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Stock up, Stock down: Bears-Bills

Who is playing good and who needs to improve as the Bears move into a division stretch

NFL: Chicago Bears at Buffalo Bills Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

The Bears took care of business against an overmatched Buffalo Bills team and hit the middle point of the NFL season with a winning record.

Now, as they head into the second half of the season they start with three chances to take care of business inside the division and really take charge of the NFC North.

There was plenty of good Sunday, but, we always have to look at the bad to go with it.

Stock up

Leonard Floyd, OLB - Despite once again being shut out in the sack category, Floyd was flying around and making plays in other ways, including a pick six for a touchdown. He added a pass defensed and a QB hit, which earns him a place on this list. He’s getting closer and it truly feels like it’s a matter of time.

Kyle Fuller, CB - Fuller is probably the MVP of the game Sunday. He had another interception, his fourth in four games, but he also directly led to the other two with deflections that teammates Floyd and Adrian Amos were in position to grab. Fuller was credited with three PDs to go with his pick.

Anthony Miller, WR - The passing game was less than spectacular this week against a strong Buffalo secondary, but Miller made the most of it. He got open and Mitch Trubisky found him, to the tune of five catches and 49 yards. Miller’s targets over each of the last four games are: four, seven, seven and six. More encouraging his catches have ticked up: one, two, three, five, in each of those respective games.

Stock down

Mitchell Trubisky, QB - It was against a good secondary that has slowed down the likes of Rodgers and Brady, and granted, the Bears didn’t really even have that many possessions due to the turnovers, but Trubisky struggled. He completed 60 percent of his passes, but for just 135 yards, a garbage time touchdown and an interception. He needs to step his game up if the Bears are going to start winning the meaningful games down the stretch.

He was money on third down early in the game, but after that it was messy.

Charles Leno Jr., LT - What the hell happened to the Bears’ LT? He’s been solid all year and he suddenly melted down for three false starts, including consecutively. Leno is better than that and hopefully this is the outlier and not a trend.

Prince Amukamara, CB - Amukamara was hit with three penalties that were accepted and had a fourth declined due to Aaron Lynch’s hip thrusts. There was some suspect calls Sundays but Prince has to play more technically sounds to avoid allowing opponents to sustain their drives.

Who stood out to you and who do you think needs to improve?