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Chicago Bears' Week 2 Grades: The Disaster in Green Bay

GREEN BAY, WI - SEPTEMBER 13: Jay Cutler #6 of the Chicago Bears walks off of the field after throwing an interception against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on September 13, 2012 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Packers defeated the Bears 23-10. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Zack PearsonCorrespondent ISeptember 14, 2012

It was defiantly a game to forget for the Chicago Bears.

The Bears went into Lambeau Field and were spanked by the Green Bay Packers. It was a complete disaster for the Bears, who had the chance to put the Packers in a 0-2 hole to start the NFL season. Instead, it was the Bears who left feeling like they were put into a hole.

The offense never got going and it turned into a mess for Chicago. The defense held up their part of the deal by holding Aaron Rodgers to under 300 yards passing and just one touchdown.

Here are your Week 2 grades for the Bears.

 

Quarterback: D+

To blame Jay Cutler or not to blame Jay Cutler? That’s the topic being tossed around the media after a four-interception game last night (Friday). It’s certainly hard to complete passes under constant pressure and when you're on your back most of the game. Cutler was sacked seven times last night, and whether the blame falls on Cutler or not, he has to play better.

 

Running backs: D+

The lone bright spot on the offensive side of the ball for Chicago came from the running backs, and that isn’t saying much. When the Bears clicked on offense, it was Matt Forte and Michael Bush. Even that wasn’t enough to warrant a good grade. Bush picked up the slack when Forte exited the game, which Chicago is saying was a result of “high ankle sprain.”

 

Wide receivers: D+

The Bears receivers were simply nonexistent. Brandon Marshall dropped a touchdown during a key third quarter drive. Earl Bennett didn’t help the cause by not coming back to the ball on what resulted in a Jay Cutler interception. Much different from last weeks performance against the Colts.

 

Offensive line: F

An "F" is a generous grade for the offensive line's performance last night. It was a disaster from the start as they gave up seven sacks. That’s completely unacceptable. Carimi also killed a drive early with a personal foul penalty.

 

Defensive line: B-

The Bears defensive line didn’t make it easy for Aaron Rodgers and the Packers offense. They got pressure early and often on the league's MVP. Rookie Shea McClellin had a nice game 1.5 sacks, and Julius Peppers continued to show why he’s one of the more dominant NFL players.

 

Linebackers: B-

Key stops on third down late in the game by Briggs and Urlacher kept little hope for the Bears. Even with a hurting Urlacher, the Bears line-backing core had a solid game.

 

Secondary: A-

Easily the biggest surprise for the Bears defense thus far. Tim Jennings showed up again as he intercepted Rodgers and played tight coverage on the receivers. Charles Tillman continued to show us why he’s one of the best at forcing turnovers.

 

Special teams: D-

The Bears were out smarted on a fake field goal call that led to a Packers touchdown and a huge momentum shift in the game.

 

Coaching: D-

The Bears were simply out coached all game. The fake field goal was a testament to this. Running on 2nd-and-4 with third-stringer Armando Allen was also a head-scratcher for some. Overall, it was just a game the Bears coaching staff would love to forget.

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