GRADING THE BEARS: Can’t mark Forte if he never had a chance

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It was the same old story: Jay Cutler needed to be perfect for the Bears to have a chance. Cutler who had a 101.1 rating through three quarters, was 31-of-48 for 280 yards, 2 TDs and 2 INTs for a 76.7 passer rating.



Matt Forte almost literally never had a chance. He had 5 carries for 6 yards as the Bears set a dubious franchise record for fewest rushes in a game. Forte did add 6 catches for 52 yards.



Alshon Jeffery (9-71) caught two TD passes in the first quarter. Brandon Marshall (6-42) had another quiet game. TE Martellus Bennett (8-109) made big plays.



Kyle Long did a nice job vs. Ndamukong Suh, who had 0 tackles, 0 sacks and 1 QB hurry. But Jordan Mills allowed a sack, Roberto Garza had two penalties that proved costly and Jermon Bushrod didn’t have his best game.



Jared Allen had 2 sacks, including a strip-sack and fumble recovery that helped the Bears buld a 14-3 lead. Will Sutton and Willie Young had batted passes. But Jeremiah Ratliff was missed.



Jon Bostic had 11 tackles, including one TFL, but this group didn’t provide the big plays the defense needs. Christian Jones had five tackles. Shea McClellin had one.



The Bears seemed to be a step behind most of the game as Matthew Stafford threw for 390 yards and 2 TDs. S Brock Vereen and CB Kyle Fuller played like rookies. Nickel back Demontre Hurst showed up again with a TFL and a QB hurry.



Didn’t provide any big plays, but didn’t give up any either. Pat O’Donnell averaged 45.7 yards net and put 3 of his 6 punts inside the 20. Marc Mariani took a knee in the end zone five times.



The Bears got out of the gate quickly on a short week, which is good. But they had no response after the Lions responded to their early flurry, which is bad. Five rushes for Matt Forte?

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