Bears stock report: Week Five

Posted Oct. 11, 2011 @ 9:02 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 Five loss to the Lions.

Rising

QB Jay Cutler — He's adjusted pretty well to playing behind a bad offensive line. Cutler was sacked three times, hit at least three other times and was constantly dodging pass rushers, but he completed a season-high 73.7 percent of his passes vs. the Lions Monday night and didn't have a turnover for the first time this season. Cutler has cost the Bears before by making big mistakes, but he did all he could to keep them in a big game against Detroit.

RB Matt Forté — There's no progress being made in contract negotiations between Forté's agent, Adisa Bakari, and GM Jerry Angelo, but Forté keeps going about his business. He rushed for more than 100 yards for the second-straight game Monday night. He's gained a league-high 785 yards from scrimmage in five games and is on pace to rack up 2,512 total yards this season. Angelo may not want to acknowledge it, but that's elite production.

PK Robbie Gould — Gould is quietly having a career year, and that's saying something given his success over the previous six seasons. He's made all 10 field goals he's attempted and has already matched his career high for  touchbacks with 16. Nine of his 25 kickoffs have been returned and the average return against him is only 22.4 yards.

Falling

Entire Bears defense — They couldn't stop the run, there wasn't enough pressure on Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson and Brandon Pettigrew burned the secondary for touchdown catches. There's plenty for the Bears defense to be concerned about, but the run defense, which allowed RB Jahvid Best to gain a career-high 163 yards on 12 carries, has to be at the top of the list heading into next week's game against the Vikings and RB Adrian Peterson.

OLT J'Marcus Webb — The Bears were flagged for nine false starts Monday. Webb was the guilty party three times, and he had issues in pass protection, too. This was a step back for Webb, who moved from right to left tackle in the offseason. He's a promising player, but he's not dependable and too inconsistent at this point.

ORT Frank Omiyale — Omiyale, starting for the third straight week in place of injured rookie Gabe Carimi, was responsible for one of the nine false starts. He struggled to contain pressure off the edge, getting beat repeatedly by Cliff Avril, and was benched for the second week in a row.

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