Bears Report Card: Bears vs Rams 9/23/12

Jennings, Bears defense rising to challenge

Bears 23  Rams 6

The wide open offense that most fans were hoping for wasn't present. The Bears did improve on their miserable performance from Green Bay. The Bears move to 2-1 on the season. There are plenty of improvements that need to be made offensively, but the defense was great. Here's a quick breakdown of the game by the positions.

Quarterback: C

Jay Cutler avoided throwing 4 interceptions this week, but his effectiveness was still subpar. Cutler threw 1 interception and his accuracy was off in some of his throws. Cutler had second week with a QB rating under 60 (58.9). Cutler was 17/31 for 183 yards. Jay did have a better second half compared to his first half numbers. Cutler said he needs to improve and he does. Cutler did have a nice scramble for  21 yards.

Running backs: C

Michael Bush did a decent job filling in for the injured Matt Forte. Bush rushed for 55 yards on 18 carries and scored a touchdown. Bush also had 2 receptions for 18 yards.  Bush did leave more to be desired on his pass blocking in the backfield. Bush's inability to stop Chris Long contributed to a sack. Kahlil Bell had 10 carries for 20 yards. The Rams adjusted defensively in the second half limiting the Bears running game. Hopefully, Matt Forte will be healthy enough to return for Monday's game vs. Dallas.

Receivers: B-

Brandon Marshall had 5 receptions for 71 yards. He had a 34 yard catch was his high of the day. Marshall dropped a few passes. The Rams focused on Marshall allowing Alshon Jeffery to single coverage. Jeffery had 5 receptions for 45 yards.  Tight ends Kellen Davis and Kyle Adams contributed offensively, but the Bears are still lacking a significant contribution offensively from the position. Davis has the size, but constantly seems to be tripping over his own two feet.

Offensive Line: B

The offensive line overall performed fairly well. The Bears were able to run the ball early in the game which was a testament to the line opening up some holes. Cutler was sacked twice, but one of those was on Michael Bush. Chilo Rachal had two false start penalties, Louis had one, and Webb had a holding penalty. There's still room for improvement, but the line performed better with some help from chip blocking by the tight ends.

Defensive Line: A

Israel Idonije registered 2.5 sacks in the game. The Bears got good pressure from the front four. Melton, Paea, and Okoye gave the Bears pressure from the interior that resulted in Bradford being under pressure. Okoye and Paea both picked up their first sacks on the season.  Peppers shared a sack with Idonije. Shea McClellin continues to improve and his speed is being used effectively. McClellin's role is expanding and his contributions will be needed for the Bears to succeed.

Linebackers: A

The linebackers as a unit were very good. Lance Briggs had 7 tackles and also two pass deflections. Nick Roach had 2 tackles and a 1 sack. Brian Urlacher very quietly was involved in a lot of plays. He had 4 total tackles. The Bears limited the Rams running game with 59 total yards. Steven Jackson only had 29 yards.

Secondary: A

Tim Jennings continues to play at a Pro Bowl level early in the season. Jennings registered a interception and key deflection that resulted in a Major Wright interception that he turned into a pick 6. Major Wright had 2 tackles also. DJ Moore was great in his open field tackles. Moore had 4 total tackles. Charles Tillman had 4 tackles and Chris Conte had 3 tackles. Amendola was also limited to 5 receptions for 66 yards.

Special Teams: A

Devin Hester returned a kick for 37 yards and a punt for 39 yards. Robbie Gould was perfect on the day. He was 2/2 in XP's and 3/3 in FG's. Adam Podlesh had 4 punts for a an average of 41 yards. two of the punts were inside the 20. The Bears limited the Rams return game.

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