Report Card: Bears-Browns
Week 15 Report Card: Bears vs. Browns
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.