Bears grades: Just forget this ever happened


(670 The Score) It’s done. The key to moving on from the Bears' miserable 31-10 loss to the Jets on a rainy Sunday will be saying as few words as possible about it. The Bears? Bad. The Jets? Better than the Bears. Here are some grades.

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Offense: D
To the Bears' credit, their offense responded to the Jets’ opening nine-play touchdown drive with a nine-play drive of their own. And yeah, they had to settle for a field goal because, as it turns out, throwing a corner fade against Sauce Gardner isn’t a high-percentage play. It seemed like the Bears' offense was particularly invested in getting Chase Claypool involved early on, which was nice. He even caught a deep ball! And no one complained about pass interference! It was a heartwarming moment all around. In other wide receiver news, Darnell Mooney’s day ended in the locker room with an ankle injury and zero (0) targets. In other, other wide receiver news, Bryon Pringle decided that Sunday, in the pouring rain, with Trevor Siemian (14-of-25 for 179 yards, one touchdown, one interception) under center, was the day he was going to start Moss-ing people in the end zone. In other, other, OTHE – just kidding, there weren’t more than three examples of wide receivers doing stuff. As a unit, they had six catches – one more than Garrett Wilson had on his own. To start the second half, the Bears got the ball down one score and immediately took a sack, ran for four yards on second-and-17 and missed a wide-open checkdown pass before punting. It never really got any better. The offensive line did an admirable job proving to everyone, once and for all, what the issue is. The Jets’ defensive front is no joke, but in a way, giving up two sacks and five quarterback hits felt oddly reassuring – they’re just bad! It’s not a quarterback crisis! Cole Kmet’s day (three receptions, 27 yards, zero touchdowns) looked similar to most of Kmet’s other days, but it’s still Breakout Season SZN for him. And as always, we should take time to carve out some space for David Montgomery praise – he had 14 carries for 79 yards, which isn't all that impressive on its own but is a significant achievement when you remember who he was playing against. And also, who he was playing for.

Defense: D
On the first drive of the game, it only took the Jets nine plays and less than five minutes to go 75 yards for a touchdown. It was in that moment when it truly dawned on people what Wilson vs. Kindle Vildor was going to look like. As the Bears have tended to do over the past few weeks, they settled down for most of the first half afterward. The defense looked up for the challenge until late in the second quarter, when Eddie Jackson went down with a non-contact injury to his left leg on Wilson’s 54-yard touchdown catch. The team later specified it was a foot injury, and that was the last we saw of him Sunday. Hopefully it’s not the last we see of him all season. The first half ended on a positive note thanks to Armon Watts, who did well to get to Mike White for a sack – the first for a Bears defensive lineman since Week 6 – that forced the Jets into settling for a 57-yard (lol) field goal. This is where I point out that linebacker Jack Sanborn tackled people, because Bears media is required to point that out every single week. At a certain point, however, it’s hard to really blame a team playing Elijah Hicks and DeAndre Houston-Carson for huge stretches of time. Like, of course they gave up 31 points?

Special teams: B? I dunno. 
Cairo Santos had a clean four points (one extra point, one field goal), though his field goal paled in comparison to the Jets' Greg Zuerlein’s 57-yarder in the rain. Trenton “All-Pro” Gill punted the ball five times and averaged 48.8 yards per boot, so another day at the office for him. Dante Pettis caught a punt and the Bears decided that returning kickoffs wasn’t in the cards Sunday (six touchbacks). And even though the Bears literally had no part in it, that weird field-goal play that the Jets botched officially is a positive play for the Bears’ special teams, so who really won the game?!?

Cam Ellis is a writer for 670 The Score and Audacy Sports. Follow him on Twitter @KingsleyEllis.

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