Unfortunately, I really thought Alshon Jeffery‘s breakout sophomore season would get him selected. It didn’t. Upon reviewing the NFL’s receiving stats through 15 games, Jeffery ranks sixth in the NFL in yardage with 1,341 yards on 86 receptions. All five receivers ranked ahead of him made the game. Marshall trails just slightly, but has bettered his mate on touchdown catches with 11 to Jeffery’s seven.
For this Bears fan of 34 seasons, this offensive season has been nothing short of remarkable. It is only the second time in the Bears’ 94-year history that they have two 1,000 yard receivers (1995, Curtis Conway and Jeff Graham). I don’t have the exact reference, but I know damn well it’s the first time they’ve had a receiver go to the Pro Bowl in successive seasons. The only possibilities otherwise would have been Johnny Morris or Harlon Hill in the late 1950′s, but I don’t have time to do that research.
Congrats to all of these guys for making the 2013 Chicago Bears season fun to watch offensively. Unfortunately at the same time, the Bears defense has been downright offensive to watch as well.
Final thoughts on the Bears-Packers matchup at Soldier Field for the NFC North title. All I can continue to think of is even a broken clock is right twice a day; every dog has its day, etc. After being so thoroughly dominated by the Green Bay Packers for several decades, it would be about time for the Bears to finally take a critical game against Green Bay (OK, they did in 2008 but it didn’t lead to a playoff berth). I’ve just been waiting for the Bears to prove to me they can do it since around 1991.
Marc Trestman and Mel Tucker’s boys had better pull out all the stops and not leave anything in the playbook for this one.