Alshon Jeffery Earns Chicago Bears Week 13 Game Ball
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Chicago Bears vs. Detroit Lions: Bears lose final score 34-17
It was a fast start for the Bears offense, something we haven’t seen in a while. They looked like they were on a roll, but the fire quickly fizzled. After gaining momentum with quick passes and the screen game against an excellent Detroit Lions pass rush, the Bears soon lost their way. The Lions defense caught on to Marc Trestman’s offensive game plan and made necessary adjustments to shut down the Bears.
The only real bright spot in the game was the performance by Alshon Jeffery. Other than a Robbie Gould field goal, Jeffery provided the Bears only points of the day. Jeffery scored on a 10 yard touchdown reception from quarterback Jay Cutler on the opening drive. After a forced fumble by Jared Allen setting the Bears up for first and goal, Jeffery caught his second touchdown of the game on a six yard reception. In addition to his two touchdowns, Jeffery finished the game with nine receptions and 71 receiving yards.
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He was the only one to show up big on Thursday. The usually reliable Matt Forte couldn’t make much happen against a stingy Lions defensive front, who’s known for playing well against the run. Brandon Marshall had an off day and despite 23 receptions along with 109 yards receiving, Martellus Bennett wasn’t able to reach the end zone. The offense continued to be undisciplined with more penalties, and Cutler was his usual self with two turnovers. Jeffery put forth the effort, but it wasn’t enough to help his team win.
The Bears offense collapsed as they have in almost every game this season. At the end of the game, the cameras caught Jeffery on the sidelines with a look of disappointment on his face, a look shared by Bears fans all across the country knowing the season is over. It will be interesting to see how Jeffery and the Bears rebound next week when they face the Dallas Cowboys at home on Thursday Night Football.