RUSHING OFFENSE: B-minus -- Thomas Jones is averaging 4.5 yards per carry (276 yards on 62 carries) despite the Bears' limited passing threat. Rookie Cedric Benson (59 yards on 19 carries) hasn't come close to showing that he should get Jones' job.
PASS DEFENSE: B-minus -- Carson Palmer and Chad Johnson gashed the secondary, but otherwise the Bears have been impressive, picking off six passes and ranking No. 5 in passing yards allowed. They have seven sacks, but only two have come from the linemen, which is a concern.
RUSH DEFENSE: B -- The Bears were No. 7 in rushing yards and No. 4 in average gain per rush allowed after their first three games. Clinton Portis and the Redskins dented them for 164 yards (on 40 carries) in the season opener, but since then, the Bears have allowed 112 rushing yards on 52 carries.
COACHING: C -- Only time will tell if sticking with rookie Kyle Orton will pay dividends later in the season or put the Bears behind the 8-ball as they suffer growing pains during the learning process. The Bears have wisely not forced first-round RB Cedric Benson into the game plan while Thomas Jones is playing well. They also have stuck with playmaker Nathan Vasher at cornerback rather than automatically giving the job back to Jerry Azumah. Rookie WR Mark Bradley will be given an opportunity to make plays that veteran Justin Gage wasn't making as the starter opposite Muhsin Muhammad.