It’s easy for Bears fans to be upset with Alshon Jeffery for missing so many games this year with calf and hamstring injuries — especially when you take into consideration that Jay Cutler missed just one game with his hammy. But when you watch how good Jeffery played in his return to action in Sunday’s 37-34 overtime loss to the Lions, it’s hard not to love having him on the roster.
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Jeffery caught eight passes for 147 yards and a touchdown while dominating the Lions’ secondary. Jeffery’s touchdown reception, which came early in the fourth quarter, was a great catch amongst two defenders in the back of the end zone. Perhaps his most impressive catch, and what makes him so valuable to the Bears, was a 45-yard bomb down the left sideline when Cutler heaved up a jump ball. Cutler loves those “go-up-and-get-it” receivers (just ask Devin Hester).
What the Bears have been lacking during Jeffery’s absence is a dynamic receiver who can fight for the ball. In his stead, the Bears have been utilizing the short passing game and haven’t really tested opponents’ secondaries. With Jeffery back in the lineup, Cutler and the offense can stretch the field a little bit and open things up for Martellus Bennett and Matt Forte.