Grading the Game: Vikings

The Bears received a variety of grades, from grades of B-plus to a D, for each of their different units in their performance against the Vikings.

PASSING OFFENSE: B -- Rex Grossman had his best day as a pro, looking especially impressive on touch patterns and utilizing eight different receivers while taking just one sack for minus-2 yards and avoiding interceptions. WR Bobby Wade had a 40-yard catch and run, his longest in the NFL, among his four catches for 71 yards. RB Thomas Jones led all receivers with eight catches for 71 yards.

RUSHING OFFENSE: B-plus -- Thomas Jones (110 yards on 22 carries) continues to impress running inside and outside, breaking tackles and outrunning pursuit. He has relegated backup Anthony Thomas to cameo appearances.

PASS DEFENSE: D -- Depleted in the secondary by injuries to FS Mike Brown and CBs Jerry Azumah and Charles Tillman, the Bears were burned by big plays not only from Randy Moss (seven catches, 119 yards, two TDs), but by RB Onterrio Smith (six catches, 104 yards) and Nate Burleson (two catches, 71 yards) and Kelly Campbell (two catches, 50 yards).

RUSH DEFENSE: C -- Playing without Pro Bowl MLB Brian Urlacher, the Bears contained QB Daunte Culpepper, limiting him to 13 yards on six scampers, but they weren't able to control Onterrio Smith, who picked up 94 yards on 17 tries (5.5-yard average).

SPECIAL TEAMS: C -- PK Paul Edinger hit 3 of 4 FG attempts, but the miss was from 39 yards and the hits were chip shots. He's now missed three of six attempts. Punt coverage was subpar, and except for a 41-yard aberration, Bernard Berrian's kickoff returns were weak.

COACHING: C-minus -- If it weren't for repeated red-zone failures, the injury-ravaged Bears could have been in a position to win a game they appeared to have no business being in. On their first five red-zone ventures, the Bears came up with a total of 9 points.


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