Little to cheer for Bears

If this is the Bears' best group of receivers ever, they were way, way off their games Thursday.

Receivers struggled to get open against the Packers' secondary. Marshall dropped a pass that should have been a touchdown. Earl Bennett failed to break up an interception by not coming back to the ball. Devin Hester couldn't hang on to the only pass thrown to him.

Tight ends

Grade: 2.5

Nearly 30 percent of Cutler's throws were intended for tight ends, but they produced only two catches for 25 yards. One of them was Davis' fine catch away from his body for the Bears' only touchdown.

Davis had some lapses in blocking, both on passes and runs.

Running backs

Grade: 4.5

Aside from Matt Forte's blown block on the first play from scrimmage that led to a sack, the backs did OK. Forte was the team's leading receiver, which doesn't say much.

Michael Bush had some gritty runs but was not spectacular. He also appeared to have been at least partially responsible for a sack late.

Defensive line

Grade: 7.5

The pass rush was pretty good for the second straight game, and it came from more than Julius Peppers. He had help from Henry Melton, Shea McClellin, Israel Idonije and Corey Wootton.

In fact, one of Peppers' two sacks came in part because Melton had a nice rush from right defensive end. That forced Aaron Rodgers to step up into Peppers, who, from the defensive tackle position, had bulled back guard T.J. Lang.

It is most encouraging to see Melton put together two strong games. He would have had a second sack if Lang had not held him in the first quarter.

The Bears stunted often and effectively.


Grade: 7

Brian Urlacher remains a work in progress, but it's not like he hurt the defense while he re-acclimates himself. He made 11 tackles, so he was doing plenty right.

But there is some hesitation in his play, particularly in coverage. Urlacher was better in the box than he was in space.