Wide Receivers/Tight Ends
Barkley did a good job at spreading the ball around, connecting with five wide receivers and two tight ends. Marquess Wilson finished with eight receptions for 125 yards (both game-highs) and a touchdown. Deonte Thompson had five catches of his own for 43 yards and a touchdown, which cut the deficit to six points in the fourth quarter. Tight end Daniel Brown was on the receiving end of Barkley’s first touchdown of the day.
All of this sounds great, but the major headline of this story is the fact that the Bears’ receiving corps dropped several passes throughout the entire game. The two most crucial drops came during Chicago’s final drive of the game, when Josh Bellamy dropped a pass in the end zone after the ball hit him right between the numbers on a first-and-goal. Later, Thompson dropped the ball on fourth-and-goal, cementing the Bears’ ninth loss of the year.