Marshall potent weapon for Bears

Cutler was not as spectacular in this game as he was in the previous game, and he really only found his groove after the defense broke it open.

But he managed the game well and took care of the football with the exception of one regrettable throw that was intercepted and a third-quarter end zone pass to a well-covered Marshall that could have been picked.

Cutler probably could have had a 14-yard touchdown pass to Jeffery, but his back-shoulder end zone pass was placed a little too wide for Jeffery to get his feet in bounds.

Cutler had two nice runs, but he finished one with a stiff arm (using his throwing hand) and the other ended with him taking a hard, low hit on the sidelines. He has to slide on those plays.

Tight ends

Grade: 4

If not for some of the run blocks, this grade would be lower.

Kellen Davis dropped a pass. In the third quarter, he and Kyle Adams failed to block defensive end Jeremy Mincey, who creamed Cutler after a pass.

Offensive line

Grade: 6

The focus is always on the pass protection, but the line deserves credit for getting push in the run game and making blocks on the second level.

The Jaguars were playing subs and things were getting sloppy at the time, but Allen's fourth-quarter 46-yard touchdown run was blocked so well that Allen might have had time to score if he were walking on his hands.

Chilo Rachal and J'Marcus Webb blew open the hole by taking care of Terrance Knighton and Andre Branch. Gabe Carimi came around to the left side to wipe out linebacker Julian Stanford. And Roberto Garza showed some quicks by getting out to take care of the middle linebacker.

Considering the Bears were not exactly going against the Fearsome Foursome (zero sacks in the previous three games), the pass protection could have been better. But it was not terrible.

Carimi struggled with false starts on consecutive plays, a holding penalty, a sack allowed and three pressures allowed.

Safeties

Grade: 9

Major Wright and Chris Conte are stringing solid games together. Both were used extensively against the run, and both made good reads and almost always took the proper angles and made solid tackles, even in the open field against the elusive Maurice Jones-Drew.

The Bears deviated from their usual Cover-2 look by playing single safety high 62 percent of the time on first downs or second downs of 10 yards or fewer to go before the last three Jacksonville possessions of the game.

Moving down Conte or Wright was the key to holding Jones-Drew to a 2.6-yard average, if you take away one fourth-quarter run.

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