UA-59049186-1 2020 Week 16: Chicago Bears 41, Jacksonville Jaguars 17 - Good if it Goes

2020 Week 16: Chicago Bears 41, Jacksonville Jaguars 17

You’re welcome, Jacksonville. [Photo credit: @CoreyCarmona on Twitter]

Player Grades

The grading scale goes from -3 to +3 for each play. Screens are graded as runs. Penalties are counted in whatever phase they were committed. Pre- and post-snap penalties are in the “Misc.” column. “Short” throws are 10 yards or less, “Medium” is 10-20, “Deep” is over 20. Everything else (scrambles, throwaways, reads, etc.) is under “Miscellaneous.” Parentheses in a column denote grades/snaps from the opposite side of the ball and are not included in grades/snaps from the player’s usual side. Snap counts are from Pro Football Reference. Box score and other relevant info can be found at that link as well.

Note: No snap counts this week because the 4th quarter isn’t in the charts because blowout.

So, how are we feeling?

At the end of the day, the Bears did what they needed to do: handle a bad team who’s maybe not that upset about losing here. How they got there felt kinda lacking. The Bears farted around for a lot of the first half and let the Jags hang in it. Then in the second half, the Jags turned back into the team leading the Trevor Lawrence sweepstakes and the Bears blew them away. Even when the Bears were at their worst earlier this year, this game was always going to be a win, unless the Bears looked past the Jags and tripped over their own feet. They didn’t do that, hence: W.

You don’t sound super enthused.

I mean, I’m not, really. Like I said, the Bears let the Jags hang around for a half doing the kind of stuff that would get them killed against Green Bay. Mustipher had a really lousy game, putting a damper on what had, to this point, been a very positive development. And then there was this:

Trubisky ran around, saw nothing open,  and continued to run around, whereupon the receivers began following his motion and heading toward the right side of the end zone. Trubisky then heaved one up into quintuple coverage that was, of course, picked. That’s inexcusable at any point, but doing it on first down in the red zone reaches a level of inexcusability that I don’t have words to properly describe. That is why I don’t want him back next year. Like, he’s never going to be a superstar and that’s fine. The Bears don’t even need him to be a superstar. They just need him to not do this. And every week, at least once, he still does some version of this. It’s not a question of if Trubisky’s going to lose you a game, it’s when.

What does this mean going forward?

A win against the Packers or a Cardinals loss to the Rams gets the Bears in the playoffs. The Rams are without Jared Goff and Cooper Kupp. The Cardinals may be without Larry Fitzgerald. The Bears are without Jaylon Johnson. The Packers will be without David Bakhtiari after an ACL tear. The Packers still have Aaron Rodgers and Davante Adams to go up against a Bears defense that everyone seems to have figured out. It’s going to be a tough one.

Monsters

Monty, A-Rob, Graham, Whitehair, Mack, Roquan, Trevathan

Chipmunks

Bars, Mustipher, Trubisky, Ifedi, Quinn

Four Stars of the Game

4star Allen Robinson

3star Jimmy Graham

2star  Roquan Smith

1star David Montgomery, Khalil Mack, Danny Trevathan (All men get one full star because blowout.)

Twitter: @KSchroeder_312

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