Bears reporter Jay Taft breaks down the Bears' performance vs. Detroit.

Passing offense: A-

Jay Cutler is still getting sacked too much (four times Sunday), but that problem is overshadowed by the offense’s ability to hold onto the ball and put a game away. Cutler was 21-for-26 for 234 yards, he had no interceptions and he accumulated a 117.0 passer rating. He also spread the ball out to eight receivers.

Rushing offense: B+

Chicago rushed for 114 yards, led by Matt Forte (13-64) and Chester Taylor (9-33), who each scored a rushing TD on Sunday. Cutler even had two key first-down rushes, and the offense held the ball for 33:19, including the last 5:17 to lock up the win.

Passing defense: B-

The Bears failed to pick off or rattle third-string QB Drew Stanton, who had a 102.4 passer rating, the best against the Bears all season. But one long touchdown pass to Calvin Johnson was the only major blip on the screen for a passing defense that bent but only broke the one time.

Rushing defense: C+

Jahvid Best broke off a 45-yard run that hurt the Bears late in the first half, and Detroit rushed for 134 yards, almost 49 yards more than their average. But again, Chicago’s D held tight when it had to, especially late in the second half of a close ballgame.

Special teams: A-

Robbie Gould followed up a 30-yard punt return from Devin Hester with a key 54-yard field goal, lifting Chicago’s special teams to a solid day. Punter Brad Maynard buried two of his three punts inside the Lions’ 20, and one of the league’s best special teams units was strong once again.

Coaching: B

Lovie Smith and his staff once again adjusted nicely during the game. They stuck to the run game when it stalled at times, but went to a short-passing attack with a lot of quick-in routes that put Detroit on its heels. They also called more corner blitzes than in any other game this season, and most of them worked.

Overall: B+

Not an A because of what it took to knock off a two-win team, but like Julius Peppers said: "We’re finding out who we are, and we’re finding out that we’re a team that does whatever it takes to win."