Report Card vs. Bengals

Here are Chicago's grades, as compiled by Scout.com, in the wake of the Bears 24-7 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday at Soldier Field:

PASSING OFFENSE: F -- QB Kyle Orton threw five interceptions, although WR Justin Gage was responsible for the first one after he bobbled a well-thrown ball that was knocked loose. Orton completed just 17-of-39 passes for 149 yards and earned a passer rating of just 14.7. WR Muhsin Muhammad caught four passes for 58 yards, and Bobby Wade contributed four catches for 47 yards, but also fumbled away one of the receptions.

RUSHING OFFENSE: B-minus -- Thomas Jones rushed for 106 yards on 27 carries, even though the Bears had no passing game to complement him. He now has a rushing touchdown in all three games and four on the season. Rookie Cedric Benson did not play a week after getting 16 carries.

PASS DEFENSE: D -- It seemed as if Carson Palmer (16-of-23 for 169 yards and three touchdowns) could have thrown to Chad Johnson (three catches, 77 yards, two TDs) all day if he needed to. CB Charles Tillman was burned for two TDs and Nathan Vasher was for another. The Bears had just one sack, as the Bengals play-action kept the rush off Palmer.

RUSH DEFENSE: B -- The Bengals needed 34 attempts to accumulate 83 rushing yards (2.4-yard average), and 25 of those yards came during garbage time with less than two minutes remaining.

SPECIAL TEAMS: C-minus -- Doug Brien missed badly on a 39-yard attempt, his third miss in four tries this season. Jerry Azumah continually ran into a wall of tacklers on kickoffs, averaging a disappointing 17.6 yards. Bobby Wade was no better on four punt returns, netting only 12 yards. P Brad Maynard was solid, as was the punt coverage.

COACHING: D -- Trailing just 10-0 at halftime, the game was easily winnable with just a little passing offense. A switch to backup QB Jeff Blake couldn't have hurt the Bears anymore than Kyle Orton's off-target throws did. Coming out trying to throw against an undersized Cincinnati defensive line was a questionable strategy.


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