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Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher makes stop Packers receiver Jermichael Finley (88) after catch second quarter as Chicago Bears lost Green

Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher makes the stop on Packers receiver Jermichael Finley (88) after a catch in the second quarter as the Chicago Bears lost to the Green Bay Packers 27-17 Sunday September 25, 2011 at Soldier Field in Chicago. | Tom Cruze~Sun-Times

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Updated: November 11, 2011 2:02PM



Quarterback

C Jay Cutler (21-for-37 for 302 yards, two TDs and 2 INTs) was in a tough spot without a running game, but his overthrows in key situations didn’t help.

Running backs

C- Probably should be an incomplete, as Matt Forte had just nine carries for two yards. Jay Cutler was the leading rusher with 11 yards on three carries.

Receivers

C Rookie Dane Sanzenbacher is becoming the Bears’ go-to WR, which is not a good thing. Tight end Kellen
Davis had a 32-yard TD. Roy Williams did not have a catch.

Offensive line

C Did nothing in the run game as the Bears had 12 carries for 13 yards. Did much better in pass protection, but broke down with penalties in a key drive in the fourth quarter.

Defensive line

C Henry Melton came back from a subpar performance last week with a sack and three tackles-for-loss. But the Bears gave up big yards up the middle in the running game.

Linebackers

B- Lance Briggs had 14 tackles, two TFLs and forced a fumble. Brian Urlacher had a key interception that gave the Bears a chance. But
pass coverage was weak.

Defensive backs

C The Bears were shorthanded with Chris Harris and Major Wright out, but nobody stepped up. The Bears DBs did not have one pass break-up.

Special teams

C The Bears held Randall Cobb in check, but they needed a big play on returns and didn’t get it. Johnny Knox’s 89-yard punt return for a TD was nullified by a penalty.

Coaching

C The run game regressed when it was supposed to be better. And the Bears lost their poise in the fourth quarter when they had a chance to get back in it.



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