Week 12 Bears Grades: Receivers

Week 12 Bears Grades: Receivers
November 24, 2013, 9:45 pm
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Somebody was catching those franchise-record 36 completions by quarterback Josh McCown.

Martellus Bennett’s catch and effort after the grab produced a Bears’ touchdown in the first quarter. The tight end caught four passes altogether and also was a factor in a number of running plays with his blocking on the edges.

Brandon Marshall was a force throughout, starting slowly but then catching three in the second quarter for 33 yards. He finished with catches on 10 of the 12 passes thrown to him for 117 yards, one a three-yarder for a touchdown in the second quarter that had the Bears within a score at 21-14.

But the lack of closing out drives with red-zone catches still is eluding the Bears even with a big, physical receiver group like Bennett, Marshall and Alshon Jeffery, who caught four passes and had a long gainer on a end-around nullified by a holding penalty on fullback Tony Fiammetta.

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“It happens like that,” Marshall said. “The past few weeks we have taken a step back from our normal production, but it came down to those guys making the plays and us not. You just have to fight, deal with adversity better and be better.

“I think we had a good game plan as far as in the passing game, and we will look at film and see how we can make improvements.”

Earl Bennett was pressed into service as much as he has been all season because of the Bears’ need to go with nickel personnel for purposes of playing catch-up. Bennett was targeted on eight passes, caught all eight — a career high.

Moon's Grade: A