Grading The Game: Bears

In a game where the Bears rested many of their starters for the majority of the contest, evaluating the Vikings' performance became more speculative.

PASSING OFFENSE: B-minus — Brad Johnson threw for 247 yards and two touchdowns and once again avoided tossing an interception. The offensive line also played well, holding an opponent without a sack for only the second time this season. Nate Burleson, who was expected to be the Vikings' No. 1 receiver this season but battled injuries and had problems getting on the field because of the team's five-receiver mix, had a season-high six catches for 66 yards. First-round pick Troy Williamson also saw his most snaps of the season and had two catches for 12 yards.

RUSHING OFFENSE: B — Michael Bennett, who will become an unrestricted free agent this offseason, gained 61 of his 82 yards on a fourth-quarter touchdown run. That nearly doubled what had been the Vikings' longest rush of the season — a 31-yarder by Bennett. While either Bennett or Mewelde Moore usually got the majority of carries in a game, the two actually split the rushing load Sunday. Both had six attempts. Moore ran for 57 yards as the Vikings gained 149 on the ground.

PASS DEFENSE: B-plus — Bears starter Rex Grossman didn't play a snap, leaving Kyle Orton and Jeff Blake to run the Bears offense. This didn't exactly prove a major challenge to the defense, as Chicago accounted for 121 yards through the air. The Vikings did not get an interception for the second time in three games after having at least one for six consecutive weeks.

RUSH DEFENSE: C-minus — Chicago's 154 rushing yards were the most surrendered by the Vikings since the 285 Atlanta gained on the ground in Week 4. It could have been worse. Thomas Jones had gone for 62 yards on 12 carries (5.2 average), including a long of 35 yards, before taking a spot on the sideline.

SPECIAL TEAMS: B — Paul Edinger hit both of his field-goal attempts, including a 54-yarder in the second quarter. The Vikings tried Williamson as a kick returner, something he had done early in the season. Williamson averaged 23.5 yards on two returns.

COACHING: B — Playing what turned out to be their final game for Mike Tice, the coach urged his players to "have fun." That assignment was much easier because the Bears rested many regulars. Chicago already had clinched the NFC North title and the No. 2 seed in the conference, giving the Bears no reason to risk injury and turning the game into one that had a preseason feel. That made in-game coaching moves almost a non-factor.

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