Oct 26, 2014; Foxborough, MA, USA; Chicago Bears wide receiver Alshon Jeffery (17) scores a touchdown as New England Patriots defensive back Malcolm Butler (21) defends during the fourth quarter at Gillette Stadium. The Patriots won 51-23. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports
The recipient of the Chicago Bears Week 8 Game Ball is Alshon Jeffery.
Another week and yet another loss, except this one was more embarrassing than the last. It was a different opponent but the same losing Bears. They couldn’t score, or stop anyone from scoring. Nothing went right on Sunday; the Bears looked unprepared on all sides of the ball. It wasn’t just one player who lost this game it was a team loss. Everyone deserves blame, from top to bottom. It was horrifying to watch, and unacceptable for a team with a roster as talented as the Bears.
We knew the New England Patriots historically play well at home, but the performance this week by the Bears was just ridiculous. It looked like an All-Pro team facing the practice squad. With that said, it was hard to pick someone to give the game ball to. I thought seriously hard about giving the game ball to the fans for having to watch such a beating and their constant support all season long.
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But after digging through the numbers and reviewing the game further the one player who could make a case for the game ball was Alshon Jeffery. He didn’t have a highlight reel performance or the big catch we have become accustom to seeing him make, but it was still a good game numbers wise. Jeffery had five catches, averaged 11.8 yards per catch, 59 total yards and one touchdown.
Unfortunately, Jeffery wasn’t able to make any plays until late in the game due to the excellent game planning of Bill Belichick. Most of his plays came during what some would call garbage time. The sad truth is that the game was such a wreck that garbage time started after Tom Brady scored his fourth touchdown in the first half and the score was 38-7. Jeffery’s performance didn’t help the Bears win the game, but he showed some Bear Pride and fought until the very end.