Bears Report Card: Bears vs Titans 11/4/12

Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler (6) celebrates with middle linebacker Brian Urlacher (54) after the Bears scored a touchdown against the Tennessee Titans in the fourth quarter of an NFL football game on Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012, in Nashville, Tenn. The Bears beat the Titans 51-20. (AP Photo/Joe Howell)

Bears 51 Titans 20

Quarterback: A

Jay Cutler and the offense had another slow start. Cutler didn't panic though and stayed the course. He was 19/26 for 229 yards and 3 TD's. Cutler was able to walk away with a 138.1 QB rating and no interceptions. Questions still remain with the offense, but Cutler continues to show his toughness and competiveness. Cutler still needs to throw the ball away on situations to avoid the big hit.

Running back: A

The Bears must have heard the fans and analysts hoping Matt Forte would get more touches this week. The Bears effectively used Forte in the run and pass game.  Forte had 12 carries
for 103 yards and 1 TD. His longest run was for 46 yards. In the pass game, Forte had a 47 yard completion on a simple  screen pass.  Michael Bush was limited to 16 yards on 10 carries. With the game out of hand late, Armando Allen got to see some action at tailback. Allen had 10 carries for 32 yards.

Receivers: A-

Brandon Marshall continues to impress with 3 TD's in the game. Marshall was targeted 10 times and caught 9 of those passes for a total of 122 yards. This was Marshall's fourth 100 yard game of the year.  The rest of the receiving corp. only had a minor role in the game. Earl Bennett was targeted 8 times and caught 4 of those for 22 yards. Devin Hester had 2 catches for 19 yards.

Offensive Line: A-

The offensive line did a effective job of sealing the edge and opening up gaps for the run game. Cutler was sacked 3 times in the game, but the line for the most part had one of its better games. J'Marcus Webb took a tough face to the hands penalty that resulted in a safety. Right guard Lance Louis is playing at a high level this season and is providing a solid effort each week.

Defensive Line: A-

The pressure provided by the front four was key in limiting Chris Johnson's run game early on. Stephen Paea and Israel Idonije shared a sack on Titans QB Matt Hasselbeck. Corey Wootton, who is having a impressive run, contributed with his own sack. Nate Collins had a pass deflection.  The Bears ability to rotate in effective bodies on the defensive line has been outstanding.

Linebackers: A+

Brian Urlacher had a big game with a fumble recovery, a pick 6, and a strip of Chris Johnson. Urlacher also had 6 to tackles in the game.  Lance Briggs contributed with 4 tackles and was effective in limiting Chris Johnson. Nick Roach had 4 total tackles and a big third down stop. Roach saw limited time as the Bears went with a lot nickel package with Moore and Hayden.

Secondary: A+

When you have the type of game Charles Tillman had, much less the year he is having, it's hard to describe. Tillman had 4 forced fumbles in the game. His unique ability to strip the ball is amazing. People are starting to talk about him as Defensive Player of the Year. Tim Jennings had 3 tackles and 2 pass deflections. Kelvin Hayden is seeing more time at nickel over DJ Moore. Hayden had 2 fumble recoveries and Moore had 2 tackles. Safety Chris Conte was credited with breaking up 3 passes and Major Wright was effective in limiting the run game.

Special Teams: A+

Special Teams Coordinator Dave Toub was proud of his men today. Sherrick McMannis blocked a punt in the 1st quarter that Corey Wootton returned for a TD. Devin Hester was effective with a 44 yard punt return, which is his longest of this season. Robbie Gould was perfect on the day going 6/6 on FG's and 3/3 in extra points.  Adam Podlesh punted 3 times and trapped one inside the 20. The Bears coverage was also effective in limiting the Titans return game to around 20 yards a return.

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