Report Card vs. Vikings

On one hand the Bears gave up nearly 400 yards of total offense, but Minnesota was held to their lowest point output of the year.

PASSING OFFENSE: D-plus -- In his first NFL start, Rex Grossman made a couple big plays and avoided mistakes, throwing the ball away rather than taking sacks. Marty Booker's sensational 39-yard reception set up the Bears' only touchdown. On his first NFL snap, Grossman went deep to rookie WR Justin Gage, and although the pass was incomplete, Gage drew a 33-yard pass interference penalty.

RUSHING OFFENSE: C-minus -- Anthony Thomas was only marginally effective, but a 23-yard run while the Bears were running out the clock enabled him to finish with 79 yards on 19 carries.

PASS DEFENSE: C -- Rookie CB Charles Tillman saved the day when he took a pass out of Randy Moss' hands in then end zone with 1:02 left in the game. Moss caught nine passes but for just 93 yards and only his 16-yard TD catch really hurt the Bears. DE Alex Brown had two sacks on the Vikings' first possession.

RUSH DEFENSE: D-minus -- Rookie Onterrio Smith ran up and down the field but never made it into the end zone despite 148 yards on 27 carries for a 5.5-yard average. The Vikings rushed for 178 yards as a team but QB Daunte Culpepper's 16 yards on four carries didn't hurt the Bears.

SPECIAL TEAMS: B-minus -- P Brad Maynard was outstanding, placing four of his five attempts inside the Vikings' 20-yard line and allowing a total of minus-1 return yards. The Vikings did a good job containing KR Jerry Azumah, kicking it high and short when they did kick to him, but the Bears' coverage was even better, allowing an average of 12.8 yards on four kickoffs.

COACHING: B -- They had Grossman ready to play and used a game plan that emphasized his strengths and didn't ask him to do too much. The defense bent considerably but held the Vikings to their lowest point output of the season.

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