Week 10 Bears Grades: Defensive backs

Week 10 Bears Grades: Defensive backs
November 10, 2013, 7:15 pm
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Detroit came into Sunday's game averaging 318 passing yards per game and was “held” to 219 by a secondary that had some good moments and some very bad. The Lions had five plays of 22 yards or longer.

Two of those were supplemented by penalties on Charles Tillman, one for a horse-collar tackle and the other for grabbing the facemask.

Chris Conte’s leaping deflection of a fourth-down try in he second quarter was game-changing and came several snaps after Tillman dove to break up a throw to an open Calvin Johnson. But Conte was completely embarrassed on a Reggie Bush run on the first possession of the second half, at the end of which Tillman needed the horse-collar tackle to make the stop.

Conte did grab the only interception of Matthew Stafford when the quarterback overthrew Johnson. Conte returned the interception 35 yards to set up a field goal when the offense penalized its way out of a touchdown situation.

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“(Stafford) put the ball up, and I just went after it and got it,” Conte said. “But I needed to score on that, because I think we got a field goal out of that offensive drive. So I need to help out the offense and score there.”

Major Wright had a tipped pass in his hands in the first quarter and bobbled it away, missing a platinum opportunity that went on to become a Detroit field goal in a two-point game.

Johnson caught six of 17 passes targeted for him, but they were good enough for 83 yards and two touchdowns against Tillman, who needed more help than usual but didn’t get it.

“We tried to get some help on Calvin during the course of the game and just didn’t get it done,” coach Marc Trestman said.

Moon's Grade: D+