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Statistically speaking about the Bears, powered by Pro Football Focus


Pro Football Focus, which nearly a third of the NFL subscribes to, has a complex grading process, looking at every player on every offensive, defensive and special-teams play. Plus or minus grades are given and are based around an average of 0, with each position graded slightly differently. If a player does something you normally would expect, then a score of 0 is given. Grades are given for plays that are reasonably considered to be better or worse than the average or expected play. For the final grade, player participation is factored in, using a normalization factor to set the average player in that facet of the game to 0.

The Bears undoubtedly had their hands full when dealing with Lions defensive tackles Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley on Sunday.

There was a lot of focus on Suh’s matchup with Bears rookie guard Kyle Long, but center Roberto Garza and left guard Matt Slauson also faced Suh, who recorded his best grade of the season from PFF.

“It’s tough for anybody,” Garza said. “He’s a great player, he’s getting better.”

[iframe src=”//″ width=”300″ height=”461″ scrolling=”no” frameborder=”0″]Bears punter Adam Podlesh admittedly wasn’t happy with his performance against Lions – an average of 28.8 net yards on five punts – but he’s also last in PFF’s ratings as of Monday.[iframe src=”//″ width=”552″ height=”580″ scrolling=”no” frameborder=”0″]