CHI-KC Grades: McPhee continues to be foundation of Bears’ defense

The top takeaways and highest-graded players from the Bears' 18-17 win over the Chiefs.

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(AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

(AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

CHI-KC Grades: McPhee continues to be foundation of Bears’ defense


Here are the top takeaways and highest-graded players from the Bears’ last minute 18-17 win over the Chiefs:

Chicago Bears

– QB Jay Cutler (+1.1) was sacked only three times on Sunday, but he dealt with constant pressure as the make-shift offensive line allowed combined 19 hurries. It was not a great debut by rookie C Hroniss Grasu (-4.3), who struggled with the strength and power of NT Dontari Poe (+1.5) and company. Charles Leno Jr. (-10.8) filled in for Jermon Bushrod at left tackle for the second-straight game, and he did not fare well facing Tamba Hali (+4.0). Leno allowed seven pressures, was beaten several times as a run blocker, and was called for two penalties. The offensive line, in its current state, is clearly the weakness of the Bears’ offense.

– OLB Pernell McPhee (+3.1) continues to be the foundation of the Bears’ defense. One sack and three hurries, coupled with a good showing in run defense once again, earned him this fourth-straight positive overall grade. His +20.0 overall grade over the last four weeks is second to only Von Miller among 3-4 outside linebackers.

– With WR Alshon Jeffery still sidelined, Marquess Wilson (+1.7) put together his best performance of the season. He caught six of eight passes for 85 yards and his first touchdown of the season for a +1.7 overall grade. However, the same cannot be said for Martellus Bennett. The tight end had one of the worst games you will see from him, with just four catches on 11 targets, including two drops. He also had a penalty, and earned slightly negative grades in pass protection and as a run blocker.

Top performers

LB Sam Acho (+3.5)

LB Pernell McPhee (+3.1)

S Adrian Amos (+1.9)

WR Marquess Wilson (+1.7)

WR Cameron Meredith (+1.4)

 

Kansas City Chiefs

– For the first 58 minutes of the game, this was one of the best defensive performances you would have seen all year. The Chiefs’ front seven controlled the Bears’ offensive line for the majority of the game. DE Jaye Howard (+3.6) continued his impressive start to the season. He has been great in run defense with a position-best 25 percent run stop percentage. Sunday was the first time he has really shined as a pass rusher too, though. His six total pressures against the Bears were more than the five pressures he had in the first four games of the season combined

– Eric Berry (+5.2) led the way in coverage with one of the team’s six pass defenses. He allowed four catches on seven targets for just 21 yards, and a long of seven yards. Berry also had two hurries and earned a positive run defense grade, helping him earn the second-highest overall grade of his career.

– While it was a tough loss to Chicago, arguably the bigger loss is the injury to Jamaal Charles, who will reportedly be out the remainder of the season. That means the Chiefs will turn to Charcandrick West and Knile Davis in Charles’ absence. West had seemingly taken over as the number two running back the last few weeks, and had seven carries for 31 yards for a -0.5 run grade against the Bears. Meanwhile, Davis has barely seen the field on offense. His four snaps on Sunday were his first since Week 2.

Top performers

S Eric Berry (+5.2)

OLB Tamba Hali (+4.1)

DE Jaye Howard (+3.6)

OLB Justin Houston (+3.2)

DE Allen Bailey (+2.2)

| Analyst

Matt has been an analyst for PFF since 2013. He is also a contributor to 120 Sports and a former NCAA Division-III football player.

  • GiveNoFuq

    Hali and Houston graded pretty high, but from what I saw they had no real impact as far as rushing the passer. I thought Long did a good job against Houston particularly.

    • MorganW

      yeah, not really sure how they grade Hali and Houston over McPhee who had a sack, pressures and run stops. Keep in mind that Houston just got a $100 mil deal to get to the QB. He didn’t get there once. No grade on Long?

