Little to cheer for Bears

He is coming downhill pretty well. He showed that on a tackle of Cedric Benson for no gain in which he plowed through fullback John Kuhn and a tackle of Benson for a 1-yard gain.

Lance Briggs had a strong game. He was very aggressive on the run and led the Bears in tackles. Still, he dropped a pass that should have been an interception. If he had hung on, the Packers wouldn't have had their second field goal at the end of the second quarter.


Grade: 5.5

For the most part, the safeties did a nice job of following their assignments, making tackles and limiting big plays. But there were a couple of hiccups.

Chris Conte came up too fast and out of control and missed a tackle of Randall Cobb at the 31, enabling Cobb to get another 20 yards and take the ball to the 11 in the second quarter. That led to the only touchdown of the first half.

Major Wright was responsible for the Packers' other touchdown because Rodgers suckered him looking off Donald Driver. Wright was way late in moving inside from a two-deep look.


Grade: 9

Tim Jennings is on fire. He is playing with a high level of confidence and aggression. It led to his third interception of the season. He came up strong on two quick passes on the line, making big tackles.

Charles Tillman sucked it up despite a shin injury and came up with one of his patented forced fumbles. He recovered it too.

The Cover-2 blanket (the Bears rarely played anything else) provided by corners and others often forced Rodgers to hesitate, which helped the pass rush.

Special teams

Grade: 2

The Packers' fake field goal that turned into a touchdown was a brilliant call, but the Bears should have been prepared for anything.

Robbie Gould, Adam Podlesh and Devin Hester were pretty good. Recently acquired Sherrick McManis did some nice things on the coverage and return units.

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