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Grading the Bears

NEW ORLEANS LA - SEPTEMBER 18:   Matt Forte #22 Chicago Bears runs past  Patrick Robins#21 New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS, LA - SEPTEMBER 18: Matt Forte #22 of the Chicago Bears runs past Patrick Robinson #21 of the New Orleans Saints and Isa Abdul-Quddus #42 of the New Orleans Saints ofthe NEw Orleans Saints during the game against at the Louisiana Superdome on September 18, 2011 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images) R:\Merlin\Getty_Photos\125587555.jpg

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Updated: November 10, 2011 12:40PM


C Jay Cutler struggled when his protection
collapsed in the second half. But he wasn’t good enough when the situation was more manageable in the first half.

Running backs

B Matt Forte’s value keeps going up. He made two big plays to set up the Bears’ first touchdown and
finished with 166
total yards (49 rushing, 117 receiving).


D Without Earl Bennett and Roy Williams, the Bears got little from their receivers. Even Dane Sanzenbacher (three catches, 33 yards) had a costly third-down drop.

Offensive line

D - After an early 11-play, 87-yard touchdown drive, it was all downhill. Gabe Carimi’s injury was a fatal blow as the Bears allowed five sacks in the fourth quarter.

Defensive line

C- The Bears faced a better line than they did against the Falcons, but no one stepped up. Israel Idonije had an early sack, but Henry Melton and the rest of the line were silenced.


C Lance Briggs had 11 tackles (10 solo), but the Bears needed big plays and came up empty. Nick Roach had five tackles and Brian Urlacher three.

Defensive backs

C With a 7-3 lead, the Bears
needed to avoid the big play but couldn’t do it. Drew Brees’ 79-yard touchdown pass to Devery Henderson was a big blow.

Special teams

C The Bears came up empty. A penalty by Sam Hurd hurt, and the team mustered no big returns. The Bears’ average starting point was their own 24.


C The Bears were outblocked, outhit and
outplayed and were unable to recover from injuries. The Saints attacked every weakness.

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