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.
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.
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."