Bears Report Card: Bears vs Jaguars 10/7/12

Bears 41  Jaguars 3

After a poor first half, the Bears came out and took care of business. With it looking like it may be a trap game, Coach Lovie Smith got his boys motivated as they scored 38 points in the 2nd half.  A good mix of offensive production and defensive takeaways put this one away in the 4th quarter. The Bears will go into the bye week at 4-1.

Quarterback: A-

Jay Cutler was able to overcome a shaky first half with a solid second half performance. Cutler was 23/39 for 292 yards. He had 2 TD's and 1 INT.  Cutler controlled the offense in the second half and guided it to a victory. Cutler had a solid performance, but still left some areas of concern. Cutler had some passes in the first half that should of been picked off. He continues to throw off his back foot and force the ball on occasion. Some may criticize that he looks for Brandon Marshall too often. As long as he finds success in targeting his favorite wide receiver it's hard to knock him.

Running back: A

Matt Forte looked good against Jacksonville. He had 22 carries for 107 yards and 2 receptions for 20 yards. Forte provided the run game the Bears needed against the Jaguars. He followed his blocks and took nice cuts to gain momentum up the field. Michael Bush provided a good compliment to Forte as the Bears hoped. Bush had 4 carries for 26 yards and contributed with 2 receptions for 26 yards.  Bush's physical style of running looked to take a physical tool on the Jaguars defense as they are a poor tackling team.

Receivers: A

Brandon Marshall had a big day with 12 receptions for 144 yards. Marshall now has back to back games of 100 plus yards. Marshall caught a 24 yard TD pass in the 4th quarter. Devin Hester had 2 receptions for 49 yards. He had a huge one though for 39 yards. The rookie Alshon Jeffery had 2 receptions for 20 yards and 1 TD. Jeffery and Marshall both took big hits in the game. Jeffery had his wrist wrapped at the end of the game. Fortunately for the Bears, they have the bye week next week. The tight ends had a good game. Matt Spaeth didn't contribute numbers wise, but he provided key blocks in the backfield for Forte. Kellen Davis had 2 receptions for 26 yards.

Offensive Line: A

The line provided solid pass and run protection in game. Jay Cutler was only sacked one time, and he should of got rid of the ball faster on that particular play. The Jaguars pass rush is nothing to write home about though. The Jaguars rank at the bottom in the NFL in pass rush. Gabe Carimi had back to back false start penalties that killed a possible touchdown drive.  All in all, the line gave Cutler enough time to pass and gave Forte some holes to run through.

Defensive Line: A

The Bears continue to use a nice 8 man rotation on the defensive line. The goal was to limit Jones- Drew and they accomplished that. Corey Wootton had one of best games as a Bear with 2 sacks. Julius Peppers was credited with a fumble recovery. Paea, Melton, and Idonije continue to provide pressure up front. Rookie Shea McClellin wasn't real noticeable till late in the 3rd quarter and 4th quarter when the game was getting out of hand.

Linebackers: A

The Bears were able to shut down the Jaguars running game. Jones-Drew was limited to 56 yards and despite a 27 yard gain was very limited. Lance Briggs had 3 tackles and a sack. Briggs also had another interception that he returned for 36 yards for a TD. Brian Urlacher had 2 tackles, but still looks a step slow when cutting east to west on the field. Nick Roach had a tackle and a pass deflection.

Secondary: A

The Bears secondary continues to impress. Charles Tillman had another interception that he took for a 36 yard touchdown. He also was credited with 4 tackles.  Tim Jennings got beat on a few routes early in the game, but lead the team with 6 tackles and also had pass deflection.  The young safety combination of Conte and Wright looks better each week as they gain more experience together. Conte had 4 tackles and Wright had 3 tackles. Both safeties provided strong run support and did not give up any big plays. DJ Moore chipped in with 4 tackles and one of those tackles was for a loss.

Special Teams: B

Robbie Gould continues to be money going 5/5 in XPA. Gould was also 2/2 in field goals. Adam Podlesh had 3 punts for a average of 40 yards. One of the punts was inside the 20. Devin Hester didn't do much in the return game. He took a kick return back for 28 yards and couldn't get anything going on punts.





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