Alshon Jeffery delivers in clutch situations
BY ADAM L. JAHNS Staff Reporter November 17, 2013 9:55PM
Updated: November 17, 2013 11:39PM
Bears receiver Alshon Jeffery did a lot of good things on a sloppy day Sunday at Soldier Field.
Whether it was getting open on crossing routes on well-designed pick plays or gaining yards on his weekly end-arounds, Jeffery played a crucial role in the Bears’ 23-20 overtime victory against the Ravens.
‘‘It’s cool,’’ said Jeffery, who totaled 100 yards on 10 touches. ‘‘They’re finding different ways to get you the ball.’’
Jeffery continues to make key catches at key times. He had a 15-yard catch on third-and-six on the first play of the fourth quarter. A few minutes later, running back Matt Forte scored on a screen play.
In overtime, Jeffery had a
14-yard reception on third-and-nine from the Bears’ 21. It was followed by tight end Martellus Bennett’s 43-yard reception, which led to Robbie Gould’s winning field goal.
‘‘[Jeffery] just continues to grow,’’ quarterback Josh McCown said. ‘‘He’s a big net now. He can catch anything.’’
The offensive line’s ability to keep Ravens linebackers Terrell Suggs and Elvis Dumervil off McCown shouldn’t go unnoticed. The two entered the game with a combined 17 sacks but were limited to one tackle and one quarterback hit.
McCown was sacked twice, but coach Marc Trestman called them ‘‘running out of the pocket sacks.’’
‘‘Our offensive line, against a very good pass rush, played very well,’’ Trestman said.
The Bears’ defense lost another key player when nose tackle Stephen Paea departed with a toe injury in the first half.
Paea aggravated the turf toe on his left foot that kept him out for two games earlier this season. He left Soldier Field in a walking boot.
The Bears were already without defensive end Shea McClellin, who missed his second consecutive game with a hamstring injury.
At one point, the Bears’ defensive line featured ends Julius Peppers and Cheta Ozougwu and tackles Landon Cohen and Christian Tupou.
The Bears caught a break when Ravens nose tackle Haloti Ngata didn’t play because of an injured left knee. Ngata, one of the best at his position, didn’t practice at all last week after injuring the knee against the Cincinnati Bengals.
◆ Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome stayed in Chicago on Sunday night because he wasn’t feeling well. The illness wasn’t clear, but the Ravens said the team doctor recommended he not fly.