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Grading the Bears

Quarterback (C)

Jay Cutler looked efficient at times and mistake-prone at others. No excuse for throwing second interception off his back foot and into triple coverage.

Running backs (A)

Matt Forte had 183 total yards, including 145 on the ground. Marion Barber averaged 6.5 yards per carry. Both scored touchdowns.

Receivers (B-)

Roy Williams dropped one pass and almost dropped another but did make a TD grab. Devin Hester and Johnny Knox combined for seven catches for 99 yards. Hester, Williams and Dane Sanzenbacher all made great blocks downfield.

Offensive line (A)

The unit protected Cutler better than they and was effective opening up holes for Matt Forte on the edges of the Buccaneers’ defense. RG Chris Spencer had by far his best day as a Bear.

Defensive line (B)

Tampa Bay only rushed for 30 yards with their top two running backs injured. Unit hurried Freeman sporadically but must strive for more consistent pressure.

Linebackers (A)

Brian Urlacher had one interception, nearly had two and made Freeman throw low and incomplete on a two-point conversion. Lance Briggs also had an interception. The dynamic duo combined for 11 tackles.

Defensive backs (B)

Chris Conte had his first career interception. D.J. Moore added his third of the season. Chris Harris, a source of controversy the last couple of weeks, got the start, dropped two potential interceptions and got beat for a touchdown.

Special teams (B-)

Nothing special. Robbie Gould missed a 41-yard field goal and Hester was unable to get loose, averaging just 6.6 yards on five returns.

Coaching (A)

No one will be talking about why coach Lovie Smith flew his team to London so late in the week after they moved to 4-3 heading into the bye week.

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