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Bears report card

Matt Trowbridge

Passing offense – B. Jay Cutler threw two bad interceptions, including a horrible one to Nick Collins that set up the game-winning touchdown, but he was also Chicago’s entire offense. He completed 23 of 36 passes for 209 yards and two touchdowns for a 74.9 passer rating against the NFL’s No. 1-rated defense. He was close to spectacular on Chicago’s first scoring drive, completing 7 of 10 for 87 yards and converting third downs of 19, 9 and 12 yards with throws of 28, 19 and 19 yards. Johnny Knox (83 yards) and Devin Aromashodu (76) both set career highs in receiving.

Rushing offense – D. The Bears ran for 59 yards, well under their 88-yard average, to fall from No. 31 in the NFL in rushing to dead last, but at least they didn’t waste a lot of downs, running only 17 times. Matt Forte had 51 yards on 12 carries (4.3 average).

Passing defense – A-. Lance Briggs and Tommie Harris each sacked Aaron Rodgers once. Rodgers completed 16 of 24 passes for 180 yards and had an 88.9 passer rating, but that doesn’t include a fumble that Anthony Adams recovered. Danieal Manning also recovered a Jermichael Finley fumble forced by Al Afalava at the end of the first half.

Rushing defense – C+. The raw numbers look horrible; Green Bay ran for 146 yards, including 137 on 20 carries (6.9 average) by Ryan Grant. But 68 of those yards came on Green Bay’s first play. The Packers had only 24 yards on 14 carries in the second half, including minus-6 yards in the third quarter when the Bears briefly took the lead. The Packers converted only 5 of 13 third downs.

Special teams – D. The Bears averaged minus-1 yard on two punt returns and 18.6 yards on five kickoff returns. Brad Maynard continued a late-season slump, averaging 33.2 yards net on six punts with only one inside the 20. Robbie Gould booted the second-half kickoff out of bounds. The coverage units were solid, holding Green Bay to an average of 6.0 yards on three punt returns and 17.5 on two kickoff returns.

Coaching – F. The Bears threw a 7-yard pass on the first play of the game out of the shotgun formation, but then threw again on second down incomplete and tried to run on third-and-3, getting buried for a 3-yard loss. The play calling never got better. The team played undisciplined, with 13 penalties for 109 yards. The best thing about the offense, receiver Devin Aromashodu, sat on the bench the first 10 games. The best thing about last week’s defense, Jamar Williams, sat out the entire first half and finished with three tackles, one week after making 20.

Overall grade – D. It’s no disgrace losing to a better team, but the Bears beat themselves as much as the Packers did.