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, playoff seedings have been set and for the first time since 2010, the Chicago Bears will be a participant.On a stretch of the schedule where they needed to finish (2-2), they ended up finishing the season with a perfect (4-0) record in the final stretch of the season.Their final quarter of the season started with an impressive home win against the Los Angeles Rams and it ended with eliminating the Minnesota Vikings on the road in Week 17. All in all, it’s been an incredible season for this team and somehow, it feels like it’s not even close to being over yet.OffensePhoto by Hannah Foslien/Getty ImagesThe up and down offensive performances continued in the final four games of the season. The one thing I’ve noticed through these last handful is games is that even if this offense wasn’t performing at a top level, they found ways to score when they truly needed it. Because of that, I’d venture to say that even if their overall numbers continued to go down, their overall productivity and effectiveness lines up with more of an average offense than it does a bottom 10 unit.Currently, the team’s offense ranks like this:9th in points (26.3)11th in rushing (121.1)20th in DVOA21st in yards (343.9)21st in passing (222.8)Three Studs:RB Jordan HowardLG James DanielsQB Mitchell TrubiskyThree Duds:WR Anthony Miller (playing time)TE Trey BurtonWR Kevin White (Healthy scratches)Grade: B-Since the end of the second quarter, the Bears offensive production has fallen off. Part of that is due to teams playing more zone and eliminating deep throws. The other part of that is simply it getting colder and dealing with different injuries.Regardless, this unit (at least for me), ranked more towards the middle of the pack, versus a bottom third product. With such an elite defense, this is a unit that just needs to score enough points and more importantly, eliminate turnovers. It’s been a sizable jump from 2017 Authentic Jordan Howard Jersey
, but I’d expect another big jump in 2019.DefensePhoto by Al Bello/Getty ImagesI truly can’t say enough about this unit. The defense had a few rough spots at the mid point of the season, but for the majority of this season, they have been flat out dominant. That’s even with the season-ending injury to Bryce Callahan and missing Eddie Jackson over their past two games.Despite the massive uptick in offensive production league wide this year, this Bears’ defense matches up with every elite Super Bowl defense over the last five seasons. And that should speak to the quality of this unit overall. Plus, they have four Pro Bowlers.1st in Defensive DVOA T-3rd in sacks (50)1st in defensive touchdowns (6)1st in takeaways (36)3rd in turnover differential (+12)1st in points (17.7)3rd in yards (299.7)Three Studs:DL Akiem HicksCB Kyle FullerLB Roquan SmithThree More Studs:OLB Khalil MackDL Eddie GoldmanCB Sherrick McManisGrade: A+Simply put, this defense has no holes right now. I fully expected Callahan’s departure to hurt this unit and it hasn’t. Over the past two games, McManis has allowed just a (53.4) passer rating. Even with Jackson out over the final two games, the defense gave up just 19 total points and only one touchdown. To put it bluntly, they have been flat out dominant, even without two of their best defensive backs. This Bears defense was the best defensive unit in football by a wide margin.Special TeamsPhoto by Jonathan Daniel/Getty ImagesFrom a performance aspect, it’s been about the same all year.Cody Parkey has struggled to make kicks and extra points consistently. Patrick O’Donnell is either extremely impressive or very mediocre and quite frankly, there’s too many penalties for my liking.Without truly knowing what to look for in all facets of the third phase, it’s always hard to give a deserving grade. Even so, I’ll go ahead and keep a middle of the road outlook and say they are doing just enough not to become a true issue.Grade: C-What’s AheadThe NFL playoffs.In past reports I’ve given an outlook on what to expect in the coming four games, but we’ve reached that point in the season where it will be a game-to-game status. First on that docket will be the Philadelphia Eagles. Luckily for the Bears http://www.chicagobearsteamonl…..ler-jersey
