Sep 22, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte (22) runs the ball against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the first quarter at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Jason Bridge-USA TODAY Sports

Chicago Bears vs Pittsburgh Steelers: Bears Report Card

The Chicago Bears may have a tough schedule ahead of them, but it is hard not be giddy about the team’s undefeated start to the regular season.

The Bears latest victory came against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday night.

The Steelers scored 23 points on Sunday, and by comparison, the Bears scored 23 points off of Steelers’ turnovers. The final score of the game was 40-to-23.

There were several impressive performances for the Bears on Sunday night and those performances are highlighted in Da Windy City’s latest report card of the Bears.

Sep 22, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler (6) throws a pass during warm-ups against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Jason Bridge-USA TODAY Sports

QB Jay Cutler | 20-of-30 passing for 159 yards with 1 touchdown and 0 turnovers 

  • This certainly wasn’t a flashy game for Cutler, but it was a tidy game. For the first time this season, Cutler faced consistent pressure throughout the game from the Steelers’ defense. Credit Cutler for his quick release in addition to making plays with both his arm and his feet. Cutler kept his composure in light of the Steelers’ pressure and that was perhaps one of the most impressive points of Sunday’s game. Grade: B

RB Matt Forte | 87 yards on 16 carries with 1 rushing TD/ 24 receiving yards on 4 receptions 

  • Forte was one of the main reasons why the Bears got off to a 24-3 start in the first half. Forte scored a touchdown in the first half while managing to find holes in the Steelers’ defense. Where Forte’s performance dropped off was in the second half. The Steelers made an adjustment at half-time and in the second half of the game the Bears struggled with running the ball. The Bears’ inability to run the ball is one of the main reasons the Steelers were able to get to within a touchdown before the Bears eventually put the game out of reach. Grade: B

WR Alshon Jeffery | 51 yards on 7 receptions (8 targets)

  • Alshon Jeffery found early success in the Bears game on Sunday. None of the Bears wide receivers had gaudy performances on Sunday but Jeffery proved to be dependable. For most of the game, Steelers’ cornerback Ike Taylor had wide receiver Brandon Marshall bottled up–that would be why Jeffery’s early success was important for the team’s offense. Grade: B 

MLB D.J. Williams | 4 tackles (2 sacks)

  • After the Bears struggled in getting to opposing quarterback in their first two games this season, the Bears created consistent pressure against Ben Roethlisberger on Sunday. Williams was one of main reasons why the Bears were able to generate pressure. Williams disrupted the Steelers’ backfield by having two sacks and forcing Roethlisberger to fumble.

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