Bears Report Card: Bears vs Colts 9/9/12

Bears 41   Colts 21

Quarterback: A

Jay Cutler was not very good to start the game. He was 1/10 with a interception by Colts linebacker Jerell Freeman for a pick 6 that had Bears fans worried. Cutler seemed to be forcing the ball early to Brandon Marshall. Cutler quickly calmed down and regrouped. Cutler would go 21/38 for 333 yards in the game. He had 2 TD passes and finished with a QB rating of 98.9. Cutler distributed the ball well, getting multiple players involved.

Running back: A

When the offense struggled early in the 1st quarter, Matt Forte got the running game going. Forte (16 rushes/80 yards) and Michael Bush (12 rushes/42 yards) both had a successful day. Forte had 1 TD and Bush had 2 TD's. Forte looked great and also chipped in with 3 receptions for 40 yards. Forte was good in picking up blitzes in the backfield. He also passed Gale Sayers for 4th All time with 6,338 yards. Bush was a excellent compliment to Forte getting the tough yards between the tackles. Bush also was good in the red zone.

Receivers: A

Brandon Marshall was as good as advertised. The chemistry between him and Cutler was obvious even though it had a rough first quarter. Marshall had 9 receptions for 119 yards and 1 TD. Cutler did a good job in getting all his offensive weapons involved. Alshon Jeffery had 3 catches for 80 yards. Jeffery also scored his first regular season touchdown on a 42 yard bomb into the end zone.  Earl Bennett was good for 3 catches and 50 yards. Devin Hester had 2 catches for 27 yards.

Tight Ends: C+

Evan Rodriguez was impressive in his blocking. Rodriquez mostly known for his offensive ability was good in the backfield picking up the blitz. The other tight ends didn't get involved much offensively. Kyle Adams had one reception for 17 yards. Kellen Davis had a costly holding penalty on a Bush run. The poor blocking by the tight ends also allowed Cutler to be sacked by Robert Mathis.

Offensive Line: A-

The offensive line was solid all around. The pass and run protection were good. Cutler had plenty of time to set and throw in the pocket. Cutler was only sacked twice in the game. Gabe Carimi looked good after returning from season ending knee surgery.  The offensive line did catch a break with defensive end Dwight Freeney exiting the game early after suffering a injury.

Defensive Line: A

Coach Lovie Smith had to be happy with the pressure his front four was providing. Julius Peppers was his usual self drawing double teams as he plowed through trying bring down Andrew Luck. Israel Idonije and Corey Wootton contributed at the defensive end position. Wootton had a sack and looked good finally healthy after dealing with injury plagued seasons in the past. Henry Melton and Stephen Paea provided the necessary inside pressure. Melton picked up 2 sacks in the game. Shea McClellin showed some flashes, but did nothing of substance. He was used in certain situations. When he played the end position, Peppers usually moved to the inside.

Linebackers: B

Andrew Luck was able to gash the Bears defense for 356 total yards. The linebackers did a good job of limiting the run and only allowing 63 yards total. Brian Uralcher was on the field and played around 35-40 snaps. Urlacher had 2 tackles and deflected one pass. Coach Smith removed Urlacher in the second half of the game. He just wanted Uralcher to get his feet wet this game, but also stay rested for a short turn around. The biggest thing with Urlacher will be to see how his knee feels over the next day or two. Geno Hayes came in for Urlacher and had 2 total tackles. Roach had 3 total tackles while Briggs and Costanzo both had 2 total tackles.

Secondary: A

Charles "Peanut " Tillman left the game early with a leg injury. The seriousness of the injury is unknown right now. Kelvin Hayden did a good job filling in for Tillman. Hayden tied for the team lead with 7 total tackles. Hayden also recovered a strip by JT Thomas on special teams. Tim Jennings had a good day on field with 2 INT's and 4 total tackles. Chris Conte and Major Wright did not get gashed for any big gains. Conte had a pick in the end zone on a Jennings tips. Wright had 7 total tackles and Conte had 4 tackles. The big thing was neither safety seemed to miss their assignment.

Special Teams: B+

JT Thomas had a strip that the Bears recovered. Devin Hester did not return anything for a touchdown, but he kept his team in good field position. The Colts were limited and did not have any big returns. Robbie Gould was 5/5 in extra points and 2/2 on FG's. It was good to see Adam Podlesh on the field after dealing with a hip flexor issue. Podlesh had 5 punts averaging 41 yards per punt.

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