Spectacular TD catch highlights record-setting day by Alshon Jeffery
BY SETH GRUEN Staff Reporter December 1, 2013 7:16PM
Updated: January 31, 2014 3:25AM
MINNEAPOLIS — Statistically, Alshon Jeffery is justifying every pass thrown his way. And perhaps he warrants more.
The Bears’ second-year receiver again broke the franchise record for receiving yards in a game with 249 on 12 receptions with two touchdowns Sunday in the 23-20 overtime loss to the Vikings. He first set the record Oct. 6 in a loss to the Saints with 218 yards on 10 catches with a touchdown.
But Jeffery’s success hasn’t translated to victories. The Bears are 0-5 in games in which he has more than 100 yards receiving.
So it might be prudent for the Bears to feature more balance. Jeffery and receiver Brandon Marshall were targeted 24 times, while the third-most-targeted player, tight end Martellus Bennett, was thrown to only five times.
“We just practiced our normal routine,” Jeffery said. “Whoever got the ball got the ball. We were just going with the game plan, whatever play Coach called. It can be called for a certain receiver, but whoever is open is going to get the ball.”
Sometimes, though, Jeffery gets the ball even when he isn’t open.
On his second touchdown of the third quarter, a spectacular 46-yard catch, Jeffery snared an underthrown ball, reaching out and catching it over the head of cornerback Chris Cook.
“I had a great view of it,” Marshall said. “Actually, I was running a route to pool coverage. It’s one of our favorite routes that we love in our wide-receiver room. When I saw the ball go up, I saw perfect coverage. And then this guy with these big palms comes out of nowhere and just snags it. It was one of the greatest catches I’ve ever seen.”