Chicago Bears vs. Pittsburgh Steelers: Defensive grades

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Secondary: A-

Forget the final stats Ben Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown put up. Most of the time, they’re going to get theirs. Of course, it still would’ve been nice if Prince Amukamara could’ve offered more resistance on Brown’s touchdown.

That said, the play of the secondary, especially the cornerbacks, deserves a heavy amount of praise. And given their performance against a couple of the best play-making receivers in football, maybe people should take them a little more seriously.

First off, even including his two-interception game in 2014, Kyle Fuller may never have played this well in his career.

Many of the things he’s been knocked for – ability to play man coverage, instincts and finding the football – look like a thing of the past so far. And his aggressive tackling and hitting are showing up all over the field. Just ask Jesse James.

The funny thing: he wasn’t even the best defensive back on the field for the Bears. Marcus Cooper – yes, THAT Marcus Cooper – was.

He might not have been able to score his own touchdowns, but he sure wasn’t letting anyone else do it either. Okay…I guess maybe we shouldn’t cut him just yet…

Amukamara even ended up the Bears’ best-graded player yesterday. And, perhaps more importantly, he stayed healthy in his return.

Eddie Jackson continually makes outstanding breaks on the football and keeps inching closer to nabbing a ball. I’m telling you, it’s coming. Also, when Quintin Demps had to leave the game with an injury, Adrian Amos stepped right in and didn’t miss a beat.

Then, throw in Callahan’s strip-sack for good measure. What a day at the office for a group of corners everyone questions.

Next: Offensive grades from Bears win over Steelers

In order for the Chicago Bears to win, they had to play great on defense all the way around. And they did, from the line to the back end. This win doesn’t happen without them.