Bears' Webb grows up in opener

But sure enough, he was a lead blocker in the running game Sunday. He made some nice contributions, including leading the way on Forte's 32-yard run and on his 15-yard run.

Forte's usual combination of elusiveness, power, athleticism and speed was difficult to stop. One play showed it all. He reached up to haul in a catch one-handed 3 yards past the line of scrimmage, then took it another 28 yards, outrunning a linebacker, running through the tackle attempt of a cornerback and avoiding a safety.

Michael Bush was the complement to Forte the Bears hoped Marion Barber could have been.

He broke a tackle in the backfield to turn what would have been a loss into a 7-yard gain. He lowered his shoulder and ran over safety Antoine Bethea. And Bush was effective in short yardage and finishing out the game.

Wide receivers

Grade: 8.5

Really nice group effort, led by Brandon Marshall.

Two things stood out about Marshall's game. He was courageous when he knew he was going to get popped, and his routes were absolutely sick for a man his size.

In the fourth quarter, he planted and cut in so hard with the ball on the way that he left cornerback Jerraud Powers flailing at the air. Marshall gained 22 yards on the play.

Tight ends

Grade: 3

So much for the revitalization of the tight ends under Tice. All three tight ends combined for one catch for 17 yards (by Kyle Adams).

Kellen Davis gave up a sack on the Bears' first play from scrimmage and later was penalized for holding.

Special teams

Grade: 7

The Bears missed some opportunities in the return game, but the coverage teams were sharp. J.T. Thomas' strip of kick returner LaVon Brazill set up Robbie Gould's second field goal.


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