, they’ll be at Soldier Field where they finished the regular season at (7-1). Conversely, the Eagles finished (4-4) on the road, and while they may be “hot” heading into the playoffs, it still took some help to get them into the playoffs.Overall GradeWe’ll save our full season grades until after the Bears’ year truly concludes, but so far, I’m not sure too many people in general saw this as a (12-4) team.Last installment, I wrote about how a (2-2) finish was needed, but (3-1) would be the most ideal. Yet, this team finished their last quarter of the season with a (4-0) record.In total, this was a very impressive four-game stretch and one that should absolutely catapult them into the post-season on a high note.Fourth Quarter Grade: A It was New Year’s Day 2006 when Frank Gore first became a 100-yard rusher. And he still is one, which could spell trouble Sunday for the Detroit Lions.The ageless 35-year-old Gore had his most productive day of the season last week when he ran for 101 yards to help the Miami Dolphins beat the Chicago Bears in overtime. Now the Lions must tackle the challenge of facing the NFL’s leading active rusher.Detroit has a leaky run defense, and Miami will again be without quarterback Ryan Tannehill , which could mean another busy day for Gore.”He’s definitely a guy they can kind of rally behind,” Lions coach Matt Patricia said. “Frank has done an unbelievable job of taking care of his body and executing at a high level for a long time. He has an edge about him that has been able to carry him all the way through his career. He’s always proving everybody wrong.”While the Dolphins (4-2) will try to beat an NFC North team for the second week in a row, the Lions (2-3) are coming off a bye and three games into a stretch of 10 consecutive games against opponents now at .500 or better.Here are things to know about teams meeting for only the 12th time:THIRTEEN SEASONS LATERGore was a 22-year-old rookie when he first ran for 100 yards for San Francisco in the final game of the 2005 season Womens Eric Kush Jersey
, and last week he did it for the 46th time. That made him the fifth player since the AFL-NFL merger in 1970 to have a 100-yard rushing game past age 34, joining Emmitt Smith, Marcus Allen, John Riggins and MacArthur Lane.”I told him I wish I could have played with him 10 years ago,” teammate Ja’Wuan James said, “just to see how that would have been.”By one measure Gore is actually better now. Sharing carries with Kenyan Drake, he has an average of 4.9 yards per carry this season, his best since 2009.”You can’t think about age,” Gore said. “You’ve got to continue like you’re a young man out there.”He might be able to do that against the Lions, who gave up 152 yards rushing to Ezekiel Elliott, 138 to Matt Breida, and 102 to Isaiah Crowell. Patricia’s defense ranks third worst in yards rushing allowed per carry and per game.While Gore battered the Bears, Brock Osweiler threw for a career-high 380 yards subbing for Tannehill, sidelined with a throwing shoulder injury.Handing off to Gore was a kick, Osweiler said.”That’s something I’ll never forget http://www.chicagobearsteamonl…..han-jersey
,” he said. “Watching a future Hall of Famer from the field level is pretty special.”NO SWEAT?While the Lions are 0-2 on the road, the Dolphins have won their first three home games for first time since 2002. Last week, Miami rallied from an 11-point deficit in the final 16 minutes of regulation against the Bears, who tired in 89-degree sunshine.”We like playing at home, I know that,” Dolphins coach Adam Gase said. “We like it hot. The other team wears down eventually, and we just keep fighting.”The forecast for Sunday is 87 in Miami, compared with 47 in Detroit. Of course, the Lions play indoors at home.”We’re not going down there to play the weather,” Lions safety Glover Quin said. “We’re playing the Dolphins.”BALL HAWKSThe Dolphins have never led the NFL in interceptions, not even in the days of Jake Scott and Dick Anderson. But they rank first this week with 11, two more than they had all of last season.”We’re just hungry for the ball,” safety Reshad Jones said.The secondary will be tested by one of the NFL’s best trios of wideouts, and by Matt Stafford, who threw four interceptions in opener but has only one since.INCONSISTENTThe Lions recovered from an awful start with wins over Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers . If they play to the level of their competition http://www.chicagobearsteamonl…..ski-jersey
, that would be good, because their next seven opponents are 22-11-1.”We can play with and beat anybody,” Quin said. “But we can also be beaten by anybody.”REAL ESTATEMichigan native Gase and his wife lived in Dearborn when he was a Lions assistant in 2003-07. They sold their house there just in the past couple of years, although Gase is fuzzy on details of the transaction.”I just remember my wife rented it out, and then that was the last thing I heard about it, and then all of a sudden she was like, ‘Hey, I sold the house,'” Gase said. “I’m kind of not real good with the economic aspect of anything, so that’s on her.”AP Sports Writer Larry Lage contributed to this report.