Jay Cutler was rusty, but made the most of it — with the aid of a couple of pass interference penalties and a great catch by Alshon Jeffery. His passer rating was 70.3 before Jeffery’s TD. He finished at 102.2.
RUNNING BACKS (A)
Matt Forte (24 carries, 127 yards, 5.3 avg.) wasn’t a major factor early, but helped put the hammer down with 63 yards on 9 carries in the fourth quarter. Michael Bush added a 40-yard TD that was the eventual difference.
WIDE RECEIVERS (A-)
Alshon Jeffery’s 45-yard TD turned the game in the Bears’ favor. Brandon Marshall (6-95) and Earl Bennett (4-23) also scored TDs. Martellus Bennett’s fumble was returned for a TD.
OFFENSIVE LINE (A)
Jermon Bushrod and Matt Slauson led a big effort as the Bears rushed for 179 yards and passed for 256 for their fourth straight 400-yard game. Cutler was sacked twice but for only 4 yards.
DEFENSIVE LINE (B)
The Bears did not sack Jason Campbell, but Jeremiah Ratliff made his biggest impact yet with a TFL and 3 QB hurries. Stephen Paea had a pressure that led to Zack Bowman’s first INT.
James Anderson led an improved effort with 11 tackles, a QB hurry and a pass breakup. Jon Bostic had a TFL to go with 5 tackles. The Bears allowed less than 100 yards rushing (17-93) for the first time since Week 5 vs. New Orleans.
DEFENSIVE BACKS (A-)
Zack Bowman had 2 INTs and returned one of them 43 yards for a TD. Tim Jennings did a bang-up job on red-hot WR Josh Gordon (3-67, 1 TD), who did not have a catch in the first half and had a 43-yard TD in the final minute.
SPECIAL TEAMS (B)
Devin Hester had kickoff returns of 40 and 39 yards and a 21-yard punt return that set up the tie-breaking TD in the fourth quarter. The Browns’ longest return was 23 yards.
Jay Cutler (89.2) and Josh McCown (109.0) had career-best passer ratings as the Bears set franchise records for TD passes (32) and passing yards (4,281). Cutler (19 TDs, 12 INTs) won the first 2 games with 4th-quarter TD drives but could