Bears grades vs. Eagles: Special teams

Bears grades vs. Eagles: Special teams

December 23, 2013, 1:45 am
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Robbie Gould converted a 50-yard field goal at the end of the first half, a kick that covered more yards than 11 of the Bears’ 12 possessions. That’s the “+” in the “F+.”

Special teams got the Bears off to one of the worst starts this season. Devin Hester had the ball stripped by Bradley Fletcher on the kickoff following the Eagles’ first touchdown, giving the Eagles the ball at the Chicago 39. This followed Adam Podlesh’s first punt was an abysmal 28 yards from the Chicago 18, setting up the Philadelphia offense in position for its first touchdown.

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Podlesh punted six times for an average of just 37.8, contributing to the Eagles’ average starting point of their 32-yard line, vs. the Bears’ at the Chicago 20.

The Eagles showed zero fear of kicking to Hester, and the Bears made nothing out of the opportunities. Hester had respectable return yardage at a 23.5-yard average, but a 36-yard return ended with his fumble and a 37-yard return came after the Philadelphia touchdown that finished the scoring at 54-11.