Moon's Week 10 Grades
The work of the receivers on third downs in the first half was as strong as any game this season, and it was virtually every member of the corps. And it continued through most of the game, with the Bears throwing 49 times and both Alshon Jeffery (114) and Brandon Marshall (139) topping 100 yards.
Marshall rocked the Lions on their heels on the game’s third play when he converted a third down with a 17-yard catch, followed by one of 12 and a third of 32 yards for the Bears’ first touchdown. He added the game-tying touchdown with 40 seconds to play by working free in the Detroit end zone and making a difficult catch under pressure.
“It’s going to go down to the last drive (against the Lions and Packers),” Marshall said. “We didn’t get the job done.”
Jeffery committed the one big drop of a ball when he couldn’t handle a throw in the end zone by Jay Cutler, and he couldn’t control a corner route in the end zone that was ruled a touchdown but rightly overruled upon review.
“I thought I had it,” Jeffery said, “but at the end I knew I had bobbled it. Sometimes you win, and sometimes you don’t.”
Jeffery finished with nine catches (on 18 “targets”) and Marshall caught seven of his 12 opportunities.
Martellus Bennett was able to pick up a third-down conversion with a 13-yard gain and had a second two plays later. The significance was that they sustained a drive when neither team was taking any real control of the game. Bennett finished with four catches of the six balls thrown to him.
Moon's Grade: A-