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Stock up, stock down: Bears-Vikings recap

Do we really have to recap this one? It was pretty bad.

NFL: Minnesota Vikings at Chicago Bears Quinn Harris-USA TODAY Sports

Everything is so, so, so bad right now for the Bears’ offense. Beyond bad. Just awful. They literally cannot gain a yard and that’s in a game where they didn’t have a lot of penalties called against them either.

It’s almost like we could recite the stats at this point, like some kind of sad, football ballad: seven offensive third quarter points, -2 yards in the third quarter, 30 second-half yards.

There’s really not much else to say. It’s way too late in the season for them to suddenly find something that works, there are absolutely zero answers at QB, no matter who plays and suddenly, in the span of four games, it’s gone from “playoffs” to “reboot.”

Stock up

Roquan Smith - I believe it’s the third straight week I’ve put him up, but dang he’s playing at such a high level, he deserves it. I think we’re now at a point where we should be saying ‘why isn’t Roquan talked about more nationally?’ He is absolutely balling out there and is quickly moving up to being what, the third or fourth best player on the defense, depending on how you want to rank him against Eddie Jackson and Kyle Fuller. Smith was credited with 14 tackles and a sack.

Brent Urban - Urban was a guy I didn’t give much thought to when he was signed but he’s turned into a pretty important role player. He’s not a guy who is going to rack up stats but he’s proving to be a very solid overall player. He had six tackles on Monday night.

Cordarrelle Patterson - Patterson gets a shoutout as the team’s only touchdown scorer and he tied a record in the process. Patterson now has eight career kick return touchdowns, tying with Josh Cribbs and Leon Washington. Patterson also filled in all right at running back (Yes I know he had 12 att. for 30 yards but behind this offensive line it was a decent effort.

Stock down

Buster Skrine - Skrine has not been playing great of late and he was abused by Adam Thielen on Monday night. According to pro-football-reference.com receivers were 4-for-4 for 55 yards and two touchdowns when he was targeted for a perfect QB rating of 158.3 for Kirk Cousins.

Jaylon Johnson - He was also abused by Vikings receivers during the game, mainly by Justin Jefferson. Granted that Jefferson is probably the best rookie receiver, but Johnson has been the best rookie corner too. This match up will go on for many season to come, hopefully, but we have to hope that Johnson will be able to better match up in the future. Johnson surrendered 102 yards, including 60 YAC, according to the advanced stats at pro-football-reference.

Nick Foles - Just when I think it can’t go lower, it somehow does. He’s so, so bad. I’m running out of adjectives to describe it.

Who is on your list?