Matt Trowbridge grades the Bears' performance against the Minnesota Vikings.
Passing offense – D. Jay Cutler was accurate, completing 18 of 23 passes for 147 yards, but most of them were short. He completed his first three passes for 9 yards and the Bears punted. He also threw two interceptions.
Rushing offense – D-. The Bears finished with zero rushing first downs. Matt Forte was held to 27 yards on 8 carries and Jay Cutler added 16 yards on three runs. The Bears tried to run only 11 times all day. Most damaging was coming up short on a pair of third-and-1 runs.
Passing defense – F. Brett Favre completed 32 of 48 passes for 392 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions or fumbles. He had a 112.5 passer rating. On the first play after his only sack – a 14-yarder on the final play of the first quarter by blitzing safety Al Afalava – he threw a 15-yard touchdown pass.
Rushing defense – B+. The Vikings ran for 159 yards on 34 carries, including 45 yards on two runs by receiver Percy Harvin and 33 on four carries by Chester Taylor. But the Bears held all-world back Adrian Peterson to 85 yards on 25 carries and Hunter Hillenmeyer forced two Peterson fumbles. Chicago recovered the first and would have recovered the second if Hillenmeyer hadn’t grazed the ball while he was out of bounds.
Special teams – C+. Brad Maynard netted 44.2 yards on five punts and placed two inside the 20. Danieal Manning’s 44-yard kickoff return set up Chicago’s only touchdown and Johnny Knox’s 77-yard return to the 10 to begin the second half set up their lone field goal. But Knox also fumbled the kickoff after Minnesota had taken a 14-7 lead to set up a Vikings’ field goal.
Coaching – F. The Bears consistently played too far off receivers in the first half, letting Minnesota convert easy third downs. The Bears also came out either all-passing (their first drive) or all running (their second) in going three-and-out on their first two drives. They twice passed up tries to go for it on fourth-and-inches, including once when they were trailing 27-10 midway through the third quarter.
Overall grade – D-. It’s no disgrace losing to powerful Minnesota, but the Bears made it easy for the Vikings.