Chicago Bears vs. Carolina Panthers: Defensive grades

Ruben Hill
October 24, 2017

The difference in time of possession would have led you to believe that the Panthers won this game, as they had the ball for 38 minutes compared to the Bears who had it for only 21 minutes.

It also says a lot about what the Bears are doing under head coach John Fox.

"I don't know if that's really a benchmark for us, to be honest", he said. But the rookie bought into the Bears' conservative gameplan for him and, with a 14-point lead for most of the game, wasn't going to force anything.

Eddie Yarbrough, Buffalo Bills: The rookie defensive lineman came off the bench to record three tackles (one solo) during Buffalo's 30-27 victory over visiting Tampa Bay. First, some butterfingers from Curtis Samuel on an option play gave Jackson a 75-yard fumble return TD.

Last week, quarterback Cam Newton said two Carolina turnovers that led to Eagles' touchdowns were "layups" for the visitors.

Balancing act: Jackson was hardly the lone contributor on Chicago's defense.

Mistakes and offensive struggles continue to be the story behind the Carolina Panthers. Kicker Conner Barth was backed up for a 52-yard field goal, which the Panthers blocked.

"I'll be on the receivers and tight ends this week to continue to ideal our timing and routes", Trubisky said. "Don't be (passive).' That's what they brought me here to do". "They're making plays, flying around, crowd was into it and feeding off their energy".

Mitchell Trubisky attempted only seven passes.

Trubisky was sacked four times, preferring to hang on to the ball for a loss than risk throwing an interception that could've swung momentum in Carolina's favor. That's not quite as true in football, but Sunday proved that quarterbacks don't always do much to change the outcome of a game. "We had more pass plays called". "However, it mostly falls on me, so I just have to get better".

"We were very methodical", coach Ron Rivera said.

"We have to get the job done, and offensively we didn't. We squandered that opportunity".

The big plays haven't been there like they were two and three weeks ago at New England and Detroit when the Panthers totaled five plays of 20-plus yards in each of those games. He was hurt in a season-opening win over San Francisco.

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