A Look Back

News and notes from the Bears 19-17 victory over the Rams Friday night.

HIDDEN BLEMISH Lost amid some of the big hits and turnovers were the quarterback ratings of the Rams' quarterbacks in Friday's game.

Warner had a 110.4 rating with 4-of-8 for 52 yards and a TD. Bulger was 13-of-19 for 188 yards with a TD for a 117.9 passer rating.

Tackling the problem The good news about tackle Bernard Robertson's performance with the first-team Bears offense Friday against St. Louis was the complete lack of news.

Robertson played penalty-free ball and the only sack of starting quarterback Jim Miller came from Rams defensive tackle Jeff Zgonina, who was not Robertson's responsibility.

In the preseason opener, Robertson received two illegal motion penalties.

Tackle Marc Colombo, Robertson's competition, had a costly motion penalty.

GOING HOME Jauron went for a two-point conversion after the game-winning TD simply because he didn't want to see the game go into overtime.

By missing the two-pointer, if the Rams kicked a last-second field goal they would win. If the Bears made the two-pointer the Rams would need a TD to win.

"We had no intentions of playing an overtime game at that point in a preseason game," he said.

TWO IN A ROW Rookie safety Bobby Gray received his second straight start in place of injured Mike Brown (broken finger) at free safety. Defensive tackle Christian Peter and guard Mike Gandy received their second straight starts, as well.

Peter, the former Giants player who hyper-extended Jim Miller's elbow with a hit starting the second half of the 2000 preseason opener, made two tackles and deflected a pass in the preseason opener at Champaign last week. He's starting while Ted Washington recovers from off-season surgery.

Peter's chance of playing as a third defensive tackle in the regular season gets better with each week because last year's third defensive tackle, Alfonso Boone, missed his second straight game due to an ankle sprain.

Gandy played for Chris Villarrial (thumb).

Others who missed Friday's game included rookie cornerback Roosevelt Williams (ankle), punter Steve Fitts (knee), tackle Damion Cook (knee), wideout Ahmad Merritt (hand) and Marcus Robinson (knee).

A surprise starter was Keith McKenzie at left defensive end for Bryan Robinson. McKenzie made an immediate impact by forcing a Kurt Warner incompletion on the second play

Bryan Robinson did not make the trip to St. Louis due to illness.

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