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TE Martellus Bennett - Chicago Bears

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

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Week 16: vs Detroit Lions

Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. Everyone who watched the Bears play on Monday Night Football this week saw how unmotivated and generally poorly Jay Cutler is playing right now - he got spammed by the Saints' pass rushers for seven sacks totaling -41 yards, and hit another seven times for good measure. His passes were off-target for a good portion of the evening, leading to 17/31 for 194 yards passing, with three interceptions and two late, cheap TDs after New Orleans was in prevent mode (up 24-0 at the end of the third quarter). Marquess Wilson did snag a TD after being catapulted into the starting lineup due to Brandon Marshall's season-ending ribs injury (five targets for 3/16/1 receiving for Wilson), and Martellus Bennett handled six for 4/36/0 during the game. Alshon Jeffery got a last-minute TD to salvage his fantasy outing (nine for 4/78/1), but the malaise of the playing-out-the-string Cutler infected the entire passing attack which looked lethargic and apathetic for much of the game. Uh oh, Bears' fans. The Lions' pass D allowed 31/48 for 256 yards passing, two TDs and two interceptions thrown (with three sacks taken for -24 yards) back on Thanksgiving Day three weeks ago - since then, Josh McCown has slung 20/39 for 207 net yards, two TDs and two interceptions (taking six sacks for -43 yards) and Teddy Bridgewater threw 31/41 for 284 net yards, one TD and two interceptions (with four sacks taken for -41 yards) lsat week. As you can see, attacking Detroit is generally done in this phase of the game - the Lions do not shut down opposing passers they way they do opposing rushers, but they do generate a lot of turnovers (Detroit is tied for second in the NFL with 19 interceptions to their credit this year). Chicago looked so bad on Monday Night Football that we're calling this a neutral matchup.

Recent Stats and Projections

12 vs TB 4 37 0 0
13 at DET 8 109 0 0
14 vs DAL 12 84 1 0
15 vs NO 4 36 0 0
16 vs DET 1 0 0 0
16 vs DET PROJ-Dodds 5 * * *
16 vs DET PROJ-Tremblay 5 * * *
16 vs DET PROJ-Bloom 6 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 13 vs DET (11 / 8 / 109 / 0 rec)

After a handful of very disappointing outings, Martellus Bennett bounced back to have a great game against the Lions. The tight end caught eight passes on 11 targets for 109 yards. He was Jay Cutler's main focus after halftime, when the Lions locked down the over-the-top pass. Even though Bennett hasn't found the end zone since Week 8, he still is a valuable tight end in any league. At a time when more than a handful of Bears players appear to have quit on the season, Bennett continues to run hard for every single yard after the catch.

2014 Week 14 vs DAL (15 / 12 / 84 / 1 rec)

What else can be said about Martellus Bennett other than he is one beastly individual. In the loss to Dallas, the Bears' tight end set a franchise record for most receptions a single season, which formerly was held by Da Coach, Mike Ditka. Thursday night, Bennett was hobbling all over the field, repeatedly taking beatings after the catch. At a time when a few Bears players appeared to have given up, there was Bennett, catching, running and getting pummeled as he attempted to gain every single inch possible. He finished the game with 12 catches for 84 yards and a touchdown on 15 targets. Jay Cutler loves and trusts his tight end, so you should expect Bennett to play a huge role in the Bears offense now that Brandon Marshall is out for the season. Bennett is on pace for a career-best season, in virtually every category.

2014 Week 15 vs NO (6 / 4 / 36 / 0 rec)

Martellus Bennett had a quiet game against the Saints, catching only four passes on six targets for 36 yards with two drops. One of Jay Cutler's threw three interceptions went of Bennett's hands. The Bears offense struggled mightily against the Saints, so it's no surprise to see Bennett's numbers somewhat low. For the first time this season, the tight end looked somewhat defeated, like the drama surrounding the Bears finally had taken some sort of toll on his performance. Given how poorly things are going for the Bears, it's somewhat surprising to see that it's taken this long for Bennett to feel the effects of a losing season that seemingly has no floor. As the Bears offense struggles to find itself in these remaining two games, Bennett could be in line to have some big outings. With Brandon Marshall out for the season, the Bears are even less likely to throw downfield, which makes Bennett's presence in the middle of the field all the more important.


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