Report Card: Bears-Browns

December, 15, 2013
12/15/13
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Week 15 Report Card: Bears vs. Browns

Forte
A

Rushing Offense

Matt Forte notched his fourth 100-yard rushing game of the season when he gained 127 yards on 24 carries. Michael Bush even busted loose for a 40-yard touchdown run. As a team, the Bears averaged 5.8 yards per rushing attempt. Much of the credit goes to the offensive line. The Bears have done a tremendous job up front opening up running lanes in recent weeks.

Cutler
B

Passing Offense

Jay Cutler tossed a pair of first-half interceptions, one returned for a touchdown, but the quarterback settled down in the second half to finish with 265 yards passing and three touchdowns for a 102.2 quarterback rating. Brandon Marshall led the Bears with six catches for 95 yards, but Alshon Jeffery stole the show the third straight week with a 45-yard jump ball touchdown in the fourth quarter. Earl Bennett also caught a score.

Baker
C

Rushing Defense

The Bears held the Browns to just 93 yards rushing on 17 carries. Even though Cleveland averaged 5.5 yards per rushing attempt, it's the first time the Bears have held a team to under 100 rushing yards since the New Orleans Saints game on Oct. 6. Consider it a moral victory.

Bowman
B+

Passing Defense

Jason Campbell did throw for 273 yards, but almost all of his completions were on check-downs. Josh Gordon was a non-factor until catching a 43-yard touchdown near the end of the game. Dangerous tight end Jordan Cameron had only three catches for 23 yards. The Bears received solid performances from cornerbacks Zack Bowman (two interceptions, one touchdown) and Tim Jennings.

Robbie Gould
A-

Special Teams

The Bears limited the Browns to just 44 return yards, while Devin Hester brought back three kickoffs for a combined 105 yards and one punt for 21 yards. Robbie Gould made his one field goal attempt, and Adam Podlesh landed one of his three punts inside the Browns' 20-yard line.

Marc Trestman
A

Coaching

Marc Trestman weathered the storm when Cutler struggled in the first half, and continued to call a smart and effective game on offense. Trestman's decision to insert Cutler back into the starting lineup did not cost his team a victory. Mel Tucker's defense has improved in recent weeks. The Bears (8-6) now appear poised to finish out the season on a high note and perhaps win the division for the first time since 2010, although the team still needs help.

Jeff Dickerson | email

Chicago Bears beat reporter
Dickerson has been the Bears beat reporter for ESPN Chicago since 2004. He is also a talk-show host on ESPN 1000 and the ESPN Radio network.

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