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:
– 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.
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.
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)