Seldom-used Caleb Hanie will be forced into action for the Bears, now that Jay Cutler is sidelined with a broken thumb.
1. Besides the Cutler injury, the worst sign for the Bears was Charles Tillman's inability to cover Vincent Jackson. Even Tillman wasn't going to let his fumble recovery overshadow that Jackson burned him for most of his 7 catches, 165 yards and TD.
2. Though Tyler Clutts handled the long-snapping without incident, the Bears have a big decision to make with Patrick Mannelly out. After the Chargers lost long-snapper David Binn in Week 1 last year, Mike Scifres had 4 of his next 18 punt blocked.
3. It's hard to argue with special teams coach Dave Toub, but how many teams use a fake punt to clinch a game? Craig Steltz was wide open but overthrown by punter Adam Podlesh, but that seems like a play where you'd like to have a much bigger reward.
4. The Bears had no sacks of Philip Rivers against a Chargers' offensive line that had three backups starting, including one backup of a backup. It would be nice if Lovie Smith included an enhanced blitz package to take advantage of these situations.
5. The Bears used special teams and defense to improve their starting field position on four possessions in the second quarter, including Devin Hester 's punt returns of 37 and 22 yards.
6. For what it's worth, the three best young quarterbacks in Mike Martz's system were all former backups — Kurt Warner (97.5, above), Marc Bulger (90.6) and Shaun Hill (87.5).
7. A key issue with Caleb Hanie at quarterback is the Bears' ability to re-establish their running game. Matt Forte was held to 57 yards on 20 carries against the Chargers and has 121 yards on 38 carries (3.2 yards per carry) in his last two games.
8. Dane Sanzenbacher, who has been a bit player since Earl Bennett returned, was Caleb Hanie's favorite target in the preseason. In the last three preseason games, Hanie threw to Sanzenbacher 16 times, with seven completions for 81 yards.
9. Brian Urlacher expects the defense to step up with Cutler out, but they'll have work to do. While the Bears held the Chargers to 332 total yards, much of that was because Cutler and the offense controlled the ball. The Bears still allowed 6.9 ypg.
Bears quarterback Jay Cutler falls while slowing Chargers cornerback Antoine Cason (back) after Cason intercepted a Cutler pass in the fourth quarter Sunday. Also chasing on the play is Matt Forte, left. Bears coach Lovie Smith says Cutler suffered a