Sep 15, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears wide receiver Devin Hester (23) returns a kick during the first quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

Minnesota Vikings vs Chicago Bears: Bears Report Card

Despite the fact that the Chicago Bears only defeated the Minnesota Vikings by one point, there was no doubt that the Bears had the statistical advantage on Sunday.

With that, here is a look at the Bears report card for their game against the Vikings.

QB Jay Cutler| 28-of-39 passing for a total of 3 touchdowns and 2 interceptions; passer rating of 97.2.

  • There were times when Cutler looked like the Cutler of old, making inexplicable turnovers at the wrong point in the game for the Bears. But the final two minutes of the game against the Vikings, Cutler showed how he has matured under the tutelage of Marc Trestman. Cutler never really forced the ball to any receiver during the Bears’ game-winning drive, instead, the quarterback was taking what the Vikings’ defense was giving him. That led to the second consecutive fourth quarter comeback for the Bears’ quarterback. Grade: B

RB Matt Forte | 161 yards from scrimmage on 11 receptions and 19 carries 

  • There was no mistake about what the Chicago Bears were trying to do on Sunday. The Bears saw how successful Reggie Bush of the Detroit Lions was against the Vikings, and the team implemented the same strategy with Forte.  While Forte did not necessarily have any flashy plays, the running back played a pivotal role in setting up the team’s offense. Grade: A

TE Martellus Bennett | 76 yards on 7 receptions including two touchdowns 

  • What a difference a capable tight end makes for a NFL offense. Look no further than Bennett’s performance in the red-zone as he brought in two red-zone touchdowns for the Bears including the one that won the game in the fourth quarter. Bennett also made a tremendous leaping catch in the end-zone, but it was for not as the tight end landed out-of-bounds. Grade: A

Bears’ Offensive Line | 1 sack allowed and 3 QB Hits

  • For the second straight week, the Bears’ offensive line managed to keep Cutler upright. There were times when the Vikings’ defensive line would generate pressure on Cutler, but for the most part, the Bears’ offensive line thwarted the Vikings’ attempt to get to Cutler. Grade: A

Population Tacklers

  • The key term entering the Bears game against the Vikings was “population tackles”. The term given by Charles Tillman on how the Bears’ defense must defend against Adrian Peterson. Peterson was kept in check as the running back had 100 yards on 26 carries (3.8 average). The Bears defense did not break against Peterson and that was the key to the game. Grade: B

Devin Hester | 5 Kickoff Returns for 249 Return Yards 

  • Hester did not have a return for a touchdown on Sunday, but the kickoff returner did a set a team record for the most total return yards in a game . Hester was electric for the Bears on Sunday and one could argue that he was the difference in the game for the Bears. Perhaps, performances like the one he had yesterday is why the Bears opted to keep Hester on the team. Grade: A

Tags: Chicago Bears Devin Hester Jay Cutler Martellus Bennett Matt Forte

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