Bears stock report: Week Three

Posted Sept. 26, 2011 @ 4:02 p.m.
Posted By Dan Parr

PFW associate editor Dan Parr gives his stock analysis of the Bears and identifies who, or what, is on the rise or decline following their Week Three loss to the Packers.

Rising

WR Dane Sanzenbacher — After making five catches for 27 yards against the Packers, Sanzenbacher is tied for second on the team in receptions (nine). He took a hit in the endzone on a second-quarter pass from Jay Cutler, but held on to the ball to score his second touchdown in as many games. It's too early to call him a go-to guy for Cutler, but it's clear there's a good rapport there.

DT Henry Melton — Melton bounced back from a quiet Week Two, recording his team-leading third sack of the season on the final play of the first half. He won battles against a very solid interior offensive line and all three of his tackles vs. Green Bay were made behind the line of scrimmage. 

Pass protection — No quarterback has been sacked more than Cutler this season, but the pass protection was improved against the Packers. Green Bay had three sacks and was credited with hitting Cutler one other time, but the O-line gave him plenty of time to get rid of the ball and avoid getting hit, for the most part. It was a far cry from Week Two, when the Saints clobbered him.

Falling

QB Jay Cutler —  The Bears' pass protection was much improved against the Packers, but Cutler was off target too frequently and threw two interceptions. He was picked off both times by S Morgan Burnett on passes intended for WR Roy Williams, and those were only two of several bad throws from Cutler Sunday. He has had at least one turnover in each of the first three games.

Run blocking — The Bears called only nine running plays against Green Bay, and a lack of balance on offense is going to be a theme throughout the season if the offensive line doesn't do a better job of clearing holes for RB Matt Forté. He had nine carries for two yards Sunday. His longest rush was for five yards.

WR Roy Williams — Williams returned after missing Week Two with a groin injury. He was targeted four times, but he didn't make a single catch and dropped a would-be touchdown pass on the goal line. Cutler missed Williams on a couple passes, both of which resulted in interceptions, but the supposed No. 1 receiver in Chicago is not on the same page with his quarterback, and we're almost a quarter of the way into the season.