Alshon Jeffery up, Kyle Fuller down in Bears' overtime loss

Alshon Jeffrey grabbed eight catches for 147 yards and a touchdown in his return. Christian Petersen/Getty Images

DETROIT -- A look at the Chicago Bears players who were "up" and those who were "down" in Sunday's 37-34 overtime loss to the Detroit Lions.


Alshon Jeffery: Jeffery (eight catches for 147 yards and one touchdown) gave the Lions all sorts of problems in his first game since Week 1. Jeffery's two biggest strengths are stretching the field and finishing in the red zone. He did both versus Detroit's suspect secondary.

Jay Cutler: Cutler played well enough for the Bears to win. The quarterback passed for a season-high 353 yards, and despite tossing a pick that Jeffery claimed he lost in the lights in the end zone, Cutler maintained his poise throughout the game. Quarterback is the least of the Bears' concerns.

Jonathan Anderson: Pressed into action because of Shea McClellin's knee injury, Anderson did a fine job, considering the circumstances. His fourth-quarter interception swung momentum in Chicago's favor. Anderson would've finished the game with two picks, if not for the officials' overturning the controversial Golden Tate end zone bobble.


Harold Jones-Quartey: The undrafted rookie drew a difficult assignment covering Calvin Johnson in overtime. Johnson outmaneuvered Jones-Quartey for a 57-yard completion that essentially ended the game. But Jones-Quartey handled the disappointing play like a true professional; he thoughtfully answered every tough question after the game. Some of Jones-Quartey's more experienced secondary mates should take note.

Kyle Fuller: The Bears are still waiting for Fuller to intercept the football. He has zero picks in six games. He clapped after Tim Wright reeled in an 8-yard touchdown in the corner of the end zone. Fuller had seven tackles, so he was active. But a No. 1 cornerback has to be a game-changer. That hasn't happened in Fuller's second year. Fellow cornerback Tracy Porter also had issues Sunday.

Martellus Bennett: Bennett deserves credit for playing through a quadriceps injury, but he seems a little out of sorts lately. Bennett had six catches on 11 targets for 59 yards, so his numbers are respectable. He's just not making impact plays the past two weeks. The bye week comes at a good time for Bennett, who can use the off time to heal for the second half of the season.