Stock up-Stock down: Chicagos Bears Week One loss to Falcons

GLENDALE, AZ - AUGUST 19: Tarik Cohen
GLENDALE, AZ - AUGUST 19: Tarik Cohen /

With the first game of the season in the books it’s time to examine who did their jobs and who didn’t. Here is our stock up/stock down evaluation for the Chicago Bears

Stock up.

  1. DE Akiem Hicks

Hicks was on a tear after receiving a contract extension that ties to the Bears for the next four years. Hicks had the only two sacks the Bears recorded in the game. He also had two tackles for a loss. He was dominant in all aspects of the game whether defending the rush or rushing the passer. The one black eye is his late hit against QB Matt Ryan which came on a crucial third down play that keep their drive alive.

  1. RB Tarik Cohen

Cohen was all over the field and provided the Bears with a much needed spark on offense. He had the longest play for the Bears on a 46 yard run. He lined up at receiver and would have had a touchdown if the defender hadn’t made a last second deflection. He was also returning punts and averaged 15 yards on three attempts. Cohen is exciting to watch I just hope he can survive the season because he took some brutal hits out there.

  1. CB Kyle Fuller

Fuller got the start with Prince Amukamara inactive due to injury. He did very well. He was tackling the Falcons in space and with great closing speed. He played physical which has been one of his traits since he was drafted. With no penalties against him or touchdowns. I think we can reassured that Fuller played very well and that is a huge relief for the Bears whose secondary was roasted most of last season.

Stock Down

  1. OT Bobby Massie

Mike Glennon was harassed in the pocket much of the day and was sacked four times. At least two of those sacks came off of Massie’s man. And the most devastating sack came on 4th down as the Bears were trying to win the game. Massie needs to step up his game badly. The good news was he played against Vic Beasley most of the game who is one of the best sack artists in the game. The bad news is there is nobody on the roster to replace Massie.

  1. S Quintin Demps

Demps was signed to provide veteran leadership and produce turnovers. Today he looked like a veteran Bears safety meaning he blew assignments. Look no farther than the 88 yard touchdown he gave up to TE Austin Hooper on 3rd down and three. Demps was looking to help against Julio Jones who was covered by Kyle Fuller (by the way) and Hooper runs by him for the easy score.Demps has been in the league too long to allow that to happen.

  1. OC Dowell Loggains

The Bears leading receiver was Tarik Cohen who led all Bears with 8 catches. But when the Bears were on the field trying to win the game in the last drive Cohen was on the bench until the last play. It makes no sense to have him there when he was the top receiver. To add on to that Loggains called such a conservative game plan in the first half. Last year Loggains left us scratching our heads several times. Looks like he picked up where he left off.