Week 11 Bears Grades: Special teams

Week 11 Bears Grades: Special teams
November 17, 2013, 11:45 pm
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Robbie Gould provided three field goals in a game decided by three points, including one from 46 yards as the first half ended and then the game-winner from 38 yards in overtime. He rates an A+ for his game, which was better than the rest of the unit.

Coaches opted to go for the overtime kick on third down after a five-yard loss on a Matt Forte run that left the ball at the Baltimore 20.

“We had a yard line picked out,” Gould said. “If (the offense) got to that yard line, obviously you’re going to get a chance to potentially kick, unless there is a penalty. You got to be ready in those situations."

The situation was presented because of a 43-yard pass to Martellus Bennett, who made the tough catch over cornerback Ladarius Webb to put the ball at the Baltimore 22.

“Marty did a great job catching the ball, but the guys on offense did an awesome job getting the ball into position,” Gould said. “The defense did a heck of a job getting a stop and forcing a punt in overtime.”

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Kickoff coverage after the Bears’ go-ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter put the Baltimore Ravens at their own 10. When the defense forced a three-and-out, the offense had the ball back in decent field position.

Adam Podlesh punted six times, dropping two inside the 20 and averaging a decent net of 37.5 yards (vs. 39.3 by Baltimore punter Sam Koch). Coverage units held the Ravens to seven return yards on two returns, and Baltimore averaged just 11.8 yards on four kickoff returns.

But penalties were inexcusable. Zackary Bowman committed a needless hands-to-the-face penalty on a punt going in for a touchback and was later called for a block in the back on a third-quarter punt cost the offense field position. Michael Ford was offsides on the OT kickoff, resulting in a re-kick that gave Baltimore the ball at its 36 instead of the 20.

Moon's Grade: B+