Fourth-Quarter Rally Lifts Bears To Win- Recap of the Bears' win from the team's official website. (Larry Mayer; ChicagoBears.Com)
Re-Focused: Bears-Browns- Sam Monson of Pro Football Focus writes about the player grades handed out by PFF in this game, and what they took away from the game overall.
For the Bears, the three players Monson focused on for their performances in the game were defensive end Shea McClellin, defensive tackle Jeremiah Ratliff, and wide receiver Brandon Marshall.
McClellin came away with the worst grade in the game at -4.4, and with a pass-rushing grade of -3.0. Monson wonders the same thing many Bears fans have wondered in recent weeks: Is it time to give up on McClellin?
"Whether he is ill-suited to the scheme or not remains an open question, but for a pass-rusher if nothing else he should be able to generate pressure on the edge, and he isn’t. Against the run this season his grade now stands at an ugly -17.6 but his pass rush grade is also firmly in the red at -9.2, -3.0 of which came in this game against the Browns. He wasn’t blanked, but generated just two hurries from 49 snaps and never really looked like a factor in the game. Maybe all he needs is a new scheme, and the switch from 4-3 to 3-4 has transformed players countless times in the past, but if the Bears aren’t planning on a schematic switch that dramatic themselves it must surely be time to move on from him and start again."
Ratliff, however, looked very good in the game. He looked like the Jeremiah Ratliff that went to four Pro Bowls with the Dallas Cowboys (so, Jay Ratliff). Ratliff received a +1.4 grade from PFF, including a +1.8 grade against the run (where the Bears have needed more help than perhaps any team in NFL history).
Marshall received an offense-best +3.7 grade from PFF for his performance in the game. He received a +1.9 grade for his run blocking, a department in which he is far and away PFF's No.1 receiver on the year. Oh, and he's also their top-ranked receiver on the year overall at +35.6, far ahead of the second-highest graded receiver, Calvin Johnson (+22.2). (Sam Monson; Pro Football Focus)
Takeaways From Chicago's 38-31 Victory Over Cleveland- Matt Eurich takes a look at the main things to take away from the Bears' victory. (Matt Eurich; Bleacher Report)
Bears Brave Cold, Score 21 Unanswered 4th Quarter Points To Defeat Browns- Jay Rigdon's game recap at Bleacher Nation's brand-new Bears section. Like I said last week, make sure to bookmark them. (Jay Rigdon; Bleacher Nation)
Durkin's Rapid Reaction: Cutler Delivers Down The Stretch- Great takeaways from the game as always from Dan Durkin, one of the best X's and O's guys in the business. (Dan Durkin; 670 The Score)
Biggs: 10 Thoughts After Bears' Win- Brad Biggs covers all sorts of areas in this article, including the Bears' 2014 schedule:
With two games to go, the Bears’ schedule for the 2014 season remains up in the air. The Bears will host the corresponding finisher from the NFC East next season and have a road game at the corresponding finisher in the NFC West. Right now, the Bears could finish in first, second or third in their division. That means any one of the four South teams could be coming to Soldier Field next season. The only thing ruled out as far as a West Division road trip is St. Louis, which is locked into fourth place. So that means a long flight to Seattle, San Francisco or Phoenix.
(Brad Biggs; Chicago Tribune)
Bears Best Browns 38-31, Keep Playoff Hopes Alive- James Neveau's recap of the Bears win. Make sure to follow him on Twitter, especially if you're a Blackhawks fan as well. (James Neveau; Grizzly Detail)
Cutler Brushes Off Mistakes, Lifts Bears Into First Place- (Dan Wiederer; Chicago Tribune)
Jay Cutler, Bears Overcome Shaky Start In Victory Over Browns- (John Mullin; CSN Chicago)
Alshon Jeffery's Knack For Spectacular The Signature Of Offensive Renaissance In Chicago- I think the Bears may have something with this Alshon Jeffery fella. Make sure to read this great post on Jeffery & the Bears offense from Jeff Hughes. (Jeff Hughes; Da Bears Blog)
Alshon Jeffery's TD Catch Further Illustrates His Emerging Excellence- (Mark Potash; Chicago Sun-Times)
Chicago Bears Week 15 Report Card- 'Boomer' hands out some grades for the Bears' win. (Mike Burzawa; Bear Goggles On)
Report Card: Bears-Browns- Jeff Dickerson gives the Bears a pretty nice GPA. (Jeff Dickerson; ESPN Chicago)
Tuning Out The Noise- This is a must-read column from Jon Greenberg on Jay Cutler. (Jon Greenberg; ESPN Chicago)
Bears Defense Finally Bails Out Offense- The defense actually playing a solid game and being quality contributors to a Bears win? Huh? I won't believe it in 2013. (Michael C. Wright; ESPN Chicago)
Bears' Beleaguered 'D' Holds Browns Under 100 Rushing Yards- After six straight games of allowing an opposing player to run for 100+ yards (tying an NFL record), the Bears finally stopped that streak in Cleveland. They didn't even allow the Browns as a team to rush for 100 yards. (Adam L. Jahns; Chicago Sun-Times)
Bears Enjoy Big Rushing Game- Matt Forte and Michael Bush were each fantastic for the Bears on the ground in this game. (Dan Wiederer; Chicago Tribune)
Five Things We Learned Vs. Browns- (Jeff Dickerson; ESPN Chicago)
Cornerback Zack Bowman Picks Right Time To Step Up- Zack Bowman had two interceptions, including a pick-six in the Bears' win. And with Charles Tillman and Tim Jennings set to be free agents, maybe this guy is a starting candidate for the 2014 squad? Remember that he's already 29, though, when thinking long-term. (Adam L. Jahns; Chicago Sun-Times)
Cutler Admits To Feeling Pressure In Tough Situation- Jay Cutler is a human being, so naturally he felt pressure going into a game in which much of the fan base wanted Josh McCown to start after playing lights out in Cutler's absence. (Patrick Finley; Chicago Sun-Times)
A Self-Aware Jay Cutler May Be Just What The Chicago Bears Need- Fantastic stuff as usual from Matt Eurich. Make sure to give the whole thing a read, but this is what he concludes with:
As he had to sit there and watch McCown direct this offense — his offense — for the last few weeks, maybe a light did click on. Maybe he realized that this may end up being his “now or never” moment.
Sure, he could probably walk out of Chicago and make big-time quarterback money after the season is over, but for someone who has been notoriously brash throughout his career he may have realized that the best opportunity to succeed in this league is right in front of him.
(Matt Eurich; Chicago Bears Huddle)
Bears Started The Right Quarterback- (Scott Lindholm; 670 The Score)
Maturing Cutler Had Support Of Teammates All Along- (Rick Telander; Chicago Sun-Times)
Bears Becoming More Dangerous In Playoff Race- (Adam Hoge; 670 The Score)
Info Graphic: Updated NFC Playoff Picture- (Chicago Tribune)
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