After a great start, Jay Cutler was unable to overcome whatever was ailing him. Josh McCown (6-for-9, 62 yards, 1 TD, 123.4) was excellent in relief but was called upon too late to make a real difference.
RUNNING BACKS (D)
The Bears’ running game took a big step backward. Matt Forte (17 carries, 33 yards) was stymied at every turn, and Michael Bush was stopped for no gain on fourth-and-one.
Alshon Jeffery (9 receptions on 18 targets, 114 yards) was outstanding but came up short on two TD opportunities. Brandon Marshall (7-139, 2 TDs) nearly was the hero with an 11-yard TD in the final minute.
OFFENSIVE LINE (C-)
The Bears allowed only two sacks, but the run-blocking was poor (20 carries, 38 yards rushing) and the protection on the all-important 2-point try was a disaster.
DEFENSIVE LINE (C+)
Julius Peppers (1 tackle) was a lot better on two weeks of rest than six days. The Bears not only had no sacks, they had no hurries. Corey Wootton and Stephen Paea deflected passes at the line.
The Bears miss Lance Briggs. James Anderson (1 tackle for loss) and rookie Jon Bostic led them with 6 tackles, but there were no big plays. Rookie Khaseem Greene had one tackle.
DEFENSIVE BACKS (B)
Chris Conte had a TD-saving deflection among his 3 pass breakups and returned an interception 35 yards to the Lions’ 9. Charles Tillman did his best against Calvin Johnson (6-83-1) but couldn’t prevent the TD that ultimately made the d
SPECIAL TEAMS (C)
Bears could have used a boost from special teams but didn’t get it. Devin Hester had a 39-yard KO return to the Lions’ 35 that set up the first TD drive. Robbie Gould kicked FGs of 25 and 32 yards.
Regardless of the nature of Jay Cutler’s latest injury, the Bears likely would have won if Josh McCown had started. The fourth-down gamble failed, and the 2-point try was discombobulated.