These three Chicago Bears laid duds vs the Cardinals in Week 13

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Chicago Bears Week 13 Dud No. 2: Cole Kmet

After a week that saw Cole Kmet have one of his best games as a pro, Kmet turned in one of his worst performances so far after just not having it against the Cardinals.

Things started out rough as he dropped his first target which was a good play to an open part of the zone coverage. Andy Dalton put the ball on the money and Kmet fell while trying to possess the catch, but he bobbled it and the ball was eventually collected by Budda Baker for the interception and nearly a pick-six.

A timely holding call and some miscommunications added to Kmet’s day to forget. He just could not get comfortable in the offense today, and eventually, he was taken out in favor of Jimmy Graham, who was even a run blocker late in the game.

The coaches have put a lot of faith in Kmet this year as the starting tight end. He is used as a blocker and as one of the main options in the offense, especially recently. He is a young player only in his second year, so confidence is key for him. After a game like today and seeing his reps go down as the game went on could put a damper on his confidence.

With Allen Robinson out the last couple of weeks and not being a factor in the offense this year Kmet has a large role on the team. The yards are not a lot this year, but the targets and catches have been steady.

Kmet needs to stop making the same mistakes over and over again and he could be a top tight end in the game with his strengths. He has shown the ability to be good, but he needs to be consistent, or he will fall out of favor quickly.