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Bears stock report: Week 13

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Dan Parr

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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 13 loss to the Chiefs.

Rising

Doubts about playoff chances — The Bears would be in the playoffs as a wild card if the season ended today, but it's hard to envision them getting there on the heels of Sunday's ugly loss to the Chiefs. The offense is in disarray with Jay Cutler and Matt Forté on the shelf with injuries, and the defense and special teams have not done enough in either of the past two games to keep Chicago from losing. It's probably going to take at least three wins in their last four games for the Bears to make the postseason. It's possible but looks more unlikely than ever.

Kahlil Bell's role — Matt Forté's MCL sprain will give Bell a chance to get involved on offense. He has contributed on special teams this season but hadn't had a carry since Week Two heading into Sunday's game. Bell ran four times for 34 yards against the Chiefs, including a 26-yard rush that gave the Bears 1st-and-goal from Kansas City's seven-yard line in the third quarter. We will be seeing a lot more of him with Forté expected to miss at least two weeks. Bell, who has a career average of five yards per carry, fits the Forté mold more than Marion Barber, and Bell and Barber are expected to split time in the backfield until Forté is able to return. Neither back is known for his skills as a pass catcher, but Bell really hasn't had much of an opportunity to show he can do it.

Israel Idonije — After going five games without a sack, Idonije recorded one Sunday, taking down Tyler Palko for a loss of eight yards. Idonije recorded two QB hits and three total tackles for loss in the game, which was one of his most disruptive in quite a while.

Falling

Caleb Hanie — Hanie was at least able to move the offense and put some points on the board the previous week against the Raiders. He couldn't get anything going Sunday against the Chiefs, and although he didn't get much help from others — Robbie Gould missed a 41-yard field goal, and WR Roy Williams dropped a potential touchdown that resulted in an interception instead — Hanie just didn't make many good throws. He completed only 11 passes for 133 yards and did his best to make Tyler Palko look efficient.

Roy Williams — He was targeted only once Sunday, and it's easy to see why Hanie may not have the most faith in Williams at this point. Trailing by seven with about four minutes left in the fourth quarter, the Bears had 1st-and-10 from the Chiefs' 13-yard line. Hanie threw a pass over the middle to Williams, but Williams bobbled it before dropping it, and S Jon McGraw dove under the pass. It could have been a touchdown and a tie game for the Bears, but Williams' drop resulted in an interception in the endzone.

Lance Louis — The whole offensive line struggled Sunday, but it was a surprise to see Louis, who had done a great job since becoming the starting right tackle in Week Six, put forth such a poor performance. He had one of his worst games Sunday against a Kansas City pass rush that had produced only 13 sacks in its first 11 games. Louis struggled against Kansas City's speed off the edge, and Hanie was sacked seven times.

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