from where they would score on the pass to Marshall but not before taking a delay-of-game penalty.

Coaches appeared to be calling more intermediate, lesser-percentage routes as the game progressed, sharply leaving the offense with tough chances for third-down conversions or even completions in some stretches. The offense had three or fewer plays on five of its 11 possessions.

“We couldn’t get a run started,” said coach Marc Trestman. “Nothing really happened on our side of it. We just couldn’t get anything done.”