    • https://twitter.com/MALACHiOFCOURSE Malachi

      run defense matters too, amongst many other factors that determine the OVERALL grade

  • Jason Williams

    not sure how to feel about this game as a Bears fan. Really want this season to go full on to the toilet so we can get a franchise QB in the draft and move forward.

    • Phil Kloc

      Before you know it we’ll be looking at a 4-3 record and talking playoffs. Their schedule is unbelievably soft in December/January. Believe it. Jay is our quarterback.

      • Jason Williams

        ok I’ll bite…

        Det WIN
        BYE
        vs MIN LOSS
        at SD crushing LOSS
        at St Louis LOSS
        vs Denver LOSS
        at GB look out below…
        vs SF WIN
        vs WAS (who knows, the Bears and Skins are sort of the same team)
        at MIN LOSS
        at TB WIN
        vs DET WIN

        I’m at 6-10 or 7-9 – how do we get to the playoffs on that?

        • twelsh36446

          Sorry Jason, but the Lion’s will beat up on the Bears like there is no tomorrow because their isn’t for them. They have had some tough losses against some really good teams teams that you haven’t played yet, so stick it where the sun don’t shine Jason. Besides, they don’t need a much of an offense against Jay Cutler, and very little defense either lmao.

        • twelsh36446

          Sorry Jason, but the Lion’s will beat up on the Bears like there is no tomorrow because their isn’t for them. They have had some tough losses against some really good teams teams that you haven’t played yet, so stick it where the sun don’t shine Jason. Besides, they don’t need a much of an offense against Jay Cutler, and very little defense either lmao.

          • Jason Williams

            “because their isn’t for them” grammar much? oh that’s right you’re a DETROIT GUY!

          • twelsh36446

            I’ll say again Jason stick where the sun don’t shine. Sorry Jason, I’m from Chicago. It just isn’t in the cards for them. why you the grammar police? I would worry about your own grammar Jason ahole.

          • twelsh36446

            You a grammar cop? If so you can kiss my big white as(s)

    • Tim Edell

      Any “fan” who hopes “their” team loses when they are 1-3 are not fans. If your a fan you do not ever want to see your season go in the toilet..absolutely moronic!!

      • Jason Williams

        Oh Tim. I have missed you so much.

      • Jason Williams

        Oh Tim. I have missed you so much.

      • CAN’TBEATMYPACKERS

        still childish.

    • Tim Edell

      Any “fan” who hopes “their” team loses when they are 1-3 are not fans. If your a fan you do not ever want to see your season go in the toilet..absolutely moronic!!

    • ExPat_in_Krakow

      Why do you think a franchise QB will only be available in the top 5 picks? Since when has this happened consistently?

      The Bears finished 5-11 last season and selected 7th. There have been FAR more Super Bowl QBs selected pick #7 and after (including those traded for who did not win with the team than picked them) than those selected in the top 6 picks that won with the team that picked them.

      The idea of Sucking for Luck is a fantasy. Just look at Luck this season. Look at the Super Bowl QBs last season – a 3rd rounder and a 6th rounder.

      Your entire strategy is 70% myth.

    • ExPat_in_Krakow

      Why do you think a franchise QB will only be available in the top 5 picks? Since when has this happened consistently?

      The Bears finished 5-11 last season and selected 7th. There have been FAR more Super Bowl QBs selected pick #7 and after (including those traded for who did not win with the team than picked them) than those selected in the top 6 picks that won with the team that picked them.

      The idea of Sucking for Luck is a fantasy. Just look at Luck this season. Look at the Super Bowl QBs last season – a 3rd rounder and a 6th rounder.

      Your entire strategy is 70% myth.

  • Johnny Hatelak

    Wow! Hali and especially Houston had WAY too high of a grade. I mean this is a cool site and all but these grading systems you guys use are extremely flawed. I thought Long kicked Houston’s ass. Leno did not have a negative grade IMO. For the most part he was one on one, and held his own against a premiere player in one of the loudest stadiums in all of sports forget football.