Report Card vs. Broncos

One unit in particular shined for the Bears against the Broncos.

PASSING OFFENSE: D -- Neither Chris Chandler nor Kordell Stewart completed 50 percent of their passes, but neither was intercepted. No receiver had more than 43 yards and there was not a completion longer than 16 yards.

RUSHING OFFENSE: D -- Anthony Thomas (60 yards on 21 carries) did not have a run longer than nine yards, and QB Kordell Stewart's 11-yard scramble was the Bears' longest run of the day.

PASS DEFENSE: B-minus -- The Bears weak pass rush got two sacks - both from defensive backs -- and batted down three Jake Plummer passes before they crossed the line of scrimmage. The secondary also dished out some brutal hits on Denver receivers.

RUSH DEFENSE: D-minus -- Although the Bears permitted Clinton Portis to get 108 yards on two of his 14 carries, the Broncos managed just three points off those runs. Portis had 165 rushing yards for the day, and the Broncos had 200 as a team.

SPECIAL TEAMS: A -- Paul Edinger went 4-for-4 including a career-best-tying 54-yarder and a 47-yarder. NFC KR leader Jerry Azumah averaged 38.7 yards on three attempts, and PR R.W. McQuarters averaged 9.8 yards on four tries despite close quarters and a lack of running room.

COACHING: B -- Playing with a tad of recklessness for the first time in recent memory, the Bears went for it on fourth down three times and converted each one, including Kordell Stewart's fourth-quarter TD that proved to be the game winner. A field goal would have given the Bears a 12-10 lead, but they went for the TD instead.

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