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WR Alshon Jeffery - Chicago Bears

6-3, 216Born: 2-14-1990College: South CarolinaDrafted: Round 2

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 20): Don't get too freaked out by Jeffery (and the Bears) meager production in Week 7. This offense is too good to hold down for long, and Jeffery should key their resurgence against the barely adequate Patriots defense this week.

Week 8: at New England Patriots

Mark and Joe say: Tough matchup. Jay Cutler had a rough game vs. Miami, with 21/34 for 190 yards passing, one TD and one interception thrown, and three sacks taken for -18 yards. Though Alshon Jeffery (seven targets for 2/9/0 receiving) and Brandon Marshall (10 for 6/48/0) saw plenty of passes last week, there was reportedly an altercation between Cutler and his star receivers after the 14-27 loss. Martellus Bennett chipped in five receptions for 58 yards receiving and Matt Forte handled the TD pass with seven targets for 6/60/1. We'll see if the airing of differences helps get Cutler and company back in synch for week 8. The Patriots' pass D is ranked first in the NFL averaging 208.0 net passing yards allowed per game, with 11 passing scores given out vs. seven interceptions (tied for eighth in the NFL) and 18 sacks (tied-10th) generated to date. Geno Smith was limited to 20/34 for 205 net yards, one TD with zero interceptions, while the defensive front caused three sacks for -21 yards of offense. Two games back, Kyle Orton threw 24/38 for 268 net yards, two TDs and one interception, while being sacked five times for -31 yards. However, on Tuesday the news broke out of Boston that Chandler Jones has a hip injury that may cost him a month of games - Jones is the Patriots' best pass rusher, so Cutler has caught a break for this game. Keep an eye on the Patriots Wednesday injury report on forwards, and remember that the Patriots play games with those reports - bottom line is that it looks like Jones is out for this game. This is a tough matchup for Cutler and company, though not as tough as it was when Jones was still expected to be in the lineup.

Recent Stats and Projections

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4 vs GB 1 12 0 7 4 39 1 0
5 at CAR 0 0 0 7 6 97 1 0
6 at ATL 2 0 0 7 5 136 0 0
7 vs MIA 0 0 0 7 2 9 0 0
8 at NE PROJ-Dodds 1 * * 5 * * *
8 at NE PROJ-Tremblay 1 * * 5 * * *
8 at NE PROJ-Bloom 0 * * 6 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 5 vs CAR (7 / 6 / 97 / 1 rec)

It might be time to start wondering if Jeffery has become Jay Cutler's new favorite receiver. The third-year pass-catcher has been targeted 27 times in the past three weeks, while Brandon Marshall has been targeted 17 times over the same stretch. Jeffery caught six passes for 97 yards with one touchdown Sunday, his second straight week with a score. He's been the most consistent and most versatile wide receiver on the Bears' roster. While Matt Forte and Martellus Bennett lead the team with 42 targets each, Jeffery still has seen the same number of looks. It's only a matter of time before all of Jeffery's stats overshadow those of his buddy, Mr. Marshall.

2014 Week 6 vs ATL (7 / 5 / 136 / 0 rec, 2 / 0 / 0 rush)

Jeffery looked great in Sunday's win over the Falcons. The Bears' No. 2 receiver finished with 136 yards on five catches, marking the second time this season he's gone over 100 yards. The best part of his performance was the health he displayed out on the field, meaning he didn't appear to be hobbled by the hamstring injury he suffered Week 1 against Buffalo. Cutler hit Jeffery deep for a 74-yard reception that could have gone for six had the quarterback thrown the ball a few yards deeper. Jeffery blew past the Falcons cornerback, showing a burst of speed we haven't seen in quite a long time. Now the second best part is the fact that Brandon Marshall also went over 100 yards, which means that Cutler once again has two targets who can stretch the field after playing a dink-and-dunk style the previous two weeks. As long as Jeffery can stay healthy, expect big numbers from him each and every week.

2014 Week 7 vs MIA (7 / 2 / 9 / 0 rec)

Jeffery only caught two passes for nine yards on seven targets against the Dolphins, and both catches came on the first two plays of the game. Jay Cutler threw two deep, jump-ball passes Jeffery's way, but the receiver couldn't come down with the ball against the Dolphins secondary. There really is no rhythm or reason to Jeffery's lack of production, and it's not something to be concerned about. The lack of production speaks more to the poor gameplan installed by head coach Marc Trestman. Jeffery will be back to putting up big numbers once the Bears' offense enters the game with a more in-tune plan of attack.

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Articles from around the web

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  Thomas J. Harrigan - May 20
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  Matt Southall - May 23
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  Scott Pagel - June 6
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  Leo Howell - June 19
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  Adam Levitan - June 20
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  J.J. Zachariason - June 23
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  Bob Harris - June 30

Schedule

8@ New England Patriots
9--- BYE WEEK ---
10@ Green Bay Packers
11vs Minnesota Vikings
12vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers
13@ Detroit Lions
14vs Dallas Cowboys
15vs New Orleans Saints
16vs Detroit Lions
17@ Minnesota Vikings