Report Card vs. Lions

Although the Bears beat a team only has one win on the year, it was an improved effort. With games coming up against San Diego and Detroit again, the Bears could find themselves 4-5.

PASSING OFFENSE: B-minus -- Considering Pro Bowl WR Marty Booker was out with a sprained ankle, new QB Chris Chandler did an admirable job, throwing for 207 yards on 20-of-31 passing. He completed five passes for 97 yards to rookies Justin Gage and Bobby Wade, playing in just their second NFL games. For the first time this season, the Bears did not throw an interception.

RUSHING OFFENSE: D -- Without Anthony Thomas and Adrian Peterson, the Bears struggled with rookie Brock Forsey, who managed 56 yards on 19 attempts. Also without the scrambling of benched QB Kordell Stewart, the Bears totaled just 68 yards on the ground on 26 attempts for a 2.6-yard average and a long gain of eight yards.

PASS DEFENSE: B -- Rookie CB Charles Tillman and newly reinstated CB Jerry Azumah both provided interceptions, and Tillman's 32-yard return set up the Bears' first TD. Thanks to at least six drops by Lions receivers, they had just 174 passing yards on 41 dropbacks and no plays of 20 yards or more.

RUSH DEFENSE: B-minus -- For the first time all season, the Bears held an opponent to less than 123 rushing yards, limiting the Lions to 86 yards on 23 attempts for a 3.7-yard average.

SPECIAL TEAMS: B-minus -- Jerry Azumah returned a kickoff 89 yards for a touchdown, the Bears' first in almost five years. R.W. McQuarters bounced back with 56 punt-return yards on five attempts despite having a 16-yarder called back because of a holding call. PK Paul Edinger had a 32-yard FG attempt blocked, his first miss of the season after hitting 14 straight. Coverage teams weren't up to par. The Lions' Reggie Swinton returned a kickoff 96 yards for a touchdown and averaged 13 yards on three punt returns.

COACHING: B -- Playing essentially with a roster of 45 because of injuries, and utilizing 10 rookies, the coaching staff had to work overtime to prepare inexperienced players to perform key roles, and most of them came through with solid efforts.


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