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Stock up, stock down: Bears-Giants

One more ugly win to put in the W column, but we’re looking for the good among the bad

New York Giants v Chicago Bears Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images

The Bears got another much-needed win but there still isn’t a lot to celebrate.

Everything was still way too difficult against a hapless opponent. The Bears could only barely manage two touchdowns against a defense that came in allowing 30+ points in their most recent games.

They couldn’t make going for a 2-point conversion easy. Instead they had two penalties and ended up missing a 48-yard extra point attempt.

It’s just that kind of year. Even the good moments are smeared with crap.

Mitch Trubisky had some decent plays, but it was all undone by two awful interceptions. What would have been the longest play of the season was called back by a penalty.

I could go on and on, but you all already know how frustrating this team is. It’s a short week, there’s a lot of previews and coverage that is still to come, so let’s just get to this week’s ups and downs.

Stock up

Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, S - Clinton-Dix had a very good game Sunday. He led the team in tackles, had a key stop on fourth down and was also credited with a pass defensed.

Allen Robinson, WR - Robinson had his second 100-yard game of the season and first since week one. He caught six passes for 131 yards and a touchdown. As I mentioned, it would’ve been even bigger if an offensive line penalty hadn’t called back a 60-yard catch and run.

Cordarrelle Patterson, WR - Patterson played 16 percent of the offensive snaps but didn’t garner any stats. However, he played 52 percent of the special teams snaps and his impact there wasn’t even with the ball in his hands. No, Cordarrelle deserves this spot for making a couple key tackles in the return game and of course downing a Pat O’Donnell punt inside the 10-yard line in the last four minutes of the game. Patterson is a player who came into the league as a first-round pick but has managed to redeem himself by understanding his role and strengths and embracing the third phase. He could be a core special teamer going forward and I think could replace the veteran Sherrick McManis.

Stock down

Let’s set aside the obvious Mitchell Trubisky, Matt Nagy and Eddie Pineiro for a minute, because I think we’re all well aware of their respective standings.

Ben Braunecker, TE - It didn’t take long for Braunk to undo all of his good will. Dropping a wide open pass that could’ve really changed the game (especially considering that drive ends with the first interception of Trubisky’s day). He caught just two of his four targets for nine yards.

David Montgomery, RB - After gaining 13 yards on one of his first carries, he gained just nine yards on the rest of his 12 carries. Yes, the line isn’t good but he left some yards out there, too. He didn’t help himself a lot.

Eddie Jackson, S - Maybe this is unfair, because he did have a TFL and made some good tackles, but he was out of position on the fourth and 18 play that kept the Giants alive. He should know his duties there and know that’s not a play to be somewhere else.

Who are your risers and fallers?