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Refocused: Chicago Bears 24, Arizona Cardinals 23

By PFF Analysis Team
Aug 20, 2017

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GLENDALE, AZ - AUGUST 19: Carson Palmer #3 of the Arizona Cardinals throws the ball down field while under pressure by Eddie Goldman #91 of the Chicago Bears during the first half at University of Phoenix Stadium on August 19, 2017 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)

QB Carson Palmer hit TE Jermaine Gresham for an early touchdown, but the Bears’ Mike Glennon answered with a touchdown throw to WR Kendall Wright to put the Bears ahead.

The game ended on a failed two point conversion attempt by Blaine Gabbert and the Cardinals offense, with the final score being 24-23 Chicago. With that we give you our PFF exclusive takeaways from the contest for each team.

Top 5 Grades:

S DeAndre Houston-Carson, 87.6 overall grade

CB Sherrick McManis, 81.9 overall grade

DI Roy Robertson-Harris, 81.3 overall grade

DI Eddie Goldman, 81.1 overall grade

G Josh Sitton, 81.1 overall grade

Performances of Note:

G Josh Sitton, 81.1 overall grade & G Cody Whitehair, 80.4 overall grade.

The strength of the Bears offensive line has been built in the past seasons at guard and center, as expected Josh Sitton has looked his usual excellent self, but what bodes well for the Bears is that second-year player Cody Whitehair, who excelled at center last season, looks perfectly suited to playing guard. Neither player gave up a single pressure and both were highly effective in the outside zone running game

QB Mike Glennon, 40.9 overall grade

While Glennon’s stats looked better this week than his two completions on eight attempts against the Broncos last week, Glennon still had some major issues. The majority of Glennon’s passes where short quick passes (16 of his 18 attempts all came under 10 yards) and when he did miss they where dangerous throws into tight coverage, one leading to the interception and one more that had a chance to be intercepted.

S DeAndre Houston-Carson, 87.6 overall grade

Houston-Carter played 33 snaps against the Cardinals and finished with a game-high 91.0 coverage grade. Houston-Carter broke up the only two passes that were thrown into his coverage area.

ED Roy Robertson-Harris, 81.3 overall grade

Robertson-Harris made the most of his 16 pass-rushing snaps by collecting two sacks and one hit. He also added one run stop against the Cardinals

Top 5 Grades:

CB Brandon Williams, 90.0 overall grade

S Tyrann Mathieu, 81.2 overall grade

DI Olsen Pierre, 80.6 overall grade

S Tyvon Branch, 77.1 overall grade

QB Blaine Gabbert, 76.5 overall grade

Performances of Note:

QB Blaine Gabbert, 76.5 overall grade

Gabbert continues to move the Cardinals’ offense well and press the need for the Cardinals to carry three quarterbacks on the roster. He completed 4-of-7 intermediate passes – targeted between 10-19 yards downfield – including one touchdown. Gabbert continues to outperform Drew Stanton.

WR Jeremy Ross, 75.5 overall grade

Bruce Arians recently expressed his displeasure with the availability and performance of his wide receivers. Ross stepped up his game in response, catching four of his six targets, including one for a touchdown. Cardinals’ quarterbacks had a 119.4 passer rating when targeting Ross against the Bears.

CB Brandon Williams, 90.0 overall grade

Second-year CB  Williams had a excellent night as he was able to shut down his side of the field. Williams was targeted seven times allowing four catches and knocking two passes down while giving up only 43 yards and a passer rating of 75.3.

LB Scooby Wright, 75.6 overall grade

Another solid performance from a second-year player, this time by LB Scooby Wright, who was able to record three run stops on 15 run snaps

 

PFF Game Ball: Brandon Williams, CB

*Grades subject to change

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