Former Bears Week 9

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Maurice Harris

The Washington Redskins receiver was busy making spectacular one-handed catches while his team was blown out 38-14 Sunday at the hands of the Atlanta Falcons. Having only made a handful of appearances this season, quarterback Alex Smith found a new dependable weapon for his arsenal, combining 10 times with Harris for the receiver’s career high of 124 yards.

His superior route running and elusiveness in the open field have allowed him to blend into this Redskins team after he made his first start as a pro in Week 5 with three catches for 47 yards. As the Redskins try to find an answer for the league’s most potent offenses, expect Harris to be further integrated into Smith’s rotation when they take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 10.

 

Keenan Allen

After a lackluster start to the season, the Los Angeles Chargers wideout tallied a season-high 124 yards on six catches in a 25-17 win over the Seattle Seahawks. Allen also registered two rushes for 28 yards in his team’s fifth straight win of the season after a 1-2 start.

Allen has only one touchdown on the season, the same amount through the first nine weeks of 2017, a season that would see him earn his first Pro Bowl appearance after catching six touchdowns in the last seven games down the stretch. If we are to expect the same for the remainder of this season, Allen could be the reason LA makes its first playoff game in five years.

With two divisional matchups coming thick and fast, LA will need to tighten things up on the defensive side of the ball, as it ranks in the bottom half of the league in yards allowed. The offense led by Philip Rivers, however, has been improving drastically with Allen at the forefront of the resurgence.

 

Jared Goff

It wouldn’t be a proper Pro Bears recap without Goff taking the spotlight. Even in the Los Angeles Rams’ first loss of the season, 45-35, to the New Orleans Saints on Sunday, Goff still managed to complete 28 of his 40 pass attempts for 391 yards and three touchdowns. He could do little about his defense’s performance on the day, especially coming up against the National Football League’s all-time leading passer in Drew Brees.

An 8-1 start for the Rams is better than anyone could have expected in Los Angeles before the season started. The offensive trio in Goff, running back Todd Gurley and head coach Sean McVay is the most feared in the league. Only one team has found a way to beat them so far, needing to score 45 points to secure a victory.

The Seattle Seahawks, who hope to bounce back after a narrow loss to the Chargers, await Goff and company on Sunday afternoon. Expect an offensive explosion and a much-improved defensive outing from the Rams as they move toward a first-round bye.

Spencer Golanka writes for Bear Bytes, the Daily Californian’s sports blog. Contact him at [email protected]. Follow him on Twitter at @sgolanka.