How did the Chicago Bears cornerbacks fare against the New England Patriots?
Let’s face it, Sunday was not a good day for any player wearing a Chicago Bears uniform. However, like every week, we have to go back to the tape and find out what went well and what went wrong.
As always, we will look at each cornerback, and see how they fared in the passing game.
Kyle Fuller was 5-6 when targeted, most of his targets coming against Josh Gordon. The toughest completion allowed was the fourth-down pass to Gordon. However, Fuller made a great play to break up a strong route by Julian Edelman and also recorded an interception on a tipped pass.
Kyle Fuller 5-6, 61 yards, One Interception
Season to date: 23-39, 350, Four Touchdowns, Three Interceptions 9.0 yards per target
Prince Amukamara was targeted five times, giving up three receptions. His most devastating reception was also due to Josh Gordon. Gordon burst for 55 yards after Amukamara gave him too much inside leverage over the middle of the field.
Prince Amukamara 3-5, 74 yards
Season to date: 11-24, 200 One Touchdown, One interception, 8.3 yards per target
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Bryce Callahan was banged up coming into the game and even missed some time during the game. However, he fought hard and played arguably the best of the bunch.
Bryce Callahan 3-4, 21 yards, One Touchdown
Season to date: 23-28, 243 yards, Two Interception, 8.6 yards per target
Sherick McManis 1-1, 11 yards
Season to date: 4-6, 41 yards, One TD One Interception
Season to date: 9-13, 125 yards, 9.6 yards per target
The Patriots did a good job of hitting the cornerbacks and linebackers in the passing game. This left the safeties a bit unharmed. The duo combined to allow two receptions on five targets, going for 17 yards.
Eddie Jackson 1-3, 9 yards
Season to date: 7-12, 113 yards, Two Touchdown, One Interception, 9.4 yards per target
Adrian Amos 1-2, 8 yards
Season to date: 11-15 115 yards, 7.7 yards per target
However, with Amos and Jackson being spared, the linebackers were worked in the passing game. The Patriots attacked Roquan Smith early, and for the first time, he looked phased. He settled in but gave up 29 yards and a touchdown.
Roquan Smith 3-4, 29 yards One Touchdown
Season to Date: Season to date: 19-28, 131 yards, Two Touchdown, 4.6 yards per target
Danny Trevathan played well and tackled after the catch. Most of his receptions allowed were tough calls where Tom Brady got the defense in a tough spot. Going through every pass attempt does give you respect for Brady.
Danny Trevathan 4-6, 43 yards
Season to Date: 16-21, 226 yard, One Touchdown, One Interception 10.8 yards per target
Then, the outside linebackers. Most people were very disappointed to see how often Khalil Mack and Leonard Floyd were in coverage in this game. While they only gave up three receptions for 18 yards, one went for a touchdown.
Also, the gripe has to be that their lack of ability to bring pressure was what helped in the linebackers and cornerbacks being picked apart in the short passing game.