Josh McCown performed admirably and overcame adversity in a hostile situation in his first start since 2011 to give the Bears a chance to win. He was 22-of-41 for 272 yards, 2 TDs, 0 INTs for a 90.7 rating.
RUNNING BACKS (A)
Matt Forte gave Josh McCown the support he needed with 125 rushing yards and one TD on rushed for 125 yards and a 1-yard TD on 24 carries. And he finished strong — Forte gained 60 yards on 9 carries in the fourth quarter.
WIDE RECEIVERS (A)
Brandon Marshall (100-1,295 yards, 12 TDs) arguably was the best all-around WR in the NFL, as impressive with his blocking as his playmaking. Alshon Jeffery (89-1,421, 7 TDs) was a revelation, with several spectacular catches. TE Martel
OFFENSIVE LINE (A)
Can’t argue with the pass protection. Josh McCown was sacked once (on a scramble), had time to throw and rarely was surprised with blitzers coming in untouched.
DEFENSIVE LINE (A)
Shea McClellin had 3 sacks that knocked Aaron Rodgers out of the game and a pressure of Seneca Wallace that forced a punt. Julius Peppers had a sack, an INT and 2 pass deflections
The Bears were in a tough spot with two rookies starting, but Rodgers’ absence lowered the degree-of-difficulty significantly. Their inexperience showed most in the run game — the Packers had 199 rushing yards.
DEFENSIVE BACKS (B+)
Last line of defense at least prevented Eddie Lacy from taking a few to the house. The Packers longest pass play was 27 yards, though Seneca Wallace (11-of-19, 114 yards, 0 TDs, 1 INT, 53.4 rating) was rusty.
SPECIAL TEAMS (F)
The special teams gaffes are starting to add up for Joe DeCamillis’ crew. Adam Podlesh had a punt blocked in the first half and the Bears were fooled by an onside kick in the second half.
Bears were ready to play after the bye week — they had two penalties, no false starts, no turnovers and though Rodgers’ injury was huge, the Bears responded well to adversity in a tough place to play.