Bears report card

Staff reports

Passing offense: A-. Jay Cutler threw one reckless interception, but he also had four touchdown passes. The Bears line gave him more time than usual to throw. He completed 17 of 30 passes for 197 yards and a 96.1 passer rating in regulation, then opened overtime with a 33-yard pass to Devin Aromashodu (seven catches, a career-high 150 yards), and ended it with a 39-yard TD to Aromashodu.

Rushing offense: A. By the Bears' modest standards, 98 yards on 25 carries before overtime was a great day, especially against Minnesota’s stout run defense. The Vikings were missing Pro Bowl tackle Pat Williams (elbow), though.

Passing defense: B+. Make that an A in the first half (36 yards), an F in the second half (279 yards) and an A in overtime. Brett Favre completed 25 of 38 passes for 305 yards and two TDs in regulation for a 107.9 passer rating, but was swamped by Chicago’s pass rush in overtime. Hunter Hillenmeyer stripped Adrian Peterson after a pass reception in overtime, his third forced fumble on Peterson in two games. Nick Roach recovered at the Minnesota 38.

Rushing defense: B. Adrian Peterson, one of only six players in NFL history to rush for 3,000 yards in his first two seasons, came in with only three 100-yard games this year and had averaged less than 3.8 yards per carry in his last five games. Chicago stopped him the first half (28 yards on nine carries), but he rallied for 94 yards on 23 carries (4.1 average) and two touchdowns in regulation.

Special teams: A-. Robbie Gould was 3-for-3 in regulation on field goals of 22, 42 and 41 yards, but missed a potential game-winning 45-yarder in overtime. Brad Maynard averaged 45.3 yards on four punts in regulation despite an injured groin. After Minnesota scored its first two touchdowns, Danieal Manning returned the ensuing kickoffs 57 yard and 59 yards to help Chicago answer right back with two TDs of its own, including the winning score in the last five minutes.

Coaching: A. This was far and away Chicago’s most imaginative play calling of the season.

Overall grade: A. This is the first time all season the Bears lived up to their preseason billing. Even the win over Pittsburgh was due mostly to a pair of missed Steeler field goals.