After a slow start, Jay Cutler made the most of a supporting role, taking advantage of golden opportunities to finish 16-for-29 for 229 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INTs for a 138.1 passer rating.
RUNNING BACKS: A
Like Cutler, Matt Forte was productive in a limited role, with 12 carries for 103 yards and a TD and 2 receptions for 45 yards. He had gains of 47, 46, 16 and 15 yards. But his 8-yard TD run was the most impressive.
Brandon Marshall is all they needed. Marshall led the way with 9 catches for 122 yards and TD catches of 39, 13 and 5 yards. Earl Bennett had 4 catches for 22 yards. Devin Hester had 2 catches for 19 yards.
OFFENSIVE LINE: A-
Overall the blocking was improved, with key blocks springing Forte for big runs. Cutler was sacked thrice, but TEs contributed to much of that. J’Marcus Webb had a penalty that gave the Titans a safety.
DEFENSIVE LINE: A-
Israel Idonije and Stephen Paea shared a sack that led to a punt that led to Hester’s punt return that led to Forte’s TD. Idonije and Henry Melton were injured, but are expected to be OK.
Brian Urlacher keeps getting better the more he plays. Urlacher had a 46-yard INT return for a TD, forced a fumble and recovered a fumble. Nick Roach had a big third-and-1 stop to force a punt.
DEFENSIVE BACKS: A
After being named the Player of the Month for October, Charles Tillman was even better Sunday, with 4 forced fumbles to spark the rout. Chris Conte had 3 pass breakups and a fumble recovery.
SPECIAL TEAMS: A
Sherrick McManis started everything with a blocked punt that led to Corey Wootton’s TD in the first quarter. Hester broke through with a 44-yard punt return that set up Forte’s 8-yard TD.
So much for a “trap” game — Bears were up 28-2 after one quarter. They’re so dialed-in as an attacking defense, they are creating turnovers almost at will against opponents that know what’s coming.