By Chris Cwiak

The Chicago Bears quest for another ‘W’ in front of the Soldier Field faithful on Sunday brought anxiety, as quarterback Matt Barkley made his first career start in his four-year career. He had the lofty expectations of franchise quarterback Jay Cutler to live up to and made the most of his opportunity. Jordan Howard has had a remarkable rookie campaign running the ball, and his receiving is quickly coming along. He managed the first drop of the day on a screen pass in which he would’ve likely scored from 7 yards out. Cameron Meredith’s nice drop in the second quarter was ruled inconsequential when the play was blown dead for a false start penalty. Then, in the second half, Barkley’s deep pass was dropped by Marquess Wilson who then successfully kicked the ball into the rear of a security guard who had his back to the field. Wilson’s kicking accuracy should be noted for when Connor Barth takes his turn on injured reserve. Not to outdo himself, Marquess Wilson manages to drop two more passes in quick succession to reward Barkley’s faith in his wide dropper. The Bears wide dropping corps came up huge in the late-game clutch drive, with Wilson and Josh Bellamy twice showing off their deft dropping abilities. The final, game-losing drive was a clinic in wide dropping put on by Josh Bellamy and Deonte Thompson, preserving the loss for the Bears in the waning moments of the game. All in all, it was a career day for the wide droppers, as they managed 10 total drops with spectacular drops in clutch situations.

Speaking of key drops, the Chicago Bears & Jewel-Osco invite you to drop off coats to benefit the Salvation Army for the 28th Chicago Bears Coat Drive at any of the many Chicagoland Jewel-Osco stores through New Years Day 2017. For more details, please visit

Chicago Bears defensive lineman / fullback Mitch Unrein joins the XRT Morning Show the morning after every Bears game at 9:15am for the Two Minute Drill.


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