Grading the Bears vs. Vikings
October 16, 2011 11:08PM
Jay Cutler looks like a different quarterback when he has time to throw. He completed 21 of 31 passes for 267 yards, two touchdowns and a 115.9 passer rating.
Running backs (A)
Adrian Peterson may be the best running back in the league but Matt Forte was the most productive back on the field with 123 total yards.
Devin Hester was wide open on several occasions and made a 48-yard touchdown grab. The same goes for Johnny Knox. Roy Williams looked like he belonged and Dane Sanzenbacher remains Cutler’s go-to target in the red zone.
Offensive line (A)
The unit protected Cutler better than they have all season and consistently opened holes for Forte. When that happens, the offense can put serious points on the board.
Defensive line (A)
Julius Peppers was as dominant as ever despite a bum knee. Amobi Okoye had a sack and second-round pick Stephen Paea was active in his debut.
Brian Urlacher and Lance Briggs didn’t have anything to yell at each other about on the sideline after helping limit Peterson to 39 yards on 12 carries. Urlacher missed a few tackles, though.
Defensive backs (B)
Chris Conte performed well in his first start. Major Wright didn’t give up any big plays. Charles Tillman was his reliable self. D.J. Moore dropped a sure pick-six.
Special teams (A)
The Bears got a 98-yard kickoff return from Hester to go along with his 26-yard punt return. Robbie Gould booted three field goals, including a 51-yarder.
Conte and Wright filled in for the benched Chris Harris and performed admirably. The offense was balanced, the defense didn’t allow any big plays. Lovie Smith said his team would clean up their mistakes and he delivered.