Against the New Orleans Saints in Week 5 this season, Chicago Bears wide receiver Alshon Jeffery caught 10 passes for 218 yards, which broke the franchise record for receiving yardage in a single game. Against the Minnesota Vikings this afternoon, Jeffery broke his own record, hauling in 12 passes for 249 yards and two touchdowns.
It was Jeffery’s fifth 100-yard receiving effort of the season, a sophomore campaign in which he’s progressed dramatically.
“[The game] has slowed down a little bit,” Jeffery said after the game. “But at the same time, you try to get better each and every day. I practice hard every day and get better and try to make better plays.”
The work has paid off, as both of Jeffery’s touchdowns were demonstrations of his outstanding athleticism, speed, focus and hands. His first score, an 80-yard catch and run, saw Jeffery beat the corner down the seam then outrace the rest of Minnesota’s defense to the goal line.
His second touchdown came on a fly pattern down the sideline. Jeffery undercut the pass and snagged the ball over the corner’s head. He then hung onto the ball as the defender dragged him to the ground, getting both feet down before falling into the end zone. It was truly an amazing catch.
“It was exciting to see,” said coach Marc Trestman. “The first one was great; he got off the line of scrimmage. It was a great throw by Josh [McCown], some really good protection. On the second one, that ball hung up for a long time. That was a great throw by Josh to keep it in bounds but we all saw it, he exploded into the air and elevated. That’s what we’ve seen him do; that’s what we’ve been talking about. Guys who have been with us since training camp we’ve been talking about his work ethic and his day-to-day preparation and he gets a lot of that from Brandon [Marshall]. We got to see a little bit of that today, which was great.”
Jeffery now has 70 catches and 1,109 receiving yards, which is the most on the team. He’s on pace for 93 catches and 1,479 receiving yards, which would be second most in a single season in Chicago franchise history, behind only Marshall’s 1,508 last year.
“The sky is the limit,” Jeffery said. “I strive to be my best. I would like to go to the Super Bowl and then there are records to break after that.”
Jeremy Stoltz is Publisher of BearReport.com and a member of the Pro Football Writers of America. He is in his third season covering the Chicago Bears full time. Follow Bear Report on Twitter and discuss this topic on our message boards. To become a subscriber to the Bear Report Web site or magazine, click here.