Defensive Line (B-)
I thought the defensive line put together another decent performance. Matthew Stafford ended up the day with a clean uniform – zero sacks – but the pressure the line was able to get forced some errant throws. With reinforcements coming in the person of Jeremiah Ratliff, the rest of the D-line could fall into place.
I thought the linebackers were just OK. Jonathan Bostic has not distinguished himself in the last couple of games as he did in the preseason. James Anderson continues to be a steady performer, but not remarkable. Khaseem Greene didn’t get that much action since the Bears played nickel most of the game.
Chris Conte had a bounceback game with an interception and a couple of other plays on the ball. Major Wright dropped a sure interception and there were still plenty of blown assignments to go around.
Charles Tillman didn’t have his best game against Megatron. In light of today’s news, we have a better idea why Tillman struggled. Tim Jennings also let up a TD on a less than Pro Bowl level.
Special Teams (C-)
With the Bears down 8 points late in the 4th quarter, the Lions were set to kick off to the Bears. I decided to make a pitstop. Remember when you would expect Devin Hester to take one back to put the Bears in a position to tie the game? It’s just not happening. Robbie Gould missed another onside opportunity, going 0-12 in his career.
Coach Trestman earns his first failing grade of the season after a disappointing effort from the sidelines. He can try to defend his decision to stick with Jay Cutler, but even he has backtracked and confirmed that he should have pulled Cutler sooner. I’m not sure if he was trying to earn trust of Cutler and his players or just blind, but I really believe that Trestman cost the Bears this critical division win. Trestman also had another curious decision to go for it on 4th down rather than attempt a very makeable 46 yard field goal. When you lose by two points, that hurts.
What do you think? What grades would hand out?