After tight end Martellus Bennett picked apart the Oakland Raiders one week ago to the tune of 11 catches for 83 yards and a touchdown — and with the knowledge that the Bears were without their top three wide receivers in Alshon Jeffery, Kevin White, and Eddie Royal — the Kansas City Chiefs knew they had to lock down No. 83 and force somebody else to beat them.
Bennett was targeted just three times and caught zero passes through the first three quarters of Sunday’s game. It wasn’t until about the 11-minute mark in the fourth quarter when Bennett caught his first pass, followed three plays later by his second catch. Bennett would have two more catches in the fourth quarter on two key touchdown drives.
Though his stat line looked somewhat incomplete and his on-field performance left a lot to be desired, it’s hard to fault him too much for his performance. Sure, there were things you could nitpick — as is the case with every player’s performance — a drop here, a penalty there, but given the hand that the Bears were dealt, it was understandable.
As previously mentioned, with Jeffery, White, and Royal all out of action, the Bears surrounded Bennett with young wide receivers Marquess Wilson, Josh Bellamy and Cameron Meredith. Bears fans couldn’t pick those guys out of police lineup if asked to do so.
Bennett will have his ups and downs, but when he’s not asked to be the team’s number one receiver — as no tight end outside of New England’s Rob Gronkowski should be — he’s an excellent weapon to have in the Bears’ arsenal.