Jay Cutler rallied the Bears at the end, but it was too little too late. His passer rating was 65.6 for the game (27-of-47 for 317 yards, two TDs and 3 INTs). But it was 30.0 in the first three quarters.
RUNNING BACKS (A-)
Matt Forte was one of the few Bears who did his job aginst the Lions — 95 yards on 14 carries, including a 53-yard TD run that gave the Bears the lead in the second quarter. No other RB carried the ball Sunday.
Alshon Jeffery (5-107) and Brandon Marshall (7-79) caught just about everything they could get their hands on. But they were the only two WRs to catch passes. Martellus Bennett had 8 catches for 90 yards.
OFFENSIVE LINE (C)
Played well enough to win early, but could not keep it up. Kyle Long had an illegal-hands-to-the-face penalty that wiped out a third-down conversion when the Bears still had a chance.
DEFENSIVE LINE (C-)
Henry Melton was missed already. Julius Peppers (6 tackles, sack, forced fumble) was the only lineman in Reggie Bush’s league Sunday — the Bears’ inabliity to slow down Bush caused most of their problems.
Lance Briggs had 13 tackles but typified the frustrating day for the Bears’ defense when he forced a fumble on Matt Stafford’s goal-line sneak, only to have Stafford recover for a TD. Lions TEs combined for 8 catches for 76 yards.
Cornerback Charles Tillman can keep the Bears’ defense dangerous during a difficult season by doing what he does best: knocking the ball loose. | Paul Sancya/AP
SPECIAL TEAMS (D)
Devin Hester seemed to have opportunities but couldn’t take advantage. Adam Podlesh had a tough day (28.0 net average), with Micheal Spurlock returning a punt 57 yards to set up a Lions TD in the second quarter.
The Bears were outplayed in all three phases. The showed heart and character in the end, but they need to show more of that throughout the game to be a contender.