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TE Martellus Bennett - Chicago Bears

6-6, 259Born: 3-10-1987College: Texas A&MDrafted: Round 2

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Nov 24): Bennett hasn't had a big week in a while, but he looked sharp against the Bucs, and he could be a more prominent target if Jay Cutler struggles to get things going downfield with his big wide receivers.

Week 13: at Detroit Lions

Mark and Joe say: Good matchup. Detroit (7-4) is on a two-game skid coming into this divisional showdown, and are now chasing 8-3 Green Bay for the NFC North title - meanwhile the Bears (5-6) are fighting for their playoff chances and are on a two-game winning streak. Detroit is 4-1 at home and they host the first of two showdowns with Chicago at Ford Field on Thanksgiving Day. The Bears' passing attack continues to perform erratically entering the holiday week, with a mere 17/27 for 130 yards, one TD and zero interceptions thrown by Jay Cutler last week (three sacks taken for -18 yards) against the Buccaneers' 22nd-ranked pass D (that averages 252.1 net yards allowed per game) last week. However, Chicago was more explosive against the Vikings with 31/43 for 330 yards, three TDs and two interceptions thrown during Week 11. During that two-game winning streak, Alshon Jeffery has handled the most passes (21 targets for 14/157/2 receiving), followed by Brandon Marshall (15 for 10/122/2), Matt Forte (12 for 11/81/0) and Martellus Bennett (11 for 8/66/0). All four of Cutler's TD passes have gone to his two featured wideouts. The Lions' pass D was shredded by Tom Brady and company last week (38/53 for 349 yards passing, two TDs and one interception thrown, with zero sacks taken) after losing a game in Arizona two weeks ago in which Drew Stanton also threw for over 300 yards (21/32 for 306 yards passing, two TDs and two interceptions) - the Lions' vaunted pass rush didn't produce a sack in either game. This unit is in crisis entering this key divisional matchup, friends. The Lions are now 15th in the NFL with 26 sacks generated, while the Bears rank 18th with 27 sacks allowed. Even though the Bears are on the road, the Lions' pass D is not playing well enough to claim an edge - advantage, Chicago.

Recent Stats and Projections

10 at GB 2 45 0 0
11 vs MIN 4 29 0 0
12 vs TB 4 37 0 0
13 at DET PROJ-Dodds 5 * * *
13 at DET PROJ-Tremblay 4 * * *
13 at DET PROJ-Bloom 5 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 10 vs GB (6 / 2 / 45 / 0 rec)

Bennett had a huge game against the Packers back in Week 4, catching nine passes on 11 targets for 134 yards. Sunday night was a much different story for the Bears' tight end. Bennett scored six targets Sunday against the Packers, turning those six targets in a measly two catches for 45 yards. One of Bennett's catches went for 37. There likely are a number of reasons why Bennett had a quiet game, but he are the likeliest two: Bennett was questionable to play Sunday due to a rib injury, and the Packers had Clay Matthews back on the field for this matchup. More importantly, Matthews dropped back into coverage more often than he usually does. If you look at Bennett's game logs, you'll noticed that he's been up and down all season long. So there really isn't any reason to be concerned moving forward. Rarely does a tight end win games for his team week in and week out. Don't lose faith in Bennett. Remember that offensive success starts with the quarterback, and we all know who the Bears' quarterback is god-awful against the Packers.

2014 Week 11 vs MIN (4 / 4 / 29 / 0 rec)

Martellus Bennett was more of an afterthought in the Bears offense in the win over Minnesota. The tight end caught all four of his targets for 29 yards. All four of his catches came in the middle third of the field, within nine yards of the line of scrimmage, which tells you that he's not getting looks when he's running lengthy routes. Bennett looked to be more involved in pass blocking against Minnesota, likely due to the offensive-line shuffling that has taken place since left guard Matt Slauson was lost for the season. Despite the lack of production, the Bears still have one of the best tight ends in football. Don't need to worry about Bennett. He's still one of Cutler's favorites, which means he'll continue to get targets.

2014 Week 12 vs TB (7 / 4 / 37 / 0 rec)

There might not be a harder worker than Martellus Bennett on the Bears offense. Quiet for most of the day, Bennett was able to break out for a great 26-yard catch and run in the second half. He finished the day with four catches on seven targets for 37 yards and a dropped pass. Given how much dink and dunk the Bears played Sunday, it's somewhat surprising Bennett didn't have a bigger game against the Buccaneers.


Latest News

Bears | Martellus Bennett probable (Fri Nov 14, 04:54 PM) - Chicago Bears TE Martellus Bennett (ribs) fully participated in practice Friday, Nov. 14, and is probable for Week 11.

Our View: Bennett was a game-time decision last week, but looked fine in the blowout loss. He's a solid TE1 against the Vikings, as his condition seems to have improved this week.
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