Chicago Bears Week 11 Report Card: A for Persistence

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What a looong day.  The Bears get an A for persistence, the field gets an Q for quagmire and the league gets an S for stupid decision not to move the start of the game to 3PM.  The Bears outlasted the Ravens for a memorable 23-20 overtime win to keep themselves in the postseason discussion.  Let’s check out the Week 11 Report Card to see how everyone graded out.

Quarterback (A-)

In my mind, there is no quarterback controversy, but Josh McCown sure is making things interesting.  His efficient and mistake-free brand of football bring Jay-haters out of the woodwork.  McCown admitted that he doesn’t have the arm of Cutler or even opponent Joe Flacco, but he finds a way to get it done with his limited skills.  He gets downgraded a tick for a poor start to the game and not closing the deal with two sets of downs inside the 10 yard line, forcing the Bears to kick a field goal.

Running Back (B+)

Nov 17, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte (22) scores a touchdown during the second half at Soldier Field. Chicago won 23-20 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

Matt Forte kept the Bears alive in this game.  His 14-yard TD catch displayed everything you want out of a running back in one play.  He had 18 carries for 83 yards and added 5 catches for 42 yards to provide 125 yards of offense on a day when offense was at a premium.  Michael Bush’s existence on this roster – with 3 carries for 5 yards – brings the group down a grade.

Wide Receiver (B)

It’s hard to argue that there is a better wide receiver duo in the NFL today than Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery.  They are performing at an elite level for the Bears.  Alshon Jeffery gets dinged a grade for his ball security issues.  You’ve got to take care of those balls, son!

Tight End (B)

Martellus Bennett is a gamer.  He had the play of the day, a 43-yard catch that set up the game winning field goal.  He caught both balls that were sent his way.  He gets knocked down a letter grade for some silly false start penalties.

Offensive Line (B+)

Give these guys a ton of credit.  They battled in the trenches when they were actually trenches.  Josh McCown was only sacked twice and the running game averaged 4.0 yards per carry.  You can win with a formula like that.

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