Report Card: Bears-Vikes
Week 2 Report Card: Chicago Bears 31, Minnesota Vikings 30
Matt Forte maximized his touches with 90 rushing yards on 19 carries. Forte wasn't bothered by the wet playing surface, as he made several Vikings' defenders miss with nifty moves in space, although he did fumble one time. Alshon Jeffery caught Minnesota napping with a 38-yard end-around in the first half, but the same play lost significant yardage the second time the Bears called it. Michael Bush only carried the ball twice for zero yards.
This gets knocked down from an 'A' because quarterback Jay Cutler tossed a pair of interceptions. Remove the costly turnovers from the equation and Cutler appeared dialed in for the second straight week, completing 28 of 39 passes for 290 yards and three touchdowns. Cutler established a rhythm with Brandon Marshall, Forte and tight end Martellus Bennett that lasted almost the entire game. It also helped that Cutler was sacked just one time, although it resulted in a fumble and Minnesota touchdown.
Adrian Peterson rushed for 100 yards, but it was a pedestrian effort by his standards. The Bears did a respectable job of limiting Peterson to just one long run -- 36 yards -- and kept him out of the end zone. Minnesota averaged only 3.7 yards on the ground on 33 total attempts.
Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder managed to throw for 227 yards and one touchdown. That really shouldn't happen versus Chicago's defense. For the second straight week, the Bears' pass defense was hurt by the lack of a consistent pass rush. Where are the sacks? The Bears got to Ponder just one time. Tim Jennings did continue the streak of taking the ball away with a 44-yard interception return for a touchdown.
Devin Hester was terrific on kickoff returns with 249 yards, including returns of 76 and 80 yards. But the Bears also gave up a 105-yard kickoff return touchdown to Cordarrelle Patterson to begin the game and committed a couple of penalties for having too many men on the field. It was a very uneven effort from special teams, which is surprising considering how well the unit performed in Week 1.
Hard to argue with the results over the first two weeks of the Marc Trestman era here in Chicago. The head coach's calm, steady and confident demeanor during games has allowed the Bears to keep their poise in the fourth quarter for two straight comeback victories. Anytime a first-time NFL head coach starts the year 2-0, the entire staff must be doing something right.