Safeties: The Bears safeties were actually competent on Sunday for the first time since the Giants game in week 6. Chris Conte had a pathetic tackle attempt on Reggie Bush’s 39 yard run, but also had a crucial interception in the 4th quarter and a clutch pass deflection on a 4th down play in the first quarter. I can stomach the awful tackling if he is at least making plays in the secondary. This is the first positive grade for Conte since week 6. Major Wright dropped a gimme interception in the first half, but played well against the run with 5 tackles (none missed) at least. Wright graded out almost neutral (-.1) which is a major improvement compared to his -3.5 average grade over his last 5 games (ugh).
Jon Bostic: This was the best game of Bostic’s young career. He was in the wrong place on the Lions 1st touchdown, but played well after that with 8 total tackles, 4 of which were considered stops by PFF. He’s getting better every week.
Charles Tillman: Was that Tillman’s last game as a Bear? I hope not as he proved he can still play at a high level with his defense on Calvin Johnson Sunday. Megatron’s final numbers look pretty good (6-83-2) but when you consider it took 17 targets for him to put up those stats, it is a testament to how tough Tillman was on Sunday. The fact that he did it with a triceps injury illustrates what a warrior #33 is. Tillman was placed on the injured reserve Monday, which ends his season. He is an unrestricted free agent, but I hope the Bears bring him back for at least one more season and possibly more if they more him to safety, which would be a huge upgrade at either spot.