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Tuesday, November 5, 2013
Report Card: Bears-Packers

By Jeff Dickerson

Week 9 Report Card: Chicago Bears 27, Green Bay Packers 20


Rushing Offense

Matt Forte carried the load for the Bears, running for a season-high 125 yards and one touchdown. Even No. 2 tailback Michael Bush got in the act, carrying the ball seven times for 25 yards. The Bears seemed to be able to run the ball at will most of the night, especially on the final 18-play drive that consumed 8:58 worth of clock.


Passing Offense

Josh McCown was on target almost the entire game, completing 22 of 41 throws for 272 yards and a pair of touchdown passes to receivers Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery. McCown went to the air several times on Monday night to move the chains in critical situations, and the pass protection was outstanding: one sack. Marshall topped 100 yards receiving (seven catches, one TD) for the third time in 2013.


Rushing Defense

Green Bay pounded the Bears defense on the ground with 199 total rushing yards on 29 attempts. Rookie Eddie Lacy lit up the Bears for 150 yards and a touchdown and likely would have done more damage if the Packers had continued to feed him the ball in the second half. James Starks had a 32-yard touchdown run.


Passing Defense

Once Aaron Rodgers left the game, Green Bay had little chance to pass the ball effectively with Seneca Wallace at quarterback, who finished 11-of-19 for 114 yards and one interception. Wallace was never a threat to throw the ball deep down the field. The Bears also registered five sacks and finally found a way to pressure the opposing quarterback.


Special Teams

Green Bay managed to block an Adam Podlesh punt and then recover an onside kick in the second half, two costly mistakes by the Bears special teams that, under certain circumstances, could have cost them the game. Devin Hester was OK in the return game, and Robbie Gould nailed both of his field goal attempts.



Marc Trestman\'s offense continues to flourish, even without No. 1 quarterback Jay Cutler. Trestman had excellent rhythm to his play calling and showed guts going for it on fourth-and-1 deep in his own territory late in the game. Defensive coordinator Mel Tucker coming down from the coaches box to work from the sidelines had little effect on his unit.