Chicago Bears vs. Baltimore Ravens: Defensive grades

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Secondary: A+


Now, the Ravens are arguably in a similar place to the Chicago Bears at the wide receiver position, though Mike Wallace is still capable of big plays.

That said, how can you not enjoy Kyle Fuller essentially giving the finger to Joe Flacco all game long?

Clearly, the Ravens thought they could beat Fuller more easily than they could Prince Amukumara, particularly in man-coverage situations. Well…man-press might not be Fuller’s strong suit, but I think opposing teams might need to rethink their scouting reports a bit.

Fuller turned away the likes of Wallace and Breshad Perriman all day long, getting physical on routes and breaking hard on the ball.

All told, he ended up with three pass breakups on the day, including this one:


Don’t look now, guys, but Adrian Amos looks right at home in more of a traditional strong safety role.

Including his interception, Amos had a couple of nice plays coming up to jar balls loose from receivers. On top of that, he tied for the team lead in tackles with eight. For a guy who’s struggled to make impact plays in his young career, this game was huge for the third-round pick. Perhaps he can use this to turn the corner.

And if he does, he’ll partially have his partner-in-crime, Eddie Jackson, to thank for it.

Jackson’s ability to range all over the field has helped change the complexion of this Bears’ secondary. Though he’s yet to come up with an interception, he continues to fly to the football in the passing game and cause throwing lanes to shrink.

Plus, I think we can put his reputation of not being a physical hitter and tackler to bed.

Next: Bears pull out wild win against the Ravens

When the turnovers come, they come in bunches it seems. And the Chicago Bears needed every last one of them to pull this game out today.

It wasn’t quite a 2006 Bears-vs-Cardinals performance in saving the Bears from an anemic offense, but the idea that the defense was somehow worse than the offense coming into this year looks laughable now.