Bears' Webb grows up in opener

Henry Melton had a pair of sacks in the final 5 1/2 minutes of the game, but his most impressive play may have been when he exploded off the line in the first quarter, shooting past guard Seth Olsen to tackle Donald Brown for a loss of 4 yards.


Grade: 6.5

Brian Urlacher did not have his usual pop, quickness and change of direction. No surprise there after he missed all of the preseason and most of camp.

Lance Briggs made some nice plays, including a fourth-quarter pressure off a blitz that led to one of Melton's sacks. But he also appeared to create a hole for Brown's second-quarter 18-yard touchdown run when he went to the ground while trying to change direction.


Grade: 7.5

Chris Conte did not play like a guy with a separated shoulder. He filled the hole hard when needed and flew around the field. He even made plays on the ball — a rarity for Bears safeties.


Grade: 8

The cornerbacks gave up a lot of completions on underneath passes, especially late in the game. But that wasn't a big deal.

What was a big deal is Tim Jennings played like a shutdown corner. Both of his interceptions were catches that some wide receivers couldn't have made. He had two tips in the end zone that prevented touchdowns, and the second tip gave Conte an interception.


Grade: 8

Strange day for Cutler. He started out jittery, threw an inexplicable pick-six and completed only one of his first 10 passes. Then he completely turned it around.

Cutler had some absolutely incredible throws, throws that only a few quarterbacks in the league could have made. None was better than his strike to Jeffery for the fourth-quarter touchdown.

Not all of his contributions were glaring. He did an excellent job of bouncing around in the pocket to avoid pressure, and changed plays at the line very effectively.

Running backs

Grade: 8.5

I thought the Bears drafted Evan Rodriguez to catch passes and figured it was kind of a joke when they listed him at fullback on the depth chart.