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Report Card

>Grading the Bears

Running game: A

Jones ran around tacklers and Benson ran through them. Duo combined for 183 yards. Ruben Brown led a dominant performance by the O-line.

Passing game: C-

Grossman was off target most of the game, but came up big on decisive TD drive. O-line didn't allow a sack.
Run defense: A

Urlacher and company were stout, but Saints gave them day off by running so few times.

Pass defense: B

Gave up 354 yards, but forced two turnovers and made key stops. Pass rush was effective with minimal blitzing.
Special teams
bigcap,2,mdli,2 B B Dominated field position thanks to Maynard, who was Brian Moorman-like with three punts inside the 10. Coverage teams outstanding.
Coaching: A

Stuck with running game and it paid off. One penalty and no turnovers a sign of a well-coached team.


>Grading the Saints

Running game: D

It was non-existent. McAllister didn't get the ball enough to do anything. Bush's 12-yard gain was longest run.

Passing game: B

Brees threw for more than 300 yards, but had two intentional grounding penalties, one resulting in a safety. Bush looked awesome on long TD.

Run defense: F

Got pushed off the ball. Rarely made plays in the backfield. Were gashed on cutback runs.

Pass defense: A

Gave up a 33-yard TD, but limited big plays. Could have used more pass rush.

Special teams: C

Coverage held Hester in check. Lewis had a costly fumble on a kickoff return. Cundiff missed 47-yard FG.

Coaching: C-

Twelve rushing attempts are unacceptable. Did they forget McAllister was on the team? Can't beat the Bears "D" with one-dimensional offense.